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Friday, 11 November 2016

Tour of County Laois - Ireland, UK

Route 1: Borris in Ossory to Abbeyleix - Stradbally - Erno - Mountmellick- Portioaise.

Distance :  103km

The tour starts in Borris in Ossory which lies beneath Slieve Bloom Mountains,take the R435 signposted Rathdowey, you will pass through Ballybrophy and on to Donaghmore, watch out for a brown sign  Famine Workhouse Museum on the right.

From Donaghmore continue to Rathdowney on the R435 to do some shopping at the Rathdowney Shopping Outlet.

From Rathdowney take the R433 signposted Abbeyleix to Ballacolla.  This is a late eighteenth century, well kept village, which has access to the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

From Ballacolla turn right onto the R434 to travel to Darrow, turn right onto the N8 signposted Cork to enter the village. One of Durrow's finest features is the suite of buildings around the green under the gates and a battlemented wall which in turn encloses a tastefully designed modern primare school and the important castle (1713 - 32), one of the last large pre-Palladian houses to be built in Ireland.

From Durrow, travel back the N8 signposted Dublin, turn right onto an unnamed road signposted Ballinakill. In Ballinakill turn left at sign for Heywood Gardens, which were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.  Take a left for Timahoe and Heywood Gardens are on the right.

Leaving Heywood Gardens, turn left, then next right onto the R432, travel to the designated heritage town of Abbeyleix, while there visit the award winning library and Abbeyleix Heritage House,

From Abbeyleix, follow the brown signposts to Timahoe, on entering the village turn right to see the Round Tower which was built in the mid 12th Century and is one of the finest in Ireland.

From Timahoe, continue straight on an unnamed road, follow signs for Stradbally on entering the
village turn left to visit the Steam Museum, with some exhibits dating back over 60 years.

From Stradbally you can take a detour on the N80 signposted Portiaoise, you willsee a brown sign post to the right to visit the Rock of Dunamaise, a magnificent example of the remains of a Celtic fortification. Leaving Dunamaise, head back on N80 to Stradbally, on entering Stradbally take a
left on to the R427 for Vicarstown.

Turn right for Vicarstown Bridge where tranquillity  is easily found along the banks of the Grand Canal. Turn back on the road that you came and continue straight ahead, follow signs for Erno. Continue on the R422, signposted Mountmellick. Continue on to Emo, where you can visit Emo Court, designed by James Gandon in 1790 for the Earls of Portarlington.

From Emo travel to Mountmellick on the R422, where Mountmellick Museum showcases Mountmellick embroiderythat was developed in the 1800's. The Museum also tells the story of Mountmellick's rich Quaker and industrial history.

From Mountmellick, take the N80 to Portiaoise the capital of county Laois, wher out tour ends in this vibrant town where there are interesting shops, great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.

"Uanct - App B Residence alla Stazione" - Montegrotto Terme, Italy

"Uanct -App B Residence alla Stazione"
Viale Stazione 176,- primo piano
35036 Montegrotto Terme

Cacchinato Paola

Tel e Fax:  049 8860453
        Cell:   328 1267390      

"Uanct - App A Residence alla Stazione" - Montegrotto Terme, Italy

"Uanct - App A Residence alla Stazione"
Viale Stazione, 176 - primo piano
35036 Montegrotto Terme

Cecchinato Paola

Tel e Fax:  049 8860453
Cell:          328 1267390

Apartment "Iris 609" - Montegrotto Terme, Italy

Apartment "Iris 609"
Via Manzoni, 34 int 10
35036 Montegrotto Terme

Bracco Maria Caria

Tel:   049 8666711
Fax:  049 7964325
Cell;  340 1039639


Restaurant Kindli - Zurich, Switzerland

The Kindli is situated in a stately old -  town house just off Rennweg and serves solid food not just from Switzerland in a refined atmosphere. At the Kindli they do everything with a little extra , the Zurich classic geschhnetzeites (veal in bite sized pieces)  for example is done here with filet of veal.
Besides classics there are fish and beef specialities on the menu. Leave room for the dessert , the cafe is excellent.

Restaurant Kindli
Platzgrasse 1,

Tel:  +41 43 888 76 78


Restaurant Maison Manesse - Zurich, Switzerland

This is extraordinary avant-garde cuisine in a comfortable and easy-going interior, where the homely white wooden panelling sets the mood.  The menu created by chefs Fabian Spiquel und Marcello Drovandi changes frequently and features molecular cuisine as well as other unusual cooking styles
(we had an onsen egg, cooked 20 minutes at exactly 68 C giving it a special wax-like consistency). You simply choose as many of the dishes as you like - there are a dozen or more available - or go for the 5 - dish menu (around It's amazing the tastes they create here.  And with a very tender steak they also offer some less out-of-the-ordinary, options. Recommended.

Restaurant Maison Manesse
Hopfenstrasse 2
Schmiede Wiedikon

Tel:   +41 44 462 01 01

Web:  www.maisonmanesse,ch

Restaurant The Bite - Zurich, Switzerland

The Bite is the latest of a handful of burger restaurants that have recently opened in the city. - burgers seem to back on the locals' hitlist.  The Bite convinced us with their Classic burger - it was one of the best we have had for a long time.
The beef was fried to perfection , the blend delicious and the cheddar cheese, the shallots and the sauces a great match. The home-made ketchup and cocktail sauces which came with the fries went down well too.  We could do without some of the arty chichi - the drinks are served in jars and the burgers come on a wooden chopping boards - but we would always come back for these burgers.

Restaurant The Bite
Brauerstrasse 15
Tram Helvetiaplatz

Tel:   +41 44 242 30 00


Durham - Days Inn - North Carolina, USA

Durham - Days Inn
Near Duke University
3460 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Tel:   (919) 383 1551


Biscos - Days Inn - North Carolina, USA

Biscos - Days Inn
531 East Main St.,
Biscos, NC 27209

Tel:   (910) 428 2525




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