Tanya's Daily Scoop Covering the West Coast & the World CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: DINGLE, IRELAND
The Beautiful and Amazing Giant's Causeway
Hiya everyone! I have decent wifi again and I'm now writing to you from Killarney, Ireland. It's my 3rd time visiting here and that can only mean one thing - that I love it!!!
Anyhow more on this tomorrow. As for now I'm gonna fill in the blanks for our rather exhausting day that was yesterday.
Starting off at the ever gorgeous and spectacular Giant's Causeway...
Well actually let me take even one step back further and to The Causeway Hotel in Bushmills (literally next door to the Giant's Causeway Visitors Center), and as I was saying on Sunday " Location Location Location"!
One of the views from my balcony at The Causeway Hotel (c)travelincousins.com
Taking in the view (c)travelincousins.com
What a great piece of property (c)travelincousins.com
The Causeway Hotel has it all (c)travelincousins.com
Standing in front of the Causeway Hotel entrance (c)travelincousins.com
After sitting down in the lovely dining room for a delicious custom made veganized breakfast we had headed back to The Giant's Causeway and to check out the visitors center...
The Giant's Causeway visitors center (c)travelincousins.com
The foggy walk down to the Basalt Columns (c)travelincousins.com
And then the fog clears (c)travelincousins.com
Standing besides the Basalt columns (c)travelincousins.com
At the edge of the world (c)travelincousins.com
Walking on top of the Basalt columns (c)travelincousins.com
I love this pic of us (c)travelincousins.com
This place is on many bucket lists (c)travelincousins.com
Dominic in the fog (c)travelincousins.com
This was an interesting find...
Coins placed between the rock layers (c)travelincousins.com
Close up of coins placed between the rock layers (c)travelincousins.com
And then we were on our way for the longest drive on the trip and across the entire country (actually 2) from Bushmills, Northern Ireland to Dingle, Republic of Ireland.
With stops at the Peace Wall in Belfast...
Where they still lock the gates at 6pm every night Monday through Saturday and at 3pm on Sundays!
And to pickup some grub at the vegan 387 Ormeau Road - where we bought the store!!! LOL
More on this and more in general a bit later on - including one VERY SCARY DRIVE!!!
Time for me to be on the go once again... Hope I'm not exhausting you! -Travelin' Tanya
Elisa's Daily Scoop Covering Long Island & NYC Boroughs CURRENTLY ON LONG ISLAND
Celebrating 170 Years for The Irish Flag
Hey Guys! I would like to apologize for a typo made in yesterday's blog which slipped by prior to emailing time of The Daily Scoop.
The correct spelling is Woodlawn Heights and Woodlawn Cemetery. Click Here to access yesterday's blog, now fully corrected.
I just hate when I miss typos before I post our blog. But even worse is when I catch them quickly, but our email server has already sent it to our followers!! UGH! Anyway, hope it didn't cause confusion and all typos have been corrected.
Need to vent for a quick moment. If you are on Long Island or the nearby area, you can certainly attest to just how treacherous the weather is outside today.
Well, based on the forecast and the fact that the snow had started coming down quite hard as of dawn this morning, I assumed the kids' school would be closed. Afterall, every single college in the area, as well as the primary schools, were all listed as closed.
To my surprise, school was open. Now, it's no big deal for me to get up and get going in the morning. In fact, I even love driving around as that fabulous white stuff is coming down. But, honestly, folks, as a rule, it is not safe to be out and about on snowy and icy roads and clearly, a danger to school kids on buses.
What was the district thinking?!?!
I must say, I'm a bit worried about what the streets will be like by the time my girls get out of school. Ugh!!
In any case, I decided to pull over while driving back home, to take a few pictures. I wish I had taken my good camera - I only had my phone with which to snap away.
Roads getting snowy (c) travelincousins.com
Snow coming down (c) travelincousins.com
Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City today (c) travelincousins.com
Life goes on. As Irish History Month continues, let's chat a bit about the Irish Flag. How much do you know about its history and what it means?
In celebration of the flag's 170th Birthday last week, on March 7th, here are a few tidbits of information:
10 Facts About the Irish Flag
1. The national flag of Ireland (Irish: bratach na hÉireann) – frequently referred to as the Irish tricolour (trídhathach na hÉireann) – is the national flag and ensign of the Republic of Ireland.
2. The flag itself is a vertical tricolour of green, white and orange.
3. The flag was presented as a gift in 1848 to Thomas Francis Meagher from a small group of French women sympathetic to the Irish cause, intended to symbolize the inclusion and hoped-for union between Roman Catholics and Protestants.
4. Thomas Francis Meagher was an Irish nationalist and leader of the Young Irelanders in the Rebellion of 1848. 5. In the words of Meagher, the significance of the colors is: “The white in the centre signifies a lasting truce between Orange and Green and I trust that beneath its folds the hands of Irish Protestants and Irish Catholics may be clasped in generous and heroic brotherhood.”
Thomas Francis Meagher - Irish Nationalist (photo credit: wikipedia.org)
6. The tricolor came tom be regarded as the national flag during the Easter Rising of 1916, when it was raised above Dublin's General Post Office by Gearóid O'Sullivan.
7. The flag was adopted by the Irish Republic during the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921).
8. The flag's use was continued by the Irish Free State (1922–1937) and it was later given constitutional status under the 1937 Constitution of Ireland.
9. The tricolour is used by nationalists on both sides of the border as the national flag of the whole island of Ireland since 1916 and is flown by many nationalists in Northern Ireland as well as by the Gaelic Athletic Association.
10. Prior to the Easter Uprising, the primary flag of Ireland was green flag with a harp in the center, often known as the "Erin go Bragh" flag. This flag was used as early as 1642, by Owen Roe O’Neill, an Irish soldier, and leader of the O’Neill dynasty. Erin go Braugh, is the anglicisation of an Irish language phrase, Éirinn go Brách, and is used to express allegiance to Ireland.
Please catch up on Tanya's pictures and account of her visit to Amazing Giant's Causeway in Belfast, Ireland this week!