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Photoblog: Wild Donegal

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Me_at_Slieve_League.jpgFor a native of a cosy, leafy corner of suburban south Dublin, the remote wilderness of rural County Donegal in the north-west corner of Ireland is probably about as different a place you could find from my urban background without travelling to a different country. So perhaps it's fitting that this is location for the first post I've ever written about travel within Ireland.

Late December is probably not the most popular time to visit this area because of the wet winter weather, but then warmth and sunshine are elusive most of the time in Ireland, and no less so in the wild northwest.

The weather did not spoil the view either as the rugged green landscape seems to look best when it's a little wet!

We stayed in a cottage outside Ardara that boasted spectacular views as well as many sheep, gates and mud on the outside and a cosy hearth getaway on the inside where radio is the new wifi and books are the new television. Trust me this is a good thing not a bad thing, call it a digital detox. Plus there's delicious food and drink in the village itself, such as the mussels at Nancy's Bar (Charles McHugh), as well as excellent trad music.

Anyway enough blather, here's some nice pictures :-)

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The view from our driveway (yes, you read that correctly)

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The cottage

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The hearth

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Gweebarra River

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The road to Slieve League, as seen from about halfway looking back to the entrance. Having initially attempted this on foot and feeling like I was trapped in the set of Waiting for Godot, we went back for the car :-)

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This picture pretty much sums up driving in Donegal :-)

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Some views of Slieve League mountain and its Atlantic sea-cliffs
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Trad session in The Corner House
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Posted by BillLehane 06:37 Archived in Ireland Tagged travel ireland cottage photos holidays europe photography irish donegal ardara Comments (0)

Photoblog: Autumn falling in New England

Chasing colours across the northeast United States

semi-overcast 15 °C

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Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts

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Woodstock, Vermont

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Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts

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Taftsville covered bridge, Vermont

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Quechee Gorge, Vermont

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Granary Burying Ground, Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston Common, Massachusetts

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Posted by BillLehane 07:02 Archived in USA Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises trees leaves travel fall driving us autumn america photos holidays leaf photography united states tourist_sites leaf_peeping Comments (0)

Photoblog: Hilltop Prague - Vyšehrad Castle

10 °C

So myself and Megan took a quick trip to Vyšehrad Castle last weekend. Relatively crowded already on what was the first sunny weekend of 2011, it promises to be jam packed for the whole summer with its expansive views of the city and Prague Castle. My main impression of the place, apart from enjoying the woodland and park areas, was to decide that it would be a good place for beers in the sun come summer (there is a beer garden selling fresh Pilsner and sausages). Until next time, dear readers, enjoy the pictures and remember that even the long Prague winter has its sunny side up.
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Posted by BillLehane 01:42 Archived in Czech Republic Tagged landscapes churches prague castle weekend czech photography republic tourist_sites living_abroad Comments (2)

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