Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara

After 3 days in “the wrong Newport,” it was time for me to move on to Galway, my next destination. I had passed around Galway on my way north to Newport, and found a secondary road through the Connemara region to return with different scenery. Slowly, my confidence in driving on the left side . . . → Read More: Kylemore Abbey and the Connemara

Westport, and a visit to Westport House

I had passed through Westport as a junction to the final highway to Newport, on my way, and saved an afternoon to return and explore. It has a street named “Shop Street,” full of restaurants, pubs, clothing and shoe shops, and shops of many other small merchants. Coming into a place so busy and . . . → Read More: Westport, and a visit to Westport House

The Ruins of Burrishoole Abbey

On the carriageway to Achill Island I had passed another place of interest, and went back the next evening to find the sign directing me to Burrishoole Abbey, on another narrow lane heading toward the sea, and not far from Newport.

The roadside sign pointing out the lane to the abbey

It was about 3 . . . → Read More: The Ruins of Burrishoole Abbey

Kileen Cemetery by the sea

On my way to Achill Island, north of Newport, I passed the Kileen cemetery, the name of one of my good friends (Killeen–but signage at the cemetery was spelled both ways). It was only a kilometer off the “carriageway,” and I decided to follow my curiosity. First, I stopped to consider my first jaunt . . . → Read More: Kileen Cemetery by the sea

Newport, County Mayo–the WRONG Newport

I left Limerick with my heart in my throat—it had been an easy drive from Shannon Airport to my hotel in Limerick, about 15 miles along a “motorway” (freeway), and my hotel was on the near side of town, easy to spot—third exit from the third roundabout. (God bless Google maps!) So far, no . . . → Read More: Newport, County Mayo–the WRONG Newport

The “Titanic” blog—not “enormous,” just a disaster (for me)

I’m back from Ireland, back in my home in Spello, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to tell this story, write this blog. The day after I met my Irish cousins in Limerick, I was picked up by Martin (one of my cousins) for a day of visits to family heritage sites near . . . → Read More: The “Titanic” blog—not “enormous,” just a disaster (for me)

Family Ties in “The Old Country,” Ireland

April 30, 2017

This current trip began on April 20, when I arrived to open my home in Spello and clean for guests arriving from Sacramento and staying for 2 weeks, while I had to go elsewhere and leave my home to them. After considering many options, including visiting Sardinia’s beaches, going back to . . . → Read More: Family Ties in “The Old Country,” Ireland

“What happened to your blogs? Where did they go?”

I came back to Spello for this current visit with an agenda: getting blogs posted as soon as I could, and starting right away with a “bridge blog” to explain why so many months have gone by without any new posts–in fact, more than a year. It’s been an extraordinary time for me, with many challenges . . . → Read More: “What happened to your blogs? Where did they go?”

An ambitious update to Spello’s streets and utility services

(November 3, 2015) It’s been about eighteen months since the project began to dig up the main streets of Spello, and replace the outdated water, gas, power, sewer and other underground piping—long overdue, especially for those who have experienced sewer “issues” in their homes. Because there is one principal route up through Spello, just . . . → Read More: An ambitious update to Spello’s streets and utility services

A quick trip with Pat Hanna to Deruta

(November 2, 2015)  On our travels to find different wineries and wines, and get out into Umbria, Pat and I decided to make a short stop in nearby Deruta, one of the most famous names in the world for high-quality majolica ceramics. The town is filled with small shops, many featuring an artist painting . . . → Read More: A quick trip with Pat Hanna to Deruta