"You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter and medical attention. Everything else is a privilege"...
Alcatraz is among the most infamous US federal penitentiaries in America. Rule Number 5 in the rules and regulations of The Rock stated in 1934 “You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege.” This rule was a reality of a place that holds many myths.
The sights and sounds of San Francisco are best to be explored by staying at a hotel in a great location. The Argonaut Hotel is in the Ghirardelli Square area of the San Francisco waterfront. The hotel has some great views of the Bay.
The San Francisco Bay area has so much outdoor space to explore, especially along the Pacific coast. A great park along the water in San Francisco is Land's End. We parked in the Sea Cliff neighborhood. This neighborhood is a wealthy area with some beautiful homes that overlook the water in this prime real estate area. Land's End has stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Marin Headlands along with a great walking trail with wildflowers and cypress trees along the route. We walked from China Beach to the Visitors Center at Land's End. There are a few miles of trails to explore, a few go down to the water, but most are up on the cliffs above the Pacific. The park's formation began when Adolph Sutro wanted to bring urban development to the city's edge. He created the park, first with a restaurant called the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. The Sutro Baths was an engineering marvel and a great recreation place for anyone living inthe San Francisco area in the 1890's. Mr. Sutro built the seven swimming pools so that each was a different temperature and that the power of the Pacific Ocean would fill the baths up during high tide. In the day a visit to Sutro Bath's was a full day affair for the entire family. Along the beach, many rocks are jetting from the water where the bird's nest, one has a hole in the center that is shaped like a heart. The panoramic view of the Pacific here is very peaceful. The Cliff House Restaurant has one of the best views in all of San Francisco. This is a trendy restaurant for visitors and locals alike. Once you finished your dining at the Cliff House, you can stroll down Ocean Beach along the Pacific. This beach is a long stretch of white sand that meets the mighty waves of the Pacific.
On one of our last stops in Ireland was the famous Guinness Storehouse, it is a great attraction and is only minutes from Dublin’s city center. All of the history of Guinness is here, and you can take a guided tour through the past and all that goes into making the perfect pint of Guinness. The tour consists of the brewing story behind Guinness and how Arthur Guinness began over two hundred years ago to craft a stout beer that is top in the world. The Storehouse has cafés to try all different recipes that are made with Guinness. The chocolate was one of my favorites. The Guinness brand is known worldwide, and there is an excellent display of all the imagination in the advertising over the years. One of my favorite attractions here was the Guinness Academy. Here we learned how to official pour a perfect pint of Guinness. There are precisely six steps, and it takes 119.5 seconds to pour a perfect pint. I was able to video the experience in two different phases.
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a vibrant city with so much culture, history, and fun exploration. On our last leg of our trip to Ireland, we had one last night in Dublin. One day is nowhere near enough time to spend in this beautiful city.
The grounds and the gardens at the Irish National Stud are remarkable in beauty and the art of storytelling. The town of Kildare is very old and has several old abbeys. There is one the property that is called Black Abbey. The Knights of Malta road horses through this property near the Black Abbey thousands of years ago on the way to their crusades. Near the sight of the abbey, there is a flag garden. The flags represent all of the countries where the students come from for their training here. There are many fields for the horses to play and have some time with other horse friends. The two main gardens are the Japanese Garden and the St. Fiachra’s Garden.
In County Kildare in Ireland, the lifestyle is all about horses and racehorses. In Ireland, Goff’s is the thoroughbred horse sale name that is known worldwide. There are 55,000 Goff’s horses in the country. We visited the Irish National Stud and Gardens, a working thoroughbred horse farm in the town of Tully.
Adare Village a scenic picturesque quintessential Irish village with thatched roof houses, medieval churches, and fairy forts. The area around Adare is home to many wealthy Irish families among some famous Irish names like the Fitzgerald's.
The town of Dingle looks over Dingle Bay onto the Blasket Islands. We visited this quaint coastal town on our drive on the Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is a big Irish vacation destination. The quaint village has become a restaurant haven and as the Irish refer to it as a cuisine capital. There are plenty of pubs, like the Dingle Pub and Murphy’s Pub that offer traditional Irish music. The town is known for keeping with the Irish culture with the Gaelic language being spoken throughout the town.
Killarney in the County Kerry is a great town in southwestern Ireland. It is also the second most popular tourist destination in Ireland. Killarney is famous for Killarney National Park and the highest mountain range in all of Ireland, McGillycuddy's Reeks. Killarney National Park is one of the UNESCO sites.
Celtic mythology is huge in Ireland. Many of the Celtic stories have to do with honor, bravery, and romance. The Irish told these stories many times to teach a lesson. These Mythological Irish tales were read at bed time to children and are legends. These legends are what kept the belief going when the children grew up to adults and then shared these stories with their children. Many once believed in fairies, but not so much now, but they still love them.
If you have been to Ireland, you most likely have seen many sheep grazing the countryside and walking in the middle of the road. Did you notice many of the sheep are painted? There are a few reasons for the different colors on the ship explained by our expert guide, Mickey.
Cobh Heritage Center is a unique place where we explored the conditions on board the early emigrant vessels, including the dreaded “coffin ships,” the biggest port for emigration in Ireland and the last stop for the Titanic.
Cobh was formerly called Cove when the town was founded but in the 1800’s the name was changed to Queenstown, by the British until Ireland regained control in the 1921 and change back to Cobh. It was renamed Cobh because there is no “v” in the Gaelic language.
In 1783 the first glass house was in Waterford city and was established by the Penrose Family. The lords and ladies in the time would come into the glass house to have a chandelier or stemware commissioned to be made. This is how the crystal business grew. The House of Waterford Crystal was originally called Waterford Glassworks.
Did you know there were palm trees in Ireland? The temperate climates help the palms grow, and many people have them growing in their yards. We saw many along the way to Waterford. Waterford is one of the largest cities in Ireland, preceded by Galway, Limerick, Cork, and Dublin at the largest.
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