This is part of the seventeenth section of our
around the world trip.
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Coming from the United
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previous visit to Ireland
17/5/11 The ferry arrived at 6pm and after our passports were stamped it was off to our hotel in Rosslare, another Booking.com booked hotel, still the cheapest and easiest to cancel accommodation we have found in Europe. Almost all their hotels in our price range, the cheapest, have free wi/fi to book ahead to the next place, so we can check the weather, get emails etc. By punching in a destination in the direction we are heading, allowing a circle around that destination, up to 100km, we find the cheapest place and head there. It often gives us an unusual destination in a small town rather than a city, often unusual accommodation like a country pub, off the tourist track.
18/5/11 Drogheda via Tullamore. Decided to take the inland
route as the day was, weather wise, good for Ireland. Five minutes of
drizzle rain, 10 minutes of sunshine, 20 minutes of cloud, followed by
the same pattern over and over again, so was
pretty good. Had coffee
and scones and a pub lunch along the way which kept the inside fires
warming the outside limbs. Scenery lovely, similar to Wales, rolling
green hills, stone wall fences, clipped hedge rows, small villages of
brightly decorated shops, with old and modern farmhouses dotting across
the countryside which is surprisingly dry for this time of year. A
lovely days riding.
19/5/11 Booking.com had us on a lovely country estate, Boyne
Valley Hotel, just out of Drogheda. A resort hotel, original building
circa 1845, but extended, now with a heated indoor pool, tennis courts,
spa and gym facilities. We had indulged in a Guinness pint last night
and repeated the ritual tonight in the garden conservatory. Not
normally Guinness drinkers, somehow it tastes twice as good in Ireland
as it does anywhere else we have indulged.
20/5/11 Headed further north this morning. The stamping of our
passports arriving in Ireland now seemed unnecessary as we left the
country for Northern Ireland without any formalities, without any
border signs. The only indication was road signs were now in miles per
hour and not kilometres per hour.
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