Éireannach, The Grand Canal,Kildare, Ireland


Posted Aug 27, 2007, 6:35 pm
Hello all!

I'm very-very new here, I've just come!! My name is Éireannach. It's a beautiful name, isn't it? It means Irishwoman in English, nothing more :))  But it is in Irish)

I think it's quite boring to write something.. Would you may be like to watch my fots?))

I'll tell a secret - I adore to climb to chandeliers, lamps and everything like this )) It's so funny!!

With my friends =) Find me here!

Posted Aug 27, 2007, 6:40 pm
And some more, one after another:

With Berlin Bear (we'll leave our home on one day, I think)
I'm registering me to the ToyVoyagers site!
With some of my friends - The Big Bear!
On a lamp!
On a lamp!
On a lamp!
On a lamp!
On a lamp!
On a lamp!
On the monitor.
With my friend Pups!

Posted Sep 5, 2007, 8:35 am
My trip to Austria was pretty short and I savely arrived in Vienna today. I had a warm and friendly welcome from my host and some other toyvoyager which were very curious to see who's in the white envelope... So there were Mini Meow and Mila waiting for me, two inofficial toyvoyagers (Mono is a little cat from Finland and Mila a bigger one from Holland), then there is Béstik, a funny guy from Czech Republic and Archibald, a very colourful monkey from France. I guess we'll have an exciting time together!

I was told that we'll start sightseeing either tomorrow or on Friday (it depends on the weather because at the moment it is pretty freezy...)

Posted Sep 13, 2007, 9:18 pm
As our host promised we did some sightseeing yesterday. The weather still wasn't very friendly but at least it stopped raining and so Bestik, Kleo and I had a walk in the city center of Vienna.

First we saw the City Hall. There is a big square in front of it and our host told us that in winter the Christmas market takes place there. What a pity that I arrived a bit too early... Just opposite the City Hall there is the Old Imperial theatre - a very beautiful building.

We went on to the Parliament then. Oh, I was almost run over by a tramway, but luckily nothing really happened!

After this shock we really needed a break so we rested in a little park in front of the museum of natural history a bit. Have a look which funny ball-shaped trees they have there!!

Posted Sep 13, 2007, 9:28 pm
Well, afterwards we continued our walk and went through the gate "Heldentor" which means something like hero... Perfect for me, hm?? We passed by Hofburg then. I was told that it was the residence of the Habsburg family but nowadays it hosts the national library, some museums and the president's office.

We went on to the absolute centre of Vienna where we found many typical cafés. One of them you can see here... Unfortunately we were a bit in a hurry so we didn't have time to sit inside but we watched through the windows and guess what we saw! A Lipizzaner horse completely made of sugar!! Imagine you are a horse and find yourself made of sugar standing in a shop window - isn't this crazy??? How glad am I to be a pig! We didn't see the real horses because they are still on holiday (they always spend summer in Styria I was told - lucky horses! That's what they get as a salary for being a sugar model!!)

Well, then we passed by St. Stephen's cathedral. It has such a colourful roof - I was really impressed. I like colourful things, did you already know that?

We ended our city walk at the opera. Our host told us to come back in February because then the famous opera ball will take place there. I just wonder if they would let me go in...

Posted Sep 23, 2007, 8:34 am
Yesterday my new friends and I visited Schönbrunn Palace. It was a wonderful sunny day so we had a looong walk in the park (Daisy and I tried the gras there but I must say I've already eaten more tasty things...) and even went up a hill to "Gloriette" which is really nice point of view. We passed by the Palmhouse and our host even took us to the zoo there. Have a look whom we met there!

Posted Oct 1, 2007, 1:36 pm
The previous weekend my friends and I were invited to go to the countryside to an area called "Salzkammergut". We were told that it is in Upper Austria and that it is very beautiful there, so Kleo, Tanusha, Daisy and I were very excited when we went there. Our host's parents live there, and indeed, we had a wonderful time there!

We went up a little mountain close to lake Traunsee from where we had a wonderful view over the lake and the mountains around there. When we came down we visited a very special castle: Schloss Orth. It consists of 2 parts: the "normal castle" (you can see me in front of it together with Tanusha) and the water castle which is located on a little island in the lake. Very beautiful! Unfortunately it was almost evening when we got there so the pictures came out a bit dark...


