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 #21 · Posted: 10 Jul 2016 20:19 
Derry - Londonderry, Northern Ireland 2016.

Sitting snug on the River Foyle, Derry-Londonderry is Ireland’s only surviving walled city. But don’t think for a second that those walls hem it in.
Northern Ireland’s second city a buzzing, modern spot with great pubs, fantastic restaurants and a lively cultural scene.

Peace Bridge with two structural arms heading in opposite directions, symbolizing the unification of both communities from the opposite sides of the Foyle river,
the Protestant Waterside and the Nationalist Bogside, these two opposed and independent arms are now united in a structural handshake across the river.
Opened in 2011 this 235 metre long, 4 metre wide curved footpath, track and cycleway stretches from the Guild Hall in the city centre of Derry City to Ebrington
Square and St Columb’s Park on the far side of the River Foyle.

Derry Town Hall.

The Walled City of Derry.

 #22 · Posted: 10 Jul 2016 20:01 
Galway, Ireland 2016.

Rising over the River Corrib, imposing Galway Cathedral was dedicated by the late Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston in 1965. The interior is fantastic,
with a beautifully decorated dome, attractive Romanesque arches, lovely mosaics and rough-hewn stonework emblazoned with copious stained glass.


Sligo Downtown, Ireland 2016

 #23 · Posted: 2 Jul 2016 20:12 
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland 2016.

The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year.

Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland.
From the Cliffs of Moher on a clear day one can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in
Connemara, Loop Head to the south and the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerry. O’Brien’s Tower stands near the highest point and has
served as a viewing point for visitors for hundreds of years.
In the ancient Gaelic language, the word Mothar means “ruined fort” and a 1st century BC fort stood where Moher tower now stands. Therefore the Cliffs
of Moher means the cliffs of the ruined fort and although there is no trace remaining of this two thousand year old fort it has given name to the cliffs.

 #24 · Posted: 26 Jun 2016 18:30 
Limerick, Ireland 2016.

King John's Castle is a 13th-century castle located on King's Island in Limerick, Ireland, next to the River Shannon. Although the site dates back to 922 when the Vikings lived on the Island,
the castle itself was built on the orders of King John in 1200. One of the best preserved Norman castles in Europe, the walls, towers and fortifications remain today and are visitor attractions.
The remains of a Viking settlement were uncovered during archaeological excavations at the site in 1900.

Museum and underground excavation site.

Limerick City view from top tower.

 #25 · Posted: 26 Jun 2016 18:12 
Kinsale, Ireland 2016.
Kinsale is a historic port and fishing town in County Cork, Ireland. The city is a popular holiday resort for Irish and overseas tourists.

Kinsale is known for its brightly coloured shops.

 #26 · Posted: 26 Jun 2016 18:00 
Wine Tasting Tour at Jameson Whiskey Distiller, Middleton, Ireland 2016.

The lamp was made of whiskey bottles.

 #27 · Posted: 17 Jun 2016 20:53 
Blarney, Ireland 2016.

Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland, and the River Martin. Though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot, the current keep
was built by the MacCarthy of Muskerry dynasty, a cadet branch of the Kings of Desmond, and dates from 1446.[4] The Blarney Stone is among the machicolations of the castle.
The castle originally dates from before 1200, when a timber house was believed to have been built on the site, although no evidence remains of this. Around 1210 this was
replaced by a stone fortification. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac Laidir MacCarthy.

Blarney House is a Scottish baronial-style mansion that was built on the grounds in 1874.

The Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of tower. Kiss it and you'll never again be lost for words. It costs $1E for a kiss with awkward pose.

Surrounding the castle are extensive gardens. There are paths touring the grounds with signs pointing out the various attractions such as several natural rock formations with fanciful names such as
Druid's Circle, Witch's Cave and the Wishing Steps. The grounds include a poison garden with a number of poisonous plants, including wolfsbane, mandrake, ricin and opium, as well as cannabis.

 #28 · Posted: 11 Jun 2016 18:26 
Kilkenny, Ireland 2016.

Kilkenny Castle is a castle in Kilkenny, Ireland built in 1195 by William Marshal, 1st Earl of Pembroke to control a fording-point of the River Nore and the junction
of several routeways. It was a symbol of Norman occupation and in its original thirteenth-century condition it would have formed an important element of the defences
of the town with four large circular corner towers and a massive ditch, part of which can still be seen today on the Parade.


Kilkenny is a popular tourist destination, and it's still cold here in May with cherry blossom.

 #29 · Posted: 5 Jun 2016 20:43 
Ireland, 2016.

How do I like Ireland? Well it's depending on what you're asking. If you're looking for well-known structures and bustling activities in large cities, you will be likely disapointed.
However, I'm looking for something different from other vacations, then Ireland has a lot offers; a beautiful and peaceful country-like settings to keep your mind calm from busy life.

An enjoyable show in Dublin, and Tap dance is Irish specialty. Video was mixed with other show - select setting and choose 720HD to play. (Adobe Flash Player required)

Stephen Green, main park in Dublin.

Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government's administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. Most of it dates from the 18th century,
though a castle has stood on the site since the days of King John, the first Lord of Ireland. The Castle served as the seat of English, then later British government of Ireland under the Lordship of Ireland
(1171–1541), the Kingdom of Ireland (1541–1800), and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1800–1922).

The Book of Kells, sometimes known as the Book of Columba, is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament
together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created in a Columban monastery in Ireland or may have had contributions from various Columban institutions
from both Britain and Ireland. It is believed to have been created c. 800.
The exhibition was at Trinity College library. The college was found in 1511.

Few pages downloaded from internet - picture not allowed.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, also known as The National Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Patrick, Dublin, founded in 1191, is the largest church in Ireland.

Main shopping mall with Irish look.

Interesting old buildings.

Peaceful scenery in Glendalough.

 #30 · Posted: 30 May 2016 01:42 
Cascais, Portugal 2015.

All over Portugal, many cobblestone streets with "wave-pattern" art on uneven surface will make you having motion sickness.


Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is known for its many 19th-century Romantic architectural monuments, which has resulted in its classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Although
its heritage in buildings and nature is the most visible face of the historic individuality of Sintra, a whole literary heritage has made the area a legendary reference
in Portuguese culture. It has become a major tourist centre, visited by many day-trippers who travel from the centre and suburbs of the capital Lisbon.

Historic Village Town Center.

The Palace of Sintra, also called Town Palace is located in the town of Sintra, in the Lisbon District of Portugal. It is a present-day historic house museum.
It is the best preserved medieval royal residence in Portugal, being inhabited more or less continuously from at least the early 15th century to the late 19th
century. It is an significant tourist attraction, and is part of the cultural landscape of Sintra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Islamic artistic influence reflected in the choice of polychromed ceramic tiles as a preferred decorative art form.

The Swann's Room in Manueline style, named so because of the swans painted on the ceiling.

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