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Creaky Traveler in Ireland : Clare, Kerry & West Cork -- A Journey for the Mobile But Not Agile - Warren Rovetch

Creaky Traveler in Ireland

Clare, Kerry & West Cork -- A Journey for the Mobile But Not Agile

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This is the second in Warren Rovetch's Creaky Traveler series of entertaining and informative travelogues that include tips for "the mobile but not agile". This time, Rovetch goes to the Irish counties of Clare, Kerry, and West Cork, staying in charming B&Bs but also getting to know the locals. He mixes history and culture with sightseeing to give us a very personal look at the places and people he visits. Warren Rovetch, whose unique travelogue of his trek through Scotland was recommended by NPR, now brings to life the culture, history, and wondrous natural beauty of Ireland. Part travel story and part guidebook -- but all charm and wit -- this book transports us to another culture. Interesting for all readers, "The Creaky Traveler in Ireland" is a holiday in itself. It will appeal to all those who, while not planning a trip, are nonetheless captivated by the culture and natural beauty of the Emerald Isle. Particularly helpful to more mature travelers, the book includes lots of advice for executing smooth trips.

The second title in the unique 'Creaky Traveler' series, The Creaky Traveler in Ireland: A Journey for the Mobile but Not Agile by Warren Rovetch provides unique perspectives for 'agility challenged' travelers to Southwestern Ireland. The Creaky Traveler in Ireland provides so much more than just another guide to the local sights to see and the Bed and Breakfast places to stay in while traveling through The Irish counties of Clare, Kerry and West Cork . Warren has an exciting eclectic personal background that he draws upon as a rather gifted writer. For example, he has been an economist, a textbook publisher, a creator of an environmental education and conference center on the Columbia River , and a Fullbright Scholar. He has created many projects focused on new approaches to learning and education. He was widely traveled even in his pre-creaky days, so his recent series is an expanding of his experience that is especially appealing to mature adult travelers. You might say he has 'been there and done it and got the T-shirt' at least twice. So it is no surprise that The Creaky Traveler in Ireland includes wonderful quotations from appropriate Irish literature (translated to English), intimate epiphanies, anecdotes, and other accounts of travel experiences, and humourous musings on the plight of the modern adult traveler and the world traveled, in addition to valuable tips and suggestions about sights to see, walks to take, and places to seek out. The Creaky Traveler in Ireland is a treasure trove of information that can be of great worth to both the novice traveler and the Irish locals themselves. The text is further enhanced by a series of handy descriptive maps and a center selection of beautiful color photographs of sites and sights of interest. The Creaky Traveler in Ireland is sure to be another success in this on-going series from Sentient Publications, piquing the reader's curiosity, tantalizing same to wonder where the 'Creaky Traveler' will voyage to next. Also very highly recommended reading is the first book in this outstanding series by Warren Rovetch: The Creaky Traveler In The North West Highlands Of Scotland. Midwest Book Review, August 2006 Part travel story and part guidebook, but all charm and wit, this book transports readers to another culture. While interesting for all readers, it offers planning and navigation tips for the 'Creaky Traveler' who is mobile but not agile. Warren Rovetch, whose unique travelogue of his trek through Scotland was recommended by NPR, now brings to life the culture, history, and wondrous natural beauty of Ireland. Part travel story and part guidebook-but all charm and wit-this book transports us to another culture. Interesting for all readers, The Creaky Traveler in Ireland is a vacation in itself. It will appeal to all those who, while not planning a trip, are nonetheless captivated by the culture and natural beauty of the Emerald Isle. Particularly helpful to more mature travelers, the book includes lots of advice for executing smooth trips. In the second of his 'Creaky