Posted Oct 1, 2007, 6:33 pm
We also went to lake Attersee, not far from the other lake. Unfortunately in September it's already too cold in Austria for having a swim in a lake but I was told that my host family spent a wonderful summer holiday here ;)

Posted Oct 1, 2007, 6:37 pm
There happened something really exciting during my stay in Upper Austria. We saw a balloon landing close to the house of my host's parents! We already watched it a while before coming closer and closer and then it really came down. Especially for my host's kids it was really really exciting, but I must admit, I was fascinated, too. Never ever in my whole pig-life I saw such a huge balloon soooo close before!!

Posted Oct 13, 2007, 5:03 pm
Last weekend on Saturday there was a perfect autumn day so my hosts decided to go to the woods with us and search for some mushrooms. It lasted only a short while until we found the first one. Poisonous! It was the same with the next one... but then!!! Finally we found a really delicious mushroom and Daisy and I were sooo proud of ourselves. Such a Piggy-nose is really good for seaching mushrooms!!!

Posted Oct 13, 2007, 5:07 pm
I stayed in Vienna for quite some time and it was wonderful here, but unfortunately somewhen the big day came and I had to continue my journey. But the day before I left for Hungary my hosts showed me some more sights of Vienna I didn't know so far: the famous Giant Wheel and Danube tower.

I'm really looking forward to my next stop in Hungary but I'm also a bit sad to leave Vienna and all the friends I found here. Good bye - tschüß und ba-ba!!

Posted Oct 27, 2007, 9:31 pm
Hello! I have already arrived to Hungary, but I couldn't update my travelog earlier! But I promise to show you soon some photos and tell you about my days in Hungary.
Unfortunately this week we had very bad rainy weather, so I didn't have many occasion to explore Budapest, but I won't miss it!;)
Today I went with Szandra to her Irish step dance training! I really enjoyed it!!! When we arrived back home she shew me some easy steps and let me to wear her dance shoes, however these were a little big for me! :cyclops:

Posted Nov 6, 2007, 8:54 pm
As I promised, here are some photos!:)
One of my big dreams became true, I danced Irish step.
Szandra is learning Irish dances from Catherine Gallagher who was the champion of Ireland and got the 3rd place in World Championships. She was also the dancer of Riverdance. Now she is living in Hungary and has a big dance school. I was really happy when I could visit a training!:) Unfortunately we took pictures only at home bacause there are always big strictness in the lessons! :stare:


Posted Nov 6, 2007, 9:03 pm
When the weather became better we made a little excursion to Miskolc. And we went to see Lillafüred which is also a part of the city. The autumn scenery was very nice, the leaves on the trees were so colourful. We walked around the big lake. That was an exhausting, but really nice day!:)
Unfortunately our camera went wrong, so the pics were made by phone, sorry for the bad quality!

Posted Dec 11, 2007, 12:40 am
Why look who has stumbled in my mailbok today? Why Éireannach of course!!! He said hello to Alfonz even though he is leaving tommorrow. I gave him a tour of the hosue.

Éireannach is resting right now and will see more of Florida tommorrow.

Posted Dec 13, 2007, 9:06 pm
here are some pics of my journey so much!

1.Eating a donut! Yum(American pastry)
2.Sitting in front of Andrea's Menorah
3.Studying for the Geo exam!!
4/5. Reading the newspaper!(Got to know whats happening)
LOL the comics!

Posted Dec 16, 2007, 9:35 pm
I have discovered the my host's mom is a great chef!
Here is some macaroni and baked herb chicken!
Thats all for now


Posted Dec 19, 2007, 2:36 am
Hello again.
Even though in winter, it is always hot in Florida. here I am relaxing in a raft in my host's pool. In Florida it is around 65 degrees right now. Not very cold!!!
I just love riding in the car too!!
Look how purty I am


Posted Dec 20, 2007, 1:39 am
We went over to my host's friends house. There I saw Santa Claus! I had to sit on his lap. i took out my list of what I wanted! He said I was a good piggy this year!

Posted Dec 24, 2007, 5:32 pm
Hello again,
Today is Christmas Eve! My host is Jewish so I get to just hang out for Christmas for a change. Today we visited the Post office so my host could mail some stuff for postcrossing. The line was really short! I LOVE mail so here is a picture of me with the mail, me sitting in the car infront of the Post office. The last picture is of me examing the reciept, I am smart!

