Keys to the Castle

Ever wondered what keys to the castle actually look like? Well, here they are: full size scans of the key to the room at Ashford Castle and at Dromoland Castle. Not exactly what I was thinking, either… Although the Ashford key is cool. And I do like “Distinction since 1543” on the Dromoland key. />… Continue reading

Ireland: In Residence in a Castle

I’ve never spent the night in a castle before this trip to Ireland. In fact, I’ve never even seen a real castle before this trip. The experience was most interesting. The castle grounds are spectacular. The heavily wooded spaces (virtual forests), and the green grass (most typically golf courses) were expansive beyond belief. Driving beyond the massive stone and gated… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Six – The Ashford Castle

  Yesterday was exhausting: the weather at the Cliffs of Moher (working against intense wind is just exhausting), the excitement of the Cliffs and discovering the beautiful area of Doolin, and then the drive for hours (mostly in the dark) in unfamiliar areas that are flooded. The Irish Independent stated today that the flooding has exceeded all known records. It’s… Continue reading

Ireland: Day Five – Cliffs of Moher and More

  Today the weather provided periods of sunshine (and sudden downpours), so… back to the Cliffs of Moher with wind gusts of up to 120kph (almost 75mph!). I can’t describe this place: the view, the wind, the cold, the drama of nature. One of the guys who works at the park told of a man who got lifted off of… Continue reading

Ireland: Another Aside

Tonight I’m staying in a castle, the Dromoland Castle, built in 1543, just a few years before Pensacola, Florida, my hometown, was first established. I can’t wait to shoot pictures of it tomorrow. Also, the heads of government around the country of Ireland must be reading my blog and took immediate action [this of course is my sense of humor.].… Continue reading