Ireland

After a whirlwind day in London, Kyle, Drew, Jenny and I landed in Dublin to start the next leg of our tour.  We rented a car and Kyle had the privilege of driving us around on the “wrong” side of the twisting roads of Ireland for the next four days – I don’t know how he did it, but he did an amazing job!  Jenny and I, on the other hand, were completely worthless as we literally passed out in the back seat every time the car was in motion…oops.

Let me start by saying that Ireland was truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever encountered – lush, green, and constantly changing from one landscape to the next.

We started by spending our first night in Blarney – yes, near the Blarney Stone.  While we had an amazing traditional Irish dinner in a local pub, we did not actually kiss the Blarney Stone.  According to Rick Steves it can get pretty slobbery and that thought just really grossed me out!  I’ll pass on that particular chance at good luck!

So, we visited the Woollen Mills on our way out of town instead.

 

From there, we took an abbreviated route of the Ring of Kerry that started with a stop in Kenmare.  We all fell in love with this charming, bustling town and especially with it’s perfect little bakery – Jam – where we enjoyed delicious scones, coffee and sandwiches.  Yum!

We also made a stop in Killarney National Park and took a short hike to a waterfall.

And then we got to take a car ferry – I just love ferries.

Our second night was spent near the Cliff’s of Moher at a lovely B&B.  We were up early the next day to make it to the cliffs before the tour buses arrived and it was a remarkable view to take in – so massive and stunning.  Apparently we were fortunate to get such a gorgeous view because the weather is often foggy and makes it difficult to even see the cliffs.

 

For the last two nights of our trip, we settled into a quirky house just outside of Dublin with our even quirkier hosts.  Those that say that Irish people were born with the ‘gift of gab’ were not lying!  With that said, they made us feel right at home and were so helpful as we set out to explore Dublin.

As all good tourists do, we hopped on a double-decker bus to get oriented in the city and figure out which sights we wanted to see in such a short amount of time.  After a full loop, we decided that Trinity College, the Guinness Factory and Christ Church were at the top of our list and off we went.

Notice that I’m “guinness-less” in this photo…let’s just say I had a feeling that maybe I shouldn’t be drinking…

Cheers to a fantastic trip to Ireland!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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