From Pulp and Paper to Community Hub

During the month of December I am participating in #reverb14 as a means of getting my writing habits back on track. I will be altering the prompts as needed to fit within the scope of this blog. Today's prompt is: When did you feel beautiful this year? Why? Altered prompt: Discuss a beautiful heritage project … Continue reading From Pulp and Paper to Community Hub

Chicago Architecture From the River

I recently spent a few days in Chicago, Illinois.  This is the first in a series of posts about the museums, architecture, public gardens, and art I visited while there. During my fist full day in Chicago I spent part of the afternoon enjoying the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise.  The 90 minute boat tour featured … Continue reading Chicago Architecture From the River

Architecture and Preservation at Open House Dublin

Tyrone HouseMy last day in Ireland was spent in Dublin. By happenstance Open House Dublin (OHD) was occurring that day and I was able to check out some local built heritage sites.  Open House Dublin is very similar to Doors Open days which allow people to tour buildings which are often closed to the general … Continue reading Architecture and Preservation at Open House Dublin

Old Buildings and Equipment at the Kilbeggan Distillery

Water wheelThe most direct drive from Galway to Dublin takes you along a major motorway, which is pretty devoid of scenery.  But there are a number of small towns along the way if you decide you want to explore.  I ended up stopping at the Kilbeggan Distillery.  The Distillery offers both guided tours and self … Continue reading Old Buildings and Equipment at the Kilbeggan Distillery

Exploring Galway on Foot

The city of Galway is very walkable.  It is a compact city with lots of walking paths and pedestrian only area.  A few of the places I explored on foot included the Eglington Canal, the Spanish Arch, and the Salthill promenade.   The canal is bordered by paths which take you through residential areas, parks, … Continue reading Exploring Galway on Foot

Seaside Heritage on the Dingle Peninsula

Dunbeg FortThe Dingle Peninsula was one of my favourite areas of Ireland.  The sea side town was homey and the surrounding country size was awe inspiring.  The Slea Head drive in particular offered some great views of the the coastline, natural heritage, and a handful of built heritage sites.  The Dunbeg Fort was the first … Continue reading Seaside Heritage on the Dingle Peninsula

Ring Forts and Castles in a Farmer’s Field

The Ring of Kerry was one of the low points of the trip for me.  Yes, the landscape was beautiful but it was a lot of driving and there were definitively other natural heritage sites that I thought more impressive.  However, part way through the Ring of Kerry I visited the Ballycarbery Castle and Ring … Continue reading Ring Forts and Castles in a Farmer’s Field

Military History and Stunning Sea Views at Charles Fort

Kinsale, County Cork was one of my favourite spots in Ireland.  The quaint seaside town had small narrow streets, delicious sea food, and a number of local attractions.  Charles Fort located 2km outside of Kinsale is a 17th century star shaped fort.  The distance to the Fort is walkable from the town and the views … Continue reading Military History and Stunning Sea Views at Charles Fort

Gardens and Sculptures at Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle and the Blarney Stone are some of the most well known Irish landmarks.  The Castle was built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy, the King of Munster and was one of the more rustic 'castles' I saw on my trip. The staircase up to the top of the Castle was twisty, cramped and not … Continue reading Gardens and Sculptures at Blarney Castle

Religious History at the Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey

Cathedral at Rock of CashelFollowing a great evening in Kilkenny I traveled to the Rock of Cashel also known as St. Patrick's Rock in Tipperary County.  The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster until 1101 when the site was transferred to the Catholic Church in Ireland. The majority of … Continue reading Religious History at the Rock of Cashel and Hore Abbey