S: PARIS - IRELAND
FC: IRELAND | PARIS
1: Paris is always a good idea - The movie "Sabrina"
2: On June 15th we (Diana, Pat, Pam, and Jerry) took off from SeaTac for Paris. Had time for a group picture with Patrick's new IPad. Way cool! | Looking chic for the plane to Ireland
3: To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.-Victor Hugo
4: The Frenchman, by nature, is sensuous and sensitive. He has intelligence, which makes him tired of life sooner than other kinds of men. He is not athletic: he sees the futility of the pursuit of fame; the climate at times depresses him.-Anais Nin | On our first night Diana got us tickets to see "How to Become Parisian in One Hour." We learned to roll our eyes and say "Pffft" as well as any Parisian. After we returned to a café we had just found and loved called Bistrot du Peintre.
5: The concert at St. Chapelle was sublime! | Checked out a very strange fellow in Hotel- Dieu. | You can't escape the past in Paris, and yet what's so wonderful about it is that the past and present intermingle so intangibly that it doesn't seem to burden. -Allen Ginsberg
6: "To travel is to live." -Hans Christian Andersen | Our apartment was 1 block away from NotreDame. So close to the Metro. Yes we shopped and visited
7: Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station—the Gare D’Orsay—and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens, the Place de la Concorde, the beginning of the Champs Elysees — nearly everything except the Luxembourg Gardens and the Palais Royal. But what other city offers as much as you leave a train? -Margaret Anderson | the: Eiffel Tower La Pagode Theater, Pont Alexandre, Les Invalides, and Many Beautiful Gardens. We brought our own Hunchback for the Notre Dame.
9: Winding our way through the cobble streets of Montmartre, we reached on the hill top - where Sacre-Coeur over looks Paris.
10: On earth there is no heaven, only pieces of it. Jules Renard | A day trip by train to the Palace of Fontainebleau.
12: THE S Ddid w | Everything ends this way in France - everything. Weddings, christenings, duels, burials, swindlings, diplomatic affairs -everything is a pretext for a good dinner.-Jean Anouilh
14: " A final reminder. Whenever you are in Paris at twilight in the early summer, return to the Seine and watch the evening sky close slowly on a last strand of daylight fading quietly, like a sigh.” Kate Simon
16: Céad míle fáilte"
17: Welcome to Ireland | After landing in Dublin we traveled north to stay at Roughgrange B and B. At dusk while walking the path along the river the lights on Newgrange slowly lit up. The sheep kept us good company.
18: “Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!" William Butler Yeats | Newgrange and Knowth
21: The Burren. Where there are no trees to hang a man. Where there is not enough water to drown him. And if you finally succeeded in killing him, it's too rocky to bury him." Edmund ludlow | If your tour guide writes a book you just have to buy one from the boot of his car!
22: Cliffs of Moher with a night in Doolin.
23: "You know it's summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer." - Hal Roach
24: A I don’t know why, but the meals we have on picnics always taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors,’ said George.” Enid Blyton, Five Go Off in a Caravan
26: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PARTICK
27: Surprise for Patrick. A stay at Abbyglen for his birthday. So romantic and special. Of course we had champagne.
30: "Hugging trees has a calming effect on me. I'm talking about enormous trees that will be there when we are all dead and gone. I've hugged trees in every part of this little island." - Gerry Adams | KYLEMORE ABBY
31: WESTPORT is where we found the Crac. Politics in one corner and music in the other. We went home late with yummy take-away.
32: "Life is to important a thing ever to talk seriously about." -Oscar Wilde
34: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park | "Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country's most friendless days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation." - George Washington, speaking of Ireland's support for America during the revolution.
35: Cashel | "It's not that the Irish are cynical. It's simply that they have a wonderful lack of respect for everything and everybody." Brendan Behan
37: When I die Dublin will be written in my heart. James Joyce
39: The Parting Glass O, all the money e'er I had, I spent it in good company. And all the harm that ever I've done, alas it was to none but me. And all I've done for want of wit to mem'ry now I can't recall; So fill to me the parting glass, Good night and joy be with you all. | O, all the comrades e'er I had, They're sorry for my going away. And all the sweethearts e'er I had, They'd wished me one more day to stay. But since it falls unto my lot, That I should rise and you should not, I gently rise and softly call, Goodnight and joy be with you all. | I had money enough to spend, And leisure time to sit awhile. There is a fair maid in this town, That sorely has my heart beguiled. Her rosy cheeks and ruby lips, I own, she has my heart in thrall; Then fill to me the parting glass, Goodnight and joy be with you all. | Slainte | Á votre santé!