Hello! I have been away for quite some time, traveling and then coming home with the flu/strep throat. (the sickest I have been in years) I am so excited to be posting finally!!! I cannot wait to visit everyone over the weekend and see what has been happening in each little corner of blogland.
My trip was wonderful. I loved each country for very different reasons. I will start with Ireland and then post in a few days about England and then France. We stayed on the Irish sea at the most wonderful old hotel, The Royal Marine. Ireland is so beautiful, and as green as I imagined, we are definitely going back to spend more time traveling up North and West!
This was definitely the nicest place we stayed at while in Europe.
We flew into Dublin in the dark so I was so excited to get up the next morning and see Ireland This is the view looking out to the Irish Sea from our balcony at about 5 AM.
An old church to the right.
St. Patrick's Day parade. People were there from all over the world.
A Leprechaunn...my husband! The hair color matched his perfect!
Outside of a restaurant where we ate...the food was fabulous.
The people in Ireland were just lovely and friendly. All of the street signs are in Irish and English, but it is hard, I am sad to say, to find anyone who speaks Irish. We traveled to Cork by train and did a little sight seeing.
We had to see the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone...
The view from the top is breathtaking!
There were so many beautiful old churches in Ireland and so many spires dotting the countryside as we traveled by train.
I couldn't leave Ireland without visiting Enya's castle!
And Bono's home...
The four of us standing at the gate. (Tim, me, Maria, and Rob)
Well, dear friends, I hope you have enjoyed this little peek of my trip. I hope to write more within the next few days! I have missed you all and will be visiting you this weekend!
Ireland is where strange tales begin
and happy endings are possible.
As sure as the shamrocks are growing in the land which the Irish all love, as sure as the lakes of Killarney reflect the blue heavens above - as sure as the warmhearted Irish all pay honor to Saint Patrick too, I’m wishing you “top o’the morning” and happiness, always, for you.