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    This is Ireland: The Wild Atlantic Way

    In May 2017 we toured along the Wild Atlantic Way from South to North. In this thread i will try to give you some impressions.

    waw_nationalmapgraphic_june2016_zones_v2-mr by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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    #2
    To get there we had to cross France. A trip of about 1.000km from Stuttgart to Cherbourg. We drove about 800km on the first day to Beuvron-en-Auge to meet a dear friend.

    IMG_6452_zps8s1f3glp by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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    • Seagull
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      Such a lovely CVF meet-up to begin the trip

    • yvneac
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      I have fond memories of that evening.

    #3
    So do we! Thank you again for hosting us after our long trip through lots of rain. We enjoyed that dinner and our discussions very much!

    We spent the night at the local campground, as mostly we were the smallest vehicle.

    2017-05-07 08.02.40 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    The rain stopped during the night, but the next morning was still quite foggy and dark. So not the best light to take pictures. But Yves, you could take us with you on a photo walk on a sunny day. It is so beautiful there.

    2017-05-07 08.13.05 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

    Not surprising, why Bevron is said to be the most pittoresque village in the Normandy.

    2017-05-07 08.12.38 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
    Last edited by Ralf__; September 8th, 2017, 11:29.
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      #4
      Some more views.

      2017-05-07 08.11.56 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      This market hall was renovated in 1975 by using parts of demolished houses, which had to give way for a new built highway. Originally it was open at the sides, but now there is a famous restaurant inside.

      2017-05-07 08.11.13 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      2017-05-07 08.11.05 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      2017-05-07 08.10.46-1 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      2017-05-07 08.08.52 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
      Last edited by Ralf__; September 6th, 2017, 10:35.
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      • yvneac
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        I see you had an expert eye on the village!

      #5
      It was a 2-hour-drive from Beuvron to Cherbourg and the sky was clearing up and so we had a sunny place at the upper deck of the ferry Stena Horizon. And so did our campervan.

      2017-05-07 14.43.22 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      Old and new in Cherbourg harbour.

      2017-05-07 15.06.28 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

      It was astonishing, that the ferry needed a harbour pilot, but maybe it was a trial. The boat was beside us for a very long distance.

      2017-05-07 15.17.50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
      Last edited by Ralf__; September 8th, 2017, 11:35.
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        #6
        View towards our destination. Doesn't give you this the feeling to have taken the right decision???

        2017-05-07 17.00.09 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        After a very interesting dinner (meat and fish looking very different, but tasting very similar) we had some drinks in the bar using ship wifi.

        2017-05-07 21.41.36 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        If ever possible, don't use this ferry. Although just 10 years old and originally built for Sicilia, she is quite worn out. Bad matrasses, masses of cattle on board on the France destination, she is a truck and catlle carrier without any charme. The kitchen does it's best to motivate the passengers to bring their own food with them. The drinks at the bar however are fairly priced and well tapped. So what could we do???

        2017-05-07 21.49.23 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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        • yvneac
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          Wow.Irish blood.....

        #7
        As scheduled, we reached Rosslare the next morning. The weather was still beautiful.

        2017-05-08 07.50.02 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        As quick as possible we left the National road and headed for the shoreline. We made a little beachwalk at Kilmore Quay and took a picture of the Irish spring.

        2017-05-08 09.35.41 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

        Nice harbour view at Dunmore East.

        2017-05-08 11.48.34 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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          #8
          At the entrance of this parking lot you can see the explanation, why our campervan is such small: 4,95m long, 1,95m wide and 2,00m high. So it has the dimensions of a normal car and you can go anywhere you want and pay the normal parking or ferry fee. With a bigger campervan such places (and many supermarkets) are closed for you.
          Notice the sign in the rear window...

          Foto 08.05.17, 12 50 44 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          Yesterday I finally received Regines pictures also, so here is a small view back. We followed the coastline from Kilmore Quay and to avoid a huge detour over New Ross, we had to take a ferry to cross the river Barrow.

