Didn't know Spoons were so handy

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 17, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Clare,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sorry this took a bit to get the blog to you but we will make up for it.

We were off this morning and leaving Clifden heading south toward The Cliffs of Mohr and more specifically Lisdoonvarna which is were we were going to be staying. Along the way there were a couple key points that we wanted to stop and look at. One of them being a beach called Coral Strand where all of the sand on the beach is made up of crushed coral. We took a handful and some pictures of it as it is nothing like you have seen before. Very beautiful place but extremely windy. That was the theme for the day. We headed out along the back coastal roads. This in itself was a great way to see the countryside of Ireland. Very stressful on the driver (me) but all in all as each day passes I get better and better at it. Another stop along the way brought us to Dogs Bay. This beach is deemed a Green Beach of Ireland this means the water is clean enough to bath in and the way the beach is kept it is clean. Right next to the beach there is a camp of what we are calling “Nomads”. If you have ever seen the movie Snatch with Brad Pitt this is what he was depicted as in the movie. After that we headed back down the coast to more beautiful sites and plenty of picture oppurtunitys along the way.

We finally pulled into our Hostel after a bit a trouble figureing out where it was. Come to find out that the whole month of September in Lisdoonvarna is the Match Making Festival where people from all of the country come to meet here and meet possibly a wife or husband. Now before you guys go and get to excited about it It frankly scared the crap out of me because we heard horror stories that when walking down the street you could get propositioned right there for a dance and the look at you hand to see if you married. When we were having dinner the gal behind the bar told us that she puts a ring on for this month becuase she doesn't want to deal with it. So needless to say we stick to our side of town when we arrived and got settled.

We had the best meal we have ever had at a place called Wild Honey. The chef owned and operated this with his family. Now when I use the word Chef I do not use this lightly. He trained with some of the top chefs we know today and has trained around the world. He got tired of all the copetition and decided to open a place of his own. The burger I had was the by far the best burger I have ever eaten. I belive Trish would say the same of her meal as well.

After that we were back and the Hostel and regrouping. We were told that there was some fantastic music that would be playing just down the road at The Roadside Tavern. We headed down there about 9:30 and beat the crowd. We got a front row seat. The musicians in Ireland do not have a stage. They sit with you in the bar and if there are other muscians in the area then they will join in as well. Like jam session. Toward the middle of the evening a gentelman by the name of Stephen sat with us and later on ended up talking with us as the evening wore on he asked for two spoons from the bar tender he brought them over and started playing the spoons with the band. It was SOOOOO awesome. More to this story when we get back as I am sitting on bought internet time,
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