Posted Dec 25, 2007, 6:41 pm
Change of plans, today we are going for a Christmas Day dinner at My host's friends house. Remember the picture with me on Santa's lap? Well it is the same house. We are leaving soon, it will only take about 15 minutes. I am sooo hungry!
Merry Christmas,

Posted Dec 26, 2007, 1:39 am
I just got back from the BEST party ever! There was great food and it was alot of fun. Somethings I got to eat was Eggnog, ham, potatoes, and brocoli casserole!!!!! WOO HOO!!

1.Here is me with all my little christmas buddies!

2.Here is me on the actual tree.

3.Yet another tree :)

4.A little roleplay I guess...

5.Here is just a modle shot of me in the same place.

There are alot of more pictures, my host has to do a few other things but she told me she will upload them later.


Posted Dec 26, 2007, 3:05 am
Hi its me again,
Here are some more pics of tonight!

1.Ooo peppermint candle!

2.Yum!! A ginger bread house!

3.Pretty fake fruit, eh?

4.Remember the picture from a little while ago, here is me on his head! :), I am so goofy!

5.Santa, I am right here!!!!


7.Arent this little houses pretty???

The last few pictures coming!

Posted Dec 26, 2007, 3:07 am
I love posting pictures here. These are the last of them :(

1. I met a dancing squirrle today, pretty cool. :)

2.Merry Christmas!!!

My host told me that I will be leaving tommorow and continuing my journey. I will miss her.

Posted Dec 27, 2007, 4:38 am
Its my special day today, my birthday!! My host celebrated by making me a special desert, It was sooo yummy. We are going to be now but we will upload the pics later.
Good night!

Posted Dec 31, 2007, 6:47 pm
Today is new years eve!!!!!!!!
My host's family is making a meal!!

I was allowed to help.

1.In the process
2.The finished product

Posted Jan 8, 2008, 5:40 am
I've arrived in Colorado.  While I was traveling around in the little mail truck today on my way to my hosts house, the radio kept talking about a winter storm warning.  It seemed quite an odd thing because I could hear the water spraying up as we drove through puddles.  It really seemed quite warm and not wintery at all.  But then I was slid into the mail box to wait for my host and -- well it got colder.  By the time my host came home and found me curled up in a magazine using my padded package as a mattress it was quite chilly indeed. 
The first thing I noticed was that there was not a lot of snow -- in fact there was more water about than snow although it was starting to freeze already.

Then I checked the thermometer --
19 F is cold -- it is minus 7 C.  I am glad I did not have to spend the night out there in the mail box.
My host said it will be warmer again tomorrow and we can get outside to play.  There is very little snow in the yard but my host told me that in the mountains around us many places got 4 feet or more in the storm.

Posted Jan 10, 2008, 9:49 am
Today I went sledding in the snow.  There was room on the sled for Watson to join me and we took turns pulling each other when there were no hills. 




Posted Feb 5, 2008, 11:34 pm
It has been quite a month and it was either very cold or very snowy.  I am to go to Argentina next but I am still trying to get to see the Colorado Monument before I go.

This is a picture of Mt Garfield.

Posted Feb 5, 2008, 11:36 pm
Today I got to go sledding again.  Ronnie N Hammie arrived from New York so I got to show them around.

Posted Feb 5, 2008, 11:40 pm
Well this is the Monument.  It really is quite an awesome site.




Posted Feb 5, 2008, 11:43 pm
I am getting ready for my travels to Argentina so we made one last trip downtown.  I will be traveling USPS.  Grand Junction City Hall is in this picture.


Posted Feb 12, 2008, 8:11 pm
I am leaving today for Argentina and my host gave me a padded envelope for traveling so I will be comfortable.


Posted Feb 24, 2008, 2:43 pm
Here I am at Buenos Aires!
After a long trip, I finally got to know my new hoster. A few hours after I got here, my host received a package. I was so curious and couldn´t wait to open it! What was my surprise when Charlie came out of the package! I´m so happy I have another friend to go on this trail in Argentina with me!