          Foto 08.05.17, 12 16 23 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          We are still heading towards the Wild Atlantic Way, we are not yet on it. So we decided to stay in Cork for the last night before the start of our coastal yoyage. Since we wanted to visit the pubs in the evening, we stayed in a B&B for this night. It was really cozy and a 10 minute walk away from the city centre.

          Foto 08.05.17, 19 12 02 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

          Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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            #9
            The B&B was located very close to the Cork University, an impressive traditional ensemble of buildings.

            Foto 08.05.17, 19 05 33 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            A nice place to study.

            Foto 08.05.17, 19 05 39 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

            On our way to the town centre we visited the Rory Gallagher Place with it's small monument.

            Foto 08.05.17, 18 21 50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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              #10
              The next place to visit was the English Market, where we intended to look out for typical Irish foot specialities and buy them for our trip.

              Foto 08.05.17, 17 29 50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              But first we had a coffee and a piece of cake in the market café on the gallery.

              Foto 08.05.17, 16 44 58 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

              The English Market is a beautiful historic building and a nice place to walk through. The variety of the offered food however is not as big as we expected, there are mostly Butchers, which offer fresh meat. But worth a visit anyway.

              Foto 08.05.17, 16 45 05 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

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                #11
                Later we visited the Rising Sons Brewery, where they offer a "Pint and Pizza Deal", mostly used by students. They have a huge variety of tapped craft beers and are highly decorated with awards. Very nice place to be, although a big hall. The bar with English Premier League on TV and the tanks in the background.

                2017-05-08 20.01.09 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                If you order food at the bar, you get such a small pole with a number on it and take a seat. The food is served and the waiter is looking out for the number poles. The pizza was remarkably good! - As the beer, of course.

                2017-05-08 20.01.34 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                I have a rule for myself: i drink only tapped beer in pubs. So this was a very nice experience, because Craft Beer is offered all over the country, but only in bottles. And these bottles are in a supermarket nearly as expensive as in the pubs. So that decreased my interest a lot. Difficult to compete with a freshly tapped pint.

                Foto 08.05.17, 20 50 50 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr
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                  #12
                  After having our pizza and a second pint (so we were able to taste at least four different beers) we changed to a pub with life music. We had chosen the "Sin é" and they also offered tapped beer of the Rising Son Brewery. The pub was full, but we managed to get a seat at the bar. Her we could not see the musicians, but the place was good and the music between the life acts, too. The bar area was plastered with stickers and bills from oll over the world. And right in the centre of the picture we spotted a very familar yellow Stuttgart sticker, which says "No" to our new main station....

                  Foto 08.05.17, 22 10 41 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                  So the next day we will drive the last 50km to the starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way.
                  Lofoten '07 ...... Nordnorge '11

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                    #13
                    Great way to travel with you both to Ireland so far through the pictures with good comments and explanations.
                    And yes, I've observed Hurtigruten's logo in the back window.

                    Thank you for sharing these photos with us at CVF, Ralf
                    Best wishes from
                    Bengt Domben

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                      #14
                      Enjoyed your first pubs of the trip - bet there will be many more to follow!

                      I had imagined at the time you might go to Cork's port of Cobh for a visit, but you would probably have got far too distracted with things Lusitania and Titanic that you'd never have completed the Atlantic route!

                      Love the campervan - so practical for such a trip.

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                        #15
                        Thank you so much for your comments. Good to see that there are followers.
                        We thought about a visit to Cobh, but our focus was the Irish Coast, not the transatlantic liners. I am also somehow annoyed by this mass of stories, books and films about the Titanic. Too much for me (and too much obviously not true).

                        Now we reached the official starting point of the Wild Atlantic way: Kinsale at the southern coast.


                        Foto 09.05.17, 11 38 10 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr

                        Our guide book described the place of the first sign, but that obviously disappeared. But the view on the town is nicer anyway.



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                        May is such a nice season for an Ireland trip. The colors are so stunning.
                        Our next stop was planned at the Old Head lighthouse. Unfortunately the area is owned by a golf club, so you don't even see it.
                        The road is restricted to members from that tower on.

                        2017-05-09 11.15.03 by Ralf Plinta, auf Flickr


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