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The Children of Lir

The children of Lir were turned into swans by their jealous step mother Aoife and spent 900 years in the form of swans - 300 of them on Lake Derravarragh in Westmeath...

The children of Lir were turned into swans by their jealous step mother Aoife and spent 900 years in the form of swans – 300 of them on Lake Derravarragh in Westmeath…

I have often passed this way by car and always think this would be great cycling country in a part of Ireland that is hidden from tourists and the rest of us too. Loads of interesting places, history and scenery to make the effort worthwhile…

One of our favourite Irish legends is the Children of Lir. I passed by Lake Derravarragh today on my way to Brewster Park in Enniskillen.

The children of Lir were turned into swan by their jealous step mother and forced to spend 900 years as beautiful swans, 300 years on Lake Derravarragh, 300 years on the Straits of Moyle and 300 years on Inis Glora. The spell was only broken when they heard the bell of St Patrick…..a lovely fairytale which is well worth reading in full!

Children of Lir

Statue to commemorate the Children of Lir in beautiful Castle Pollard

 

Cycle Route South from Paris by the Seine

Always good to find a safe route out of major cities.

Pedalling on Regardless

GPX File and Route Map in Map My Ride Map

South East from Central Paris

Eurostar takes us to Paris

We decide our best option is to take Eurostar from London to Paris and head off from there.  We surely get points for flexibility!  The trip through France will also allow us to cycle ourselves fit as we head to the Pyrenees.

One problem remains: how to get out of Paris with almost no preparation or planning. The web of course comes to our rescue. A quick  Google search throws up David Q May’s site and his seven options out by low or no traffic routes.  There is no time to look for others, so we print off the option south along the Seine and we are good to go.

Leaving Paris

Looking back we were very lucky to hit on this site.  David’s instructions are clearly the result of…

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