Connemara Photos

On the second day of our trip, we found the road to Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park. After visiting both, we drove down to Ennis and spent the night there.

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This is Lough Inagh with Bencorr in the background.
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Lots of sheep along this road.
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Kylemore Abbey. Originally a mansion/castle, sold to the church in the late 19th century (I think). If you look carefully, you can see a white dot on the mountain above and left of the abbey - that's a statue of Jesus.
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The mountains around the abbey.
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Another view of the abbey. In addition to being an abbey, it is also a boarding school for girls.
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The chapel near the abbey.
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The window in the chapel.
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The chapel has columns made of marble from all over Ireland. Here you can see the color differences between the types of marble.
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Sue and I in the entrance to the walled garden of the abbey. The garden was abandoned for a few decades, and is now being restored.
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Lots of flowers planted in geometric shapes.
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The garden is quite large.
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Another view of the garden.
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There were some ponies penned up in the national park.
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He's a very photogenic pony.
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A view of the park, with a town (maybe Letterfrack?) in the background.
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Me with a purple flower (called ling) behind me. Some parts of the park had lots of ling growing in it, making it all purplish green.
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More ling.
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There were a few walking trails in the park. This is the "bog walk". Strange name, because we didn't see any bog along it...maybe we just don't know how to recognize a bog when we see one?
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Driving back from the park I ran over a pothole, or a rock, or maybe a castle and got a flat tire. Oops. Luckily the spare was good and the tire could be repaired - the tire shop said that they get "American punctures" all the time because of the incredibly narrow Irish roads.
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