I had such a great time yesterday afternoon teaching my two friends how to create their own google travel map; one friend was working on one for her trip to Vietnam; the other was creating one for her trip to Italy.  After a very short time they were busy creating place marks, assigning specialized icons, entering important information they wanted to remember and have at their fingertips while traveling regarding each place and before I knew it they were well on their way and didn’t need me any longer! It’s really quite easy once you have created a couple and get familiar and comfortable with the process.

Below is the final leg of my 120-day Holiday itinerary through Ireland and the return trek to Aberdeen in northeast Scotland.

July 2 – 8: Ahoghill and Ballymena, Ireland – Slemish House B&B and Frew Friends

I get to visit the Frews in this area that I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time earlier this spring.  I am so looking forward to getting to know them better and exploring my Frew roots in this neck of the woods further.  My third great grandfather, John Frew, was born and raised here, but I have yet to attach him to a family.  I do not know who his parents or siblings were (yet!).

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July 9-11: Belfast – Windemeer Guest House

More Frew Family Research at PRONI (Public Records Office of Northern Ireland), explore the Botanical Gardens and experience the Titanic!



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July 12: Catch the ferry at Larne again and head back to Cairnryan in Scotland

July 12-13: Newton Stewart, Galloway, Scotland – Stables Guest House

More Stewart family ancestry to discover in this country!

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July 14-16: Loch Lomond – Rowardennan Lodge – again! 🙂

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July 17-20: Aberdeen; July 21: Fly from Aberdeen Back to the USA

So there it is in pictures – what I dreamed up!  Isn’t it fantastic?  I am so looking forward to this.

I have the basic route, I have lodging booked along the way, I have an airplane ticket and I have many people to travel with and to visit; what more could a traveling girl want?

On my next post I’ll share two additional maps with you that I’ve been working on. The cities I visit have so much to see and do that they warrant their own individual travel maps.  I’ve pretty well mapped out both Paris and Amsterdam with the particular sites and attractions I wish to visit and explore.  If I tried to put all the information that a city requires on my main itinerary map, it would become too boggled down with details.  I like to add the details of a city separately making it easier to access and to read.  Stay tuned for the next installment!

Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

3 thoughts on “Ireland”

    1. What fond shared memories we have, ‘eh? That was such a fun day exploring Ahoghill and making new friends! And, that my friend, is what it’s all about – making wonderful memories!


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