Monthly Archives: July 2015

‘Silent Fields’ © J. Canning 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Originally posted on Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland:
‘Silent Fields’ © J. Canning 2015. All Rights Reserved. They say that the beauty of Ireland’s green land, Is the last piece of work by the Creator’s hand, and the…

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Dynjandi!

 OK, to me it sounds like Jumanji! But that was today’s goal. Actually, it was yesterday’s goal, but we turned back for home as Jason hadn’t been feeling well. Today was much better so we took a round trip in

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In and out and around each bend…

 Today we drove the Westfjords. Not all of them, mind you, but it felt like it. Remember yesterday, when I thought I might be getting jaded with the beautiful scenery? Scratch that. It is once again stunning and awe-inspiring. The

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 Westfjords, ho!

 Today was a travel day. Originally it was going to be a much longer travel day. However, our ‘short sojourn’ yesterday, which turned into 7 hours of driving, meant that: 1) we had already seen the first peninsula on my

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Release date is set for my novel!!

My first novel is set for release on October 23, woohoo! Legacy of Hunger, an historical fantasy set in Ireland in 1846. Watch this space for more information.     Don’t miss information on Celtic myth and history, as well

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Three Norse Customs that Christianity Killed.

Author C.J. Adrien When Christianity spread across Scandinavia during the Viking Age, it changed many  Norse cultural norms. The following are three of the most notable changes that took place as a result of their Christianization. 1. Grooming. Reindeer Antler

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Damn the fog!

 Let me start by saying we have been blessed so far on our trip by the weather gods. The only time it has rained heavily is when we were traveling through mountains. Major sites were always, if not clear and

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Knocknarae, Or Thoughts on Time and the Irish Sisyphus (A Hitchhiker’s Guide)

Originally posted on Aidan Ryan:
Knocknarae as seen from Sligo. ? “UP THE MOUNTAIN ye were?” the woman said to me.  I tried to look at her from the passenger seat, though my glasses were bedazzled with raindrops. “Picked a…

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Orange is the New Jacobite

Originally posted on The Social Historian:
The Glorious Revolution, 1688. James II should have been one of Britain’s best kings. His brother Charles had brought stability after the Civil Wars. Christmas was back, soldiers had gone. Puritans had shut the…

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Whales and puffins and a Sea Rescue!!

Normally I’m doing one trip post a day, usually around dinner. But we just had a fantastic trip whale watching! I do apologize for the lack of pics. I took loads on my camera, but my phone was safely tucked

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Dettifoss the mighty!

Today we traveled what is dubbed ‘the Diamond Circle.’  Starting at Husavik, we went clockwise around the peninsula. But first, I must relate the gorgeous sunset over their rains we saw last night after my post. Words cannot describe it.

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Gps versus Googlemaps in Iceland

Today was a long travel day. 7 hours drive time, without factoring in stops and detours. We started off early, around 7am. The day dawned misty and sometimes downright rainy, but cleared into brilliant sunshine by the afternoon. But I

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Icebergs! Dead ahead!

Today was Iceberg Day. I did sneak in one waterfall, but icebergs were definitely the star.  Breakfast isn’t included in this guesthouse, so we went to the restaurant across the street to break our fast. They had many selections including

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Lug nuts and more glaciers in Iceland. 

We woke at 4:45am. I thought we were in vacation??? Breakfast starts at 8, so we went off to explore Cape Dyrholæy. There is a lighthouse on a lava cliff, filled with birds and fascinating formations. We even saw a

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Glacial ice caves and black sand beaches

Oh what a day!  We started with a fantastic breakfast at Skogar Guesthouse. Homemade bread, pancakes, homegrown eggs and other yummy stuff. Seljalandfoss was horribly crowded with tour buses, so we passed it and headed up the road to thorsmörk.

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The F in F-roads…

today was a traveling day! We checked out of our hostel in Reykjavik and traveled to Skogar. The long way. The very long way. What should have been a 3 hour trip was more like 10 hours. First we stopped

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Eating In Reykjavik

 Our first night we slummed it – dinner at the Celtic Cross pub. We had a Parma ham and arugula pizza but was pretty good! And I had a Somersby Cider while Jason had Guinness. Cheers! For breakfast, when we

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My brave and foolish failure at Glymur Falls

Today we headed north. First stop was Fossatun, a combination waterfall and Troll path. Yes, I said Trolls. There is evidently a local tale of trolls at this location, so several troll statues have been set around. The surrounding area

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Around the Golden Circle, or How to Dodge Tour Busses. 

Today we did the typical tourist thing and hit the big three attractions: Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss. However, we did it early enough to beat the tourists at the first stop. Not so much on the second ones. First stop

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 Cheese plate at Harpa Hall

We walked down Laugavar and sampled the shops before braving the incredibly bracing wind to get to Harpa Hall. After that ordeal, we decided a treat was in order. A lovely cheese plate with coffee at the cafe. The Harpa

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