Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Robert Roberts Tea in Ireland

 Hotel rooms outside the USA are equipped for tea making. 
The Wyatt Hotel in Westport had Robert Roberts Luxury Kenyan Tea bags
and all the "fixings" for an Irish cuppa.
I did a bit of research and learned Robert Roberts, located
in Dublin has been blending and packing tea since 1905.
It can be found in some USA locations. 

Monday, July 30, 2018

Matt Molloy's Pub in Westport

 Glenn, Austin and Susan in front of Matt Molloy's Pub,
a very popular venue for Irish music, owned by the legendary flute player.
 Wesport, in County Mayo, is a popular tourist destination,
 and a town we would like to return to visit on our next trip to Ireland. 
Yes, we are already talking about our next trip!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Westport Cupan Tae Tearoom

We arrived in Westport in the late afternoon.
As the bus drove through town to The Wyatt Hotel, 
I spotted the Cupan Tae Tearoom.
Glenn, Austin and I quickly walked there.
To our delight, they were still open with a limited dessert menu.
There are two of these tearooms in Ireland.  
We found the other one later in the trip.

This is a traditional tearoom with a modern twist. 

I keep saying, if you are gluten free, Ireland is the best place in the world to travel!
This is polenta cake. 

I love the way they bring the tea timer to the table to know
when your pot of tea is ready to drink 

Glenn had Coffee and Cream Cake, very different from American coffee cake,
this cake is flavored with coffee and served with a hefty portion of clotted cream. 

The various teas on the menu are stored in metal canisters, 
and small bags are available for sale. 

 A little tea education below:

Below:  Is there really resident mouse with it's own tea room?
Or perhaps it belongs to an Irish fairy? 

Oh how I love to visit small traditional tearooms.
I am so fortunate my guys enjoy it too.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Castles and Rock Walls Are Everywhere

Did you know Kentucky is on a limestone base, similar to Ireland?
The rock walls (fences) in Kentucky were built by Irish immigrants.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Yeats Grave, Drumcliff Church and the Museum of Country Life

A visit to the grave of William Butler Yeats and the 
Church of Ireland Drumcliffe.

The National Museum of Ireland
Many displays of early life in Ireland were interesting, 
but I was drawn to the wedding display.

Monday, July 23, 2018

County Donegal, June 14th

After our visit at Belleek, we ventured to the coast
for lunch at the Smugglers Creek Inn where it was very windy.
I forgot to take photos inside the pub, but the scenic view was amazing.

We returned to Donegal town for a little shopping, and
as you can tell, Austin bought his hat. 
You will see this hat in every photo from now on.
Photo above on our second night at the Solis Eske Castle Hotel. 


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