Thursday, November 13, 2008


We went down to Clare last Sunday, for a 3-day mini-break, courtesy of the Woodies vouchers (€100 discount - one of the good things about Recession Ireland!)

We stayed in the Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, where we got an average room (not as nice as the one we stayed in a few years ago, and certainly not as luxurious as the ones showing on the website), but it was quiet and we slept really well, so we're not complaining. It was excellent value for money, and we were lucky with the weather, so we didn't spend that much time in the hotel.

On the 1st day, we toured from Lahinch to Doolin, Fanore and Ballyvaughan. It was cold and blustery and showery, but really invigorating.

On the 2nd day, we drove down South to the Loop Head peninsula, taking in the breathtaking cliff views of the coastline. We got plenty more sunshine than expected. The forecast for the few days was not good. We got a lot of rain on the way down on Sunday, but got 3 sunny days after that, a real bonus.
We took lots and lots of pictures, which we'll have to sift through now. Great inspiration for painting! I just need to find the time. I had brought my pencils with me, but didn't go near them. Where does the time fly?

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