Posted Mar 2, 2008, 3:42 pm
Yesterday we went to Avenida de Mayo for a walk. This is the Congraso de la Nacion, a very historical building from 1906. We walked a lot this day and also went to Avenida Nueve de Julio, the most important avenue in Buenos Aires. You can see the Obelisco far away.

Posted Mar 14, 2008, 7:09 pm
A few pictures from the "Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires", the main catholic church here in Buenos Aires. In the last picture you can see the place where they keep the body of San Martin, a very importante heroe in the history of Argentina.

Posted Mar 26, 2008, 4:35 pm
This week we went to visit one of the most turistic places in Buenos Aires, Casa Rosada (pink house), where the president works

Posted Jul 8, 2008, 12:56 pm
Hi there!  I arrived in Madison today, visiting Melissa!

A brief moment of sunshine outside :)

Here I am coming in the door to Melissa's apartment!

Today I met Lemony,  who arrived yesterday.  We are waiting for one more toyvoyager to arrive (any day now, says Melissa) before we do most of our touristy stuff. :)

Here we are relaxing on the leather furniture in the living room.  We spent the afternoon watching movies (it's been very rainy outside for days now, not very good traveling weather).

Posted Jul 8, 2008, 2:03 pm
Our last toyvoyager pal arrived today.  Meet Lillebi!


First group shot!

Melissa said today she can tell that the three of us are going to be trouble and will "climb all over everything" ;)

Later today we're going to the Botanical Gardens!  We hear it's beautiful!

Posted Jul 10, 2008, 10:58 pm
Today we went to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens with Melissa and two of her friends.  She says the layout of the flowers changes all the time - she went in early May and it was all tulips, and now it's a lot of roses and stuff. :)

The first place we went to was the Thai Pavilion, Melissa's favorite part of the whole Botanical Garden.  It's a very beautiful pavilion sent to the park from Thailand.  It's decorated with gold leaf and very intricate details.

She let me climb!

You can see some of the gold leaf detail in this photo.  It's on all of the pillars and the inside and outside of the roof.  Sooo pretty!

On our way away from the pavilion, we spotted a lost toy!  The three of us wanted to adopt her as a new toyvoyager, but Melissa said there was probably a little girl at the gardens somewhere with her parents that was missing it.  So we left it there to be claimed.

Here I am in the middle of the garden of medicinal herbs/plants/flowers. :)

Here we are resting in an area with waterfalls and rocks and lots of interesting landscaping.  We didn't get many good pictures in this area, unfortunately, because the birds were nesting there and they attacked everyone that got too close!  It was crazy!

Close up!

Miss you!  Next stop: the Capitol Building!

Posted Nov 30, 2008, 9:45 am
Eireannach has returned home!!

Many great thanks to all her wonderful hosts and all the people who made her journey so pleasant!!
Irish Wanderer

Posted May 27, 2010, 12:28 pm

Hi Mum! I've arrived in IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!
Yippeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! :D

I've been waiting so long to make my dream trip to Ireland and I'm just so excited!!!

Last night I arrived in Dublin, and this morning a very nice postman put me in his bag whilst he cycled to my  new hosts apartment.
He rang the bell and then a very nice lady appeared. She chatted to the postman before signing a document.

I was so excited  to get out of my travelling parcel  :D


I was welcomed by another TV called King Tut and also Rattie and Bridie who live with my host 


My host took some group photos.


and then they welcomed me with a bottle of Guinness!
I believe it's an Irish custom  :D


My host told me that King Tut is leaving for Italy today so we had our picture taken together. I was sad that I could not get to know him. He seems like an interesting chap. He is a very well known King. Wow Royalty!!!


I then helped  King Tut  into his evelope for his  trip to Italy.
I wish him good luck  :D


Irish Wanderer

Posted Jun 26, 2010, 4:56 am

Hi Mum. Meet my new best friend!  :D
His name is Winston. He is only 9 months old but is one big fluffy cat.  He has very long whiskers and  a very long fluffy tail!
He likes to play and has tried to pull my hat off  :thinking:

We posed for some pictures.




Irish Wanderer

Posted Jul 16, 2010, 6:34 am

Hi Mum!My host has had  a small problem with uploading our holiday photos so I'm only updating my blog now  :cyclops:

Here I am in Palma. It is the capital of Mallorca which is a Spanish island.  Palma has lots of  old narrow streets and many old buildings!
Here I am in front of the Museum of Mallorca.


