Tag Archives: County Down

Ireland 2019: Banksy’s Street Art at the Culloden

Can you think of a better anti-establishment symbol than Banksy, the anonymous street artist who has spread his satirical message on walls throughout the world? How about a better pro-establishment symbol in Northern Ireland than the splendid but stuffy Culloden … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: The Culloden Estate and Spa in Cultra

The tiny community of Cultra is a wealthy suburb located just east of Holywood and is about five miles from central Belfast. As you drive along the tree-lined roads you will sometimes get a glimpse of the stately mansions set … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Dinner in the Holywood Hills

On Sunday evening we were invited to attend a gathering of the clan at the Holywood Golf Club high up in the Holywood Hills about seven miles southeast of Belfast. It was a reunion of sorts since most of us … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Game of Thrones Tour, Part Five — Tollymore

After packing up our cloaks and swords we left Inch Abbey and drove through the town of Downpatrick until we reached the A25 road and then we headed westward past the village of Clough until we reached the town of … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Game of Thrones Tour, Part Four — Direwolves and Monks

Well, we didn’t see any monks on our GoT tour because King Henry VIII either evicted or executed all of the monks in the British Isles between 1536 and 1542 and dissolved all of their abbeys. We did tour one … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Game of Thrones Tour, Part Two — Castle Ward

It took usĀ  just a few minutes to drive the one and a half miles from the village square of Strangford to our parking spot just outside the walls of Castle Ward, known to Game of Thrones fans as Winterfell, … Continue reading

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Ireland 2019: Our Game of Thrones Tour, Part One — Strangford Lough

Friday was Shopping Day for my wife and daughter and grandkids but it was Game of Thrones Day for me and my son-in-law Brian. There are many companies that offer tours of GoT film locations in Northern Ireland. We chose … Continue reading

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Traveling with our Irish Cousins in Europe and the US

We stayed in Edinburgh for one week during our visit to Scotland this last May. And three of those days were spent with our Irish cousins Henry and Geraldine and Henry’s niece Rosie. It was our eighth reunion with our … Continue reading

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Why We Drove through Six Mile Canyon to Dayton

OK, I promised I would finish the story on why we drove from Virginia City through Six Mile Canyon to Dayton that October Day in 2007 (see my previous posting here on the Monochrome Madness Road theme). We went to … Continue reading

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