Traveler' series, Warren Rovetch combines travelogue and guidebook as he takes us for an entertaining and informative amble along the west coast of Ireland in counties Clare, Kerry and West Cork, a 'traveler's rewards as we stumble on one thing in pursuit of another.' And what a wonderful amble it is for 'mobile but not agile' and all other travelers, armchair and otherwise. The book offers an eclectic mix of history and culture, insights into the forces reshaping Ireland, and moving scenes of soul-nourishing beauty shared by Rovetch and his wife Gerda. In The Creaky Traveler in Ireland, readers will find themselves: In the kitchen of Willie Daly, horse trader and last of the great Irish matchmakers, for instruction in the art of matchmaking and a hilarious interlude involving Daily and a Japanese TV crew of limited English proficiency in search of Irish culture. On the Burren, along the raging shore of the Atlantic, a geologist's paradise and a botanist's conundrum where 300 million years of nature have formed a dramatic limestone moonscape with unique microclimate pockets where Mediterranean, Arctic and Alpine plants blossom in harmony. Walking along the shore of Kenmare Bay, through ancient woodland of oak, beech and ash, ivy dripping from branches, and green leaves glistening after a brief rain. It is getting on to sunset, a mix of mist and evening color, a romantic time of lingering twilight when, say the Gaels, it is possible to slip from the real world into the faerie world. Searching for Celtic spirituality on the Dingle Peninsula where the mix of sand and passion on the breathtaking beaches of Slea Head won Ryan's Daughter an Academy Award. Meeting Fungi the personable dolphin and Sister Dorothy, the embodiment of honest love. In Castletownbere, overlooking the harbor, a kaleidoscope of yellow, red, and green fishing boats on the blue pallet of the sea, the perfect B&B room with a view. Nearby, driving a winding cliff road, a sheer drop to the ocean on one side where dolphin are at play and on the other side, a history lesson: abandoned mines testify to the Great Famine of 1845-49 and massive migration from Beara to Butte. On Sheep's Head, the wildest of peninsulas, Nobel prize winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney wrote of in his poem The Peninsula, 'The glazed foreshore and silhouetted log, That rock where breakers shredded into rags, The leggy birds stilted on their own legs, Islands riding themselves out into the fog.' In sweet Listoweli a little town that can, with a Willy Wonka kind of railway, an Arts Center where plays and concerts, magically, never play to less than a full house, and a brilliantly conceived, worth a trip to Ireland in itself, Writers' Museum honoring literary tradition and the writers, poets and playwrights who defined it. In the aid of all travelers, The Creaky Traveler provides a host of practical suggestions and tips on the art of successful and affordable independent travel. Rovetch offers his personal list of travel principles, travel planning steps, ways to profile your own inclinations and interests to define rewarding travel experiences, choosing places to stop and stay, the essentials of auto rental, dealing with airlines, and traveling healthy. The Celtic Connection, May 2006 To travelers with a few miles on them, those who think age 80 is the time to hang up the suitcases, author Warren Rovetch says poppycock. He believes that's just when a few principles need to be kept in mind when planning a trip: 'Nourish the soul. Feed the mind. Rest the body. Leave time for happenings. Have fun.' In the latest addition to his 'Creaky Traveler' series, The Creaky Traveler in Ireland: A Journey for the Mobile but Not Agile ($15.95, Sentient Publications) provides for just that, taking readers on a journey through the most beautiful parts of Ireland, with visits along the way with the characters and sights that make the Emerald Isle such an enchanting place to spend time. Rovetch, a Fulbright Scholar who worked as an economist before retiring in Boulder with his wife, Gerda, (whom he lovingly refers to in the books as 'G'), writes in an almost wistful style, and this is far removed from the current guidebooks of the day that give practical information about where to stay or eat. Instead, there are poems and lovely prose, hand-drawn, Celtic-font maps and amusing anecdotes. The Denver Post, May 7, 2006

