07 Dec 2016 1 Comment
03 Dec 2016 8 Comments
This is my entry for Cee’s Which Way Challenge, from a hike last Sunday called the Glenalochy walk in West Cork. The sign above shows the way to the top of the mountain, and the house of George – George was an old farmer who lived from about 1900 to 1950 on a few acres right at the top of the mountain, his house was quite a few miles from the nearest village, Dunmanway, and of course he probably walked or cycled everywhere, in all kinds of weather. He became known as ‘George the Sky’ because of the remoteness of his house.
The walk was very beautiful, a bit strenuous, but there were great views, even if we didn’t go as high as George’s house, and we came across a lake half way up the mountain, and magnificent views.
At the start and end of the hike we passed Castle Donovan – a castle that has been around for almost 600 years, and is/was the seat of the O’Donovan clan. For any of you with Irish ancestors, you can read more about this castle here, who knows, it might be part of your ancestry!
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30 Nov 2016 Leave a comment
29 Nov 2016 4 Comments
Last Sunday we went on a hike in Dunmanway, West Cork, on a looped walk on the mountains around Castle Donovan. This castle, also known as O’Donovan’s Castle, has been around since 1560, so it’s no wonder it looks a little weatherbeaten now!
Linked to Narami’s Tuesdays of Texture
24 Nov 2016 3 Comments
This is the Summer Palace outside Vienna, the Schonbrunn Imperial Palace. It’s the summer palace of the Hapsburg family, and the land has been in their family since 1569. The wife of the Emperor Ferdinand had a palace built here in 1696, and nowadays it is a very popular tourist attraction, with some of the rooms in the palace open to the public, together with the magnificient maze, the gloriette, amazing sculptures and waterfalls like the photo below, with Neptune and his nymphs enjoying the waters
There are so many different and interesting buildings and sculptures to see at the Gardens that we spent almost a whole day wandering around, taking lots of photos, enjoyed a gelato and coffee at the cafe in the Gloriette and caught a tram home, happy to sit and rest our aching feet at the end of the day.
21 Nov 2016 4 Comments
Some ostentatious ornaments we came across in a shop window in Italy.