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Tuesday, September 4th, 2018
Fulfilling a Life-Long Dream: An Ireland Adventure!
Oh. My. Goodness! What a dream come true!! Beautiful beyond description!!! Ireland does NOT disappoint!!
On May, 29th, after precious little sleep, Mom and I embarked on a life-long dream to visit the land of our ancestors – Ireland. It was an AMAZING 14-day adventure (16 counting travel days) and I’m so excited to share it with you over the next several days & posts! I’ve been processing the almost 4,000 photos and videos I took since we got back!! Ha! So, I’ve got lots of great images to show ya. It’ll almost be like you were there!!
Let’s start with Day 1:
We flew out of Manhattan, KS at about 5:30 AM (CDT) on May 29th and spent the next 24+ hours flying through Chicago and Boston, landing in Shannon, Ireland at about 6:00 AM (IDT – Irish Daylight Time) on May 30th. Running on “fumes” with precious little sleep before we left (due to packing difficulties and just life in general) and then little sleep on the flight, we grabbed our bags, got settled into our rental car, and made our way to Limerick to pick up a few supplies, and then on to the picturesque village of Adare.
I adjusted to driving on the left side of the road much easier than I thought, and most of the roads we drove on during our first day in Ireland had plenty of space and were easy to navigate – Thank You Google Maps!!
We had a very laid-back day in Adare, enjoying brunch at a little cafe and slowly meandering through a Catholic church, a few shops and a park before our check-in time at our B&B.
Check out this slideshow of our time in Adare!
Around 2:30 PM or so, we headed north to Cahergal Farmhouse B&B in rural Co. Clare. What a lovely, peaceful place with wonderful hosts!
Here’s a slideshow of photos from Cahergal as well as a video taken just outside the dinning area on the relaxing patio.
Our beds were a welcome sight that evening, but we were so thrilled to be in Ireland. It didn’t seem real to us, and I’m not sure that it really registered or “sank in” that we were actually in Ireland for several days. The terrain in County Clare is much like Kansas – lots of fields, but there were more rolling hills, lots of stone walls separating the fields and pastures, and so many different shades of green. We were also captivated by the lush plants and flowers growing everywhere. So beautiful!!
Check back for our Day 2 adventures in the next post where we visit a refurbished 15th century Irish Castle/Towerhouse!
God’s Blessings & Joy Be To You,
PS – Please feel free to leave your comments or questions below. I’d love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions you might have about our trip!
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Beautiful pictures! <3
I'm so excited to share this trip with you via photo memories.
Thanks so much Ginger! I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all and hearing your thoughts about Ireland. Thanks for taking time to comment!
Gena, That looks like such a beautiful home that you stayed in. What beautiful glass doors and windows ! When standing at the glass doors, looking out–what direction are you looking?
Hi Ginger, Yes, Cahergal was gorgeous! I think the glass doors looking out to the patio would have been looking south- southeast.
Wow Gena!! It looks absolutely gorgeous. Looks like you enjoyed sunny weather while you were there. Beautiful!! I think we are getting some typical Irish weather here in Concordia right NOW!
Haa! Yes! Lots of rain here at the moment and lots of sunshine while we were in Ireland. I was sure glad for it! Thanks for taking time to share your thoughts!
Wow. Just wow. To think, how heartbreaking it must have been for our ancestors to leave that beautiful land.
Right!! It just blows my mind and breaks my heart. What strength and courage! No wonder it pulls at my heartstrings – gotta be in the blood! 🙂
Glass doors and windows facing south/south east would provide good morning sunshine and be wonderful for the flowers and plants !
Yes definitely! All that rain doesn’t hurt either. 😉
Oh, Gena! How stunning! You captured the moments so well. I can hardly wait to see the rest of the adventures!
Thanks so much, Ashley! I’m thrilled to be able to share them and to hear everyone’s thoughts. Thanks for taking time to share yours!! Many more stunning views to come!