Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Light of Ireland - Night 3

(A series of posts leading up to/including The Nocturnes Photo Tour in the West of Ireland, July 15-25, 2013; with a personal Genealogical Research Extension, in and around Ballina, July 25-29 - with follow-up posts continuing here!)

Here is the continuation (as our days in Eire continued well into the nights!) of Day 3 - the Light of Night! - with another entry from Michele Houghton's journal from The Nocturnes' recent adventure on Irish soil.

Welcome back to the adventures of The Nocturnes while we explore County Mayo in Ireland.

After a short rest and a wonderful dinner (again) it was off for our nocturnal wanderings.

Dinner tonight was tomato and basil soup, beef bourguignon, colcanon (mashed potatoes and cabbage), cooked carrots, steamed snow peas, and rhubarb crumble for dessert.
Our guide/driver on this visit to Ireland is Olcan Masterson. He is a very interesting character. He is always happy and always has a story to tell.  Besides being a tour guide is also a well-travelled musician.  He has traveled the world playing the Irish flutes and tin whistles.  Tonight his band is playing in a pub in Westport. On our way to Westport, we traveled along the one lane back roads of Westport along the top of the drumlins to pick up Dave who also plays in the band. This was definitely an adventure.
The band and guest musicians played from 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM. At 10:30, some of the photographers went out to wander the streets of Westport. The sky was just transitioning from sunset to night. The European countries are on holiday this week, so there are a lot of tourists in town or passing through. We were able to get some interesting shots of the waterway and bridges. We had some pleasant and interesting conversations with some of the tourists and the drunks wandering the streets.

At midnight we had to return to the van much to our dismay. We were just getting warmed up. By the time we got back to the van, the shades were being pulled on the pub and the door was being locked.  Another Irish day was completed.

Hope you sleep well.


From The [not so] Daily Nocturne

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