Last week, I was silent online because I was in Ireland!! Branches of my family came from Ireland only a few generations back. So in a way, it was coming home for me!
We started in Galway! Such a beautiful city!!
One morning, I got up early and followed the river on a long walk. The weather was cool and gray, but still lovely!!
We found a small local pub (our favorite kind), The Crane, and I had my first night of Irish music. To be honest, we looked for small local pubs most of the trip. James Gallagher and Joyce Redmond were my favorites!
Next was Kilmore Abbey!
We went to the Burren. It was such a strange landscape. The green hills butted up against the mountains of rock. We went through the Aillwee Caves. Tight places give me the heebie-jeebies, but this was simply breathtaking!
Next we headed to Doolan. Here's something I loved about Ireland...there were sheep and cows everywhere. Near our B&Bs, along the cliffs, next to the towns...
Oh, and one of the the most breathtaking sites was the Cliffs of Moher. We walked along them for a long time and seriously, they were awe inspiring!
Can you imagine living in this tower?? The waves and the birds would lull you to sleep every night. It seems so lonely, yet strong all at the same time.
When I think of Ireland, puffins doing necessarily come to mind, but they nest on the Cliffs. Did I ever tell you about the time I dreamed about puffins? I mentioned it to a friend who'd just visited Alaska. She went very silent. When I saw her shortly thereafter, she'd brought a puffin sweatshirt home for me. It was a very Twilight Zone sort of moment.
I loved seeing PA Police patches in so many of the pubs...oh, and I loved the very descriptive signs!
More of Doolin and another cave...the Doolin Cave.
We went to Killarney! Found a very cool whiskey bar...we found some new favorites there!
The National Park there was gorgeous!
Our final stop was Dingle. If I moved to Ireland, this is where I'd settle. There's a small town atmosphere, the ocean with beaches, a great bay and mountains.
I got up very early one morning and walked around Dingle's bay. It was so cool to see all the fishermen heading to their boats. And then I watched as the sun came up...it was breathtaking!
I walked along a Dingle beach and dipped my toes in the other side of the Atlantic!
We drove the Dingle loop and way up on the mountain, we stopped to see some stone Beehive huts. These ancient dwellings are so impressive!
Our last stop was Bunratty Castle. The view from the tower was amazing!!
My trip was wonderful. I'm hoping to take you along with me in an Irish story sometime next year. Now, I'm back and need to finish up my WIP.
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