One of the many old streets that I explored in the capital.


Palma has a famous Gothic Cathedral and a very famous fellow called Gaudi did some work on the building.


I loved all the beautiful courtyards which belonged to many of the rich people who lived in Palma many years ago.

We paid  a visit to The Arab Baths and Gardens. It was a lovely place to take a break from walking around the streets. The gardens were very pretty!


Great Postbox: Can you spot me!!!  :D


We went back to our apartment to have our lunch.
Here's me sitting at the kitchen window.


Me and Seamus the leprechaun  :D


The View from our kitchen window:


Look at the nice food I helped prepare.

Getting ready to eat!




In the evening we visited the Modern art Museum.

The Old City walls:

I think I should be a model  :D

A nice town square:


We took a walk along the seafront. It was really pretty as the sun was setting.

Here is another picture of the Gothic Cathedral from the seafront.


Here is me and Seamus at the beautiful marina in Palma at the end of  wonderful day  :D


Irish Wanderer

Posted Jan 5, 2011, 11:05 am

Hi Mom, it's Winter in Ireland and Ireland has had it's COLDEST Winter on record. I thought it was pretty warm  :D
We woke Christmas morning to a blanket of snow covering the city. It looked very beautiful!
Molly and I pose with the city in the background.
My host decided to bring us on a walk around Kilmainham - a very historic district in Dublin.
There are lots of lovely red brick houses like this one in Dublin and Kilmainham!
This is Kilmainham Gaol - one of Ireland's most famous  and important historic visitor attractions. After the 1916 rising  the men responsible for the rising were imprisoned and put to death by firing squad. Also many Irish people were kept in this gaol before being transported to Australia as punishment in the 1800's.
This is Kilmainham Courthouse!
Nice Pub across the road from Kilmainham Gaol. Sadly it was closed  or we would have gone in for a pint of Guinness!
This is the entrance to the Museum of Modern Art. Sadly it was also closed but I may get  a chance to revisit!
We walked to the Phoenix Park which is the largest enclosed park in Europe..................it looked so beautiful in the snow  :D
Welcome to Narnia!!!  :D
This is a very famous monument called the Wellington Monument and can be seen from many places around the city!
Here's Molly and I in the snow!
We both needed a rest from all the walking  :cyclops:
I liked this house in the snow!
After the Phoenix Park my host brought us to the War Memorial Gardens which were designed by  a famous architect called Sir Edwin Lutyens .
I had a fun day walking in the snow and very glad that I brought my hat and scarf to Ireland!
I enjoyed my day out walking even though it was the coldest day in Dublin since records began!

Irish Wanderer

Posted Jan 25, 2011, 12:23 am

Today was the last day of Christmas and is called "Little Christmas" or Nollaig na mBan (women's christmas).
It was the last day of the Christmas tree. I was sad to see it come down  :(
Molly and I with Winston the Cat!

Irish Wanderer

Posted Jan 27, 2011, 1:11 am

Hi Mum! Today my host had to get her NCT done (National Car Test).
We drove the car to a big warehouse where a mechanic took the car and tested it for all sorts of things.

I was able to watch the whole thing from the viewing windows upstairs  :D

The car passed it's NCT test so we are going to take a drive when the weather picks up!

Irish Wanderer

Posted Jan 29, 2011, 9:34 pm

Today I got to visit The Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham,Dublin.
We walked up a very long avenue to the building. It  is also known as "The Royal Hospital,Kilmainham" because it was  a hospital for old soldiers!
There was a very important and interesting exhibition on of Irish Modern Art.
We were not allowed to take pictures but I got this sneaky one inside  ;)
Here I am looking at some press cuttings about what the critics said about the exhibition!
An underground cellar now a shop and cafe  :D
An old statue!
This plaque is to commerate Irish man and women who died in all wars!
Look a  red bus .....used to transport tourists around the city!
In the background you can see Dublin's New Criminal Court House.
It looked very cool with the sun shining on it!
GUINNESS!!!!!! The Brewery is behind me  :p
Meet my new best friend!!!!!!!! He's  very famous in Dublin and is all over the billboards  :D
This is Heuston Station one of Dublin's 2 main railway stations. You can catch trains to all parts of Ireland, Galway,Cork,westport and Killarney!
Here I am on Heuston Bridge with the River Liffey behind me.
It's called after  a famous Irish rebel called Sean Heuston!