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xvii
Mobile but Not Agilep. xvii
Experience and Feelingsp. xviii
The Celtic Tigerp. xix
Transcendent Beautyp. xxii
A Journey of Discoveryp. 1
Creative Design for Travelp. 1
Our Ireland Scenariop. 2
Memories that Glowp. 8
Let the Journey Beginp. 9
On to Fanore, Pot-Bashing, and Rock Artistryp. 11
One Mirror. No Problemp. 11
Ita Plus Elevenp. 12
Pot-Bashingp. 13
Rock Artist at Workp. 14
Drumlins and Runnels, Grykes and Dykes, Turloughs and Rillsp. 17
The Burren: A Geologist's Paradisep. 17
Nature's Work of Artp. 18
The War of Mullaghmorep. 21
Something to Fight Forp. 21
A Spaghetti Bowl of Peoplep. 22
Roller Coaster to Victoryp. 24
Thank You BAGp. 25
Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Matchp. 27
Subtle Gentle Nudgesp. 27
Dicky Mick Dicky O'Connorp. 28
The Original Twinklep. 29
A Man's Kitchen Is His Castlep. 31
Not the Right Kind of Couragep. 32
Japanese Personality Meets the Matchmakerp. 33
A Man for Every Woman and a Woman for Every Manp. 36
Moher Made Lessp. 39
320 Million Years in the Makingp. 40
Normal Needs Improvingp. 41
Fourteen Years to a Wrong Turnp. 42
The Automobile as an Invasive Speciesp. 45
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Emp. 47
At School in Fanorep. 49
Small Numbers in a Large Spacep. 49
Keeping Parents Happyp. 51
True Love Will Find a Wayp. 52
And a Cup of Tea on Galway Bayp. 53
On to County Kerryp. 57
The Places in Betweenp. 57
Virgins on Paradep. 59
The Lady and the Lurcherp. 60
The Smallest Thronep. 62
From the Stone Age to the Movie Agep. 65
The Dingle on the Movep. 65
The Movie Agep. 67
Man Versus Busp. 69
Kitsch Chases Classp. 71
Minard Castlep. 72
Introduction to a Herop. 74
The South Pole Innp. 76
Learning from the Ladsp. 77
John the Baptistp. 77
What I Learned from the Ladsp. 78
Anger and Sadness Descendp. 80
The Rising Tide of Englishp. 81
English for Pockets: Irish for Heartsp. 82
Finding Love at Diseartp. 85
A Quest for the Meaning of Spiritualp. 85
McNeese Instead of Mep. 87
Celtic Spiritualityp. 89
Sister Dorothy Costellop. 91
The Music Makers of Kenmarep. 93
Rich Is Betterp. 93
Into the Faerie Worldp. 94
The X Factorp. 95
The Kenmare Kestrelsp. 97
Kenmare-Top Tidy Townp. 97
Sustaining Heritage and Environmentp. 99
Music Makers of Kenmare-Dreamers of Dreamsp. 101
Dick Joynt-Profile in Couragep. 103
From Beara to Buttep. 107
Butte, Montana-Ireland's Fifth Provincep. 107
And Road Bowling It Isp. 109
A Room with a Viewp. 111
No Wheel in the Wheelhousep. 113
Son of Town Hallp. 114
You Never Looked Lovelierp. 116
The Road from Beara to Buttep. 117
Who If Not Ip. 118
Anam Cara: Soul Friendp. 121
Eyeries Needs a Color Consultantp. 122
The Last Peninsulap. 127
Which Way Is Down?p. 128
As George Saidp. 129
Shipwrecks at Mizen Headp. 131
A Sweet Spotp. 134
Sheep's Head-A World Apartp. 137
A Poet's Picture of Sheep's Headp. 137
The Council's Perspectivep. 138
Personal Feelingsp. 139
Exploring Sheep's Headp. 140
Melancholy Danesp. 141
A Cup of Tea at Land's Endp. 142
Finn MacCoolp. 143
Creaky Traveler's Good Fairyp. 145
RV Virus in the Black Valleyp. 145
Ladies View and Queen Victoriap. 147
Creaky Traveler's Good Fairyp. 148
Lake of Learningp. 150
On to Listowelp. 151
Sweet Listowelp. 153
Hail to the Green and Gold Abovep. 154
Spiritual Versus Temporalp. 155
Bar Me Notp. 156
Kindness Comes Naturallyp. 157
The Listowel Emmetsp. 160
The Best That a Mortal Can Dop. 161
Football Feelings Run Deepp. 163
What Way are You Paddy?p. 167
Egg and Feather, Fish and Fruitp. 168
Stumbling Along Between the Immensitiesp. 169
Fitting End to Day One in Listowelp. 174
A Day at the Racesp. 175
And the Winner Is Gp. 176
No Small Taskp. 177
It's a Tribal Thingp. 178
Billie Rovetchp. 179
A Pre-Teen "Traveler"p. 180
One Rail Train and a St. John's Full Housep. 183
Four-Year-Old Engine Driverp. 184
The Listowel & Ballybunion Railwayp. 185
Playing to a Full Housep. 188
Prime Moversp. 192
The Wonder of it All-the Writers' Museump. 195
A New Experiencep. 195
Beatrix, William, and Jimmy Did Itp. 198
So Who are These Writers?p. 201
John B. Keanep. 201
Maurice Walshp. 203
George Fitzmauricep. 205
Brendan Kennellyp. 208
Bryan MacMahonp. 211
A Note of Thanksp. 215
It's the Water is it?p. 217
Tradition of Writingp. 217
In Ireland They Breathe the Stuffp. 218
The Bug Bites Kids Earlyp. 219
Storytelling and Classical Educationp. 220
Language-A Love Childp. 222
Winding Down in Quinp. 225
Warm Goodbye Listowel: Warm Hello Quinp. 225
The Information Age Manp. 227
The End of Civilizationp. 230
The Perfect Two-Part Drawp. 231
The Russian Who Is Also an Americanp. 233
Quin Abbey: A Succession of Scenesp. 234
John "Fireball" MacNamara (1750-1808)p. 237
Goodbye Quinp. 237
The Magic Bag and Memoriesp. 239
The Story of Irish Coffeep. 239
The Magic Bagp. 240
Pop Ups, Memories, and Rerunsp. 241
On Being a Travelerp. 243
Observations and Wisdom of Wise Travelersp. 244
Traveler's Self Profile (TSP)p. 245
How Creaky Am I? A Testp. 248
Six Basic Principles of Travelp. 249
Choosing Places at Which to Stop and Stayp. 250
Creating a Trip Journalp. 253
Remember the Fundamentalsp. 253
Auto Rental Essentialsp. 255
Cell Phones and Phone Cardsp. 257
Before Your Trip: Home, Health, Credit Cards, and Otherp. 258
Suitcases and Packing Options-Fold or Roll?p. 262
Choosing Flights and Seatsp. 264
Flying Healthy: Before, During, Afterp. 266
Places, Sites, and Sourcesp. 269
Irish Gaelic Pronunciationp. 275
Pronunciation of the Irish Words in the Textp. 279
Notesp. 283
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9781591810278
ISBN-10: 1591810272
Series: Creaky Traveler
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 26th April 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 14.0 x 21.5  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.4