Category Archives: History

Monterey’s Cannery Row

The central California coastline of Monterey Bay stretches for about 44 miles from Santa Cruz in the north to Pacific Grove in the south. The last six tenths of a mile of the road that runs along the city of … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Dublin’s Merrion Square

The four Georges from the German House of Hanover ruled Great Britain and Ireland from 1714 to 1830 and this period as well as the popular architectural style of the time has become known as Georgian. Early in the 18th … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Dublin’s EPIC Museum

On the fifth of July last year we woke up to a rainy Friday morning in Dublin and thought what would be a better day than to visit the magnificent museum next door to our hotel: EPIC the Irish Emigration … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Book of Kells

St Columcille was a prominent Irishman of the 6th century who founded 27 monasteries all over Ireland including one at Kells in what is now County Meath. In 563 Columcille and 12 of his followers traveled to the tiny island … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Dublin Sightseeing Tour, Part Two

As mentioned at the end of my last post, my wife, two daughters and three granddaughters hopped off the bus to visit the two cathedrals of Christ Church and St Patrick’s while my two sons-in-law, my grandson and I stayed … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Dublin’s O’Connell Street

O’Connell Street is the city of Dublin’s major thoroughfare.  It runs from the River Liffey at O’Connell Bridge northward for 500 meters to Parnell Square. In the 17th century it was  called Drogheda Street for Henry Moore, the Earl of … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Connemara, Part Four — Ross Errily Friary

There are more than 100 medieval monastic sites lying in ruins all over Ireland. Followers of St Patrick began building them in the 6th century. Viking raiders began destroying them in the 9th century. Norman conquerors began building more in … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Rest of the Ulster Museum

Believe it or not, we actually saw other things in the Ulster Museum that had nothing to do with the Game of Thrones. Unless, that is, these dinosaurs are considered cousins of dragons:

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Ireland 2019: The Titanic Museum

It was a rainy day in Belfast,  the day after all our adventures along the north Antrim coast (see here, here, here and here), and we were still exhausted.  So it wasn’t until mid-afternoon when we finally ventured out of … Continue reading

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D-Day and Cousin George

I first posted this article five years ago and am reposting in honor of my Dad’s cousin George and everyone else who participated in D-Day 75 years ago today. My Dad’s cousin George jumped into Normandy on D-Day, 70 years … Continue reading

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