Highlights From My Trip to Ireland
I just returned from a week in Ireland and I couldn't wait to share some of the highlights from my trip to the Green Isle! With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to take a closer look at this beautiful country. Filled with a rich history, stunning scenery, magical castles, friendly people, great music, and a fun pub life - oh, and don't forget the fish and chips : )
Trinity College and the Book of Kells
Trinity College's Old Library and the Book of Kells exhibition in Dublin did NOT disappoint! Fascinating history, including seeing original copies of the gospels written around 800 AD (blown away by the details of the artistry) and an original copy of the Irish proclamation of independence.
Kissed the Blarney Stone
I didn't know what to expect when I went to Blarney Castle. After a short walk, I climbed to the top of the castle, laid down on the ground with the upper half of my body hanging over an opening, leaned way back upside down and...kissed the Blarney Stone! Now I have the gift of eloquence (aka the "gift of gab") - according to the legend.
Drove the Slea Head Drive along part of the Wild Atlantic Way on the Dingle Peninsula and the views were spectacular!!
This area felt almost other worldly to me and in fact, the site of Luke Skywalker's hideaway planet in the recent Star Wars movies, Planet Anch-To, was filmed on Skellig Michael just off the coast of the Dingle Peninsula.
Killarney National Park
I had such a great time on my horse drawn "jaunting car" ride in Killarney! Rode through Killarney National Park (where no motor traffic is allowed) and our driver, Paudie, had me laughing the whole way! He told me about the history, legends and folklore of the area with plenty of Irish wit thrown in for good measure.
Visited the number one tourist attraction in Dublin - the Guinness Storehouse, which has been the home of Guinness since 1759. Learned how to pull the perfect pint - tastes WAY BETTER here - and took in the 360 degree views of the city from the Gravity Bar on top of the building.
Cliffs of Moher
Of all my experiences on this trip, I think I'm most grateful for the opportunity to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher in person. Standing 700 feet high and five miles long, these sheer cliffs are quite a sight and a definite must see on the west coast of Ireland!
P.S. If I look cold in this picture, it's because I was : ) It was only in the upper 30's and the wind was whipping like crazy - if you look close enough, you can even see the rain/snow coming down!
I had the chance to tour and stay in lots of lovely hotels in fabulous locations throughout Ireland on my trip, and I made valuable industry connections and new friends from around the world. All of this is to benefit my clients like you : )
If you're thinking about heading to the Green Isle, contact me and I’d love to help you plan a wonderful visit to this beautiful country!
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