Irish Wanderer

Posted Jan 30, 2011, 4:02 pm

After our visit to The Museum of Modern Art we walked to The National Museum at Collin's Barracks. I spotted  "The Luas" known by local as "the Louie"  :D
Guinness Time!!!!  :p
Collin's Barracks only recently became a museum. It was a working army barracks up until very recently. It was here that the British Soldiers handed over the barracks to Michael Collin's and the Irish Freetstate Army after Ireland got Independence!
There was an exhibiton of Celtic High Crosses on. we were not allowed to take  photos but got  afew sneaky ones  ;)
There is a very good Military Exhibition there but we did not have time to see it all as they closed the museum  :(
It was dark when we came out. the lights behind me is of the Guinness Brewery at night!
Another Luas Tram!
My host then said we could pop into the pub for  a pint  :p
Look at all the drink behind the bar!!!
I decided to have Guinness!

Irish Wanderer

Posted Feb 8, 2011, 12:38 pm

Today I went to a famous seaside town called Bray. It is in County Wicklow about  a 30 min drive from Dublin!
Here I am walking up Bray Head with the town behind me!
The Irish Sea!
I spotted a Dart train going past on it's way to Greystones from Dublin City  :D
The sun was setting as we walked along the prom!
A nice Wall painting!
After the sun set we went to the pub for  a pint and some food!
The Guinness arrives!
I love Guinness!!!!!
I really enjoyed my daytrip today  :D

Irish Wanderer

Posted Feb 15, 2011, 1:04 pm

Today I visited  the town of Drogheda which is about an hours drive from Dublin.
It is a very historic town with lots of churches and old shops. The old city walls can still be seen.
Here I am with the famous River Boyne behind me!
Another Irish Pub!!!!  :D
I liked this Guinness drawing on the side of the pub!
I really liked this pretty house!
......and these red brick houses.  :D
Sweet Shop............YUMMY!!!!!!!!
Here is part of the old town wall.
We found this old abbey which had been destroyed may years ago.
This is my hosts husband....he is always up to mischief  ;)
A pretty church!
Inside the church.
There was some story about this door .........but I wasn't paying attention when my host was talking  :p
More cute Irish Post Boxes  :D
After visiting Drogheda we drove out to a very famous Irish ruined abbey called Monsterboice. It has some beautiful High Crosses. When we arrived it was getting dark and a fog had descended over the whole place. It made the place very atmospheric!!!!  :cyclops:
The High Tower in the Fog!
The Famous "Monsterboice High Cross"

Irish Wanderer

Posted Feb 24, 2011, 9:35 am

Hello from County Wexford!
I travelled with my host to Wexford for 2 days. It is in the sunny south east of Ireland.........however we saw no sunshine whilst we were there.  :(
I visited this famous abbey called Tintern Abbey.
Molly and I with Tintern Abbey behind us!

Irish Wanderer

Posted Feb 25, 2011, 10:00 am

Hi Mum. Today was my scond day in County Wexford. My hosts decided to drive down to the Hook Head Peninsula. There is a famous lighthouse there called Hook Head Lighthouse! It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world!
It was  a wild and stormy day and the sea was crashing all around. I really liked it!!  :D
You can see the Hook Lighthouse behind me in the distance!
Look at those waves!!!!!
Arriving at the lighthouse!
Molly and I pose for the camera!
Peek- a-boo!
I met this lighthouse keeper inside. he didn't say very much  ;)
Lots of nice books to buy .....in aid of the lifeboats  :D
We drove on as far as a small fishing village called Duncannon but the weather was so bad we could not see the beautiful scenery  :(
Fishing Boats tied up in Duncannon!
After  a long day we  had a nice rest in our hotel bed  :D

Irish Wanderer

Posted Apr 27, 2011, 10:09 am
Hi Mum todaywe went on  a trip to a town in County Kildare. My host got  a new  camera lens and wanted to try it out. I got  ago too!
It was a very cold day but we got to see the Grand Canal and some very nice bridges! In the last one a train went over the bridge!
Heres me taking some photos  :cyclops:
I loved this old petrol pump!  :D