Sunday, July 29, 2012

Life as I know it...

One husband, two dogs, house, job, and a hundred things on my to do list…

IRELAND 2012

We came. We saw. We conquered.

My parents took all 4 Dries kids and two husbands to Ireland for 12 days.  We left Charlotte on June 20, 2012, around 6:00pm and arrived in Dublin around 6:00am on the 21st.  Upon arrival, we met our fearless leader for the week, Sean and he took us around Dublin before heading to the Guinness Factory around 10am; we then did a walking tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College.




Kel and Mike arrived from NYC on the 22nd and went to Powerscourt gardens and waterfall and stayed over in Kilkenny. We found this sign outside the waterfall.







We toured the Old Middleton Distillery (Jameson) and the town of Cobh, the last stop before the ill fated Titanic started her journey across the Atlantic on Saturday.




On Sunday, we spent the day driving around the Dingle Peninsula. This was the best weather we had the whole trip and this was my favorite this to see. It’s a shame the weather in Ireland is unpredictable (precipitation and temperature wise) because they have so much coastline.




The ladies toured the Ring of Kerry, while the guys golfed at Waterville on Monday, Honestly, don’t get my wrong, the Ring was beautiful but I did not think that it lived up to all its hype, definitely not my favorite part of Ireland.

On Tuesday, we left Killarney, toured the Burren, Cliffs of Moher and stayed the night in Galway. In Galway we saw a great show full of Irish music and dancing. It was too foggy to actually see anything at the Cliffs, these pictures are from a previous trip.



Our plans for Wednesday were derailed due to weather and we spent most of the day in the bus riding around touring the countryside.

We traveled to Crough Patrick which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, it is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland.  Slieve League Cliffs, the highest sea cliffs in Europe, the ride up was amazing but before we could get off the bus it was pouring. We spent that night in Donegal on Thursday.

This at at bottom of cliff                                                                        This is at the top
On Friday, we headed to Giant’s Causeway and the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge and spent the night in Templepatrick. Giants Causeway was beautiful but very slippery. The bridge was quite a feat for me since I am terrified of heights. We had rainy weather most of the day but it cleared up for about 20 minutes while we were at the bridge and we were able to get some great shots.


 








We spent our last day in Ireland visiting Virginia, my mom was able to see the remains of the home where her grandmother, my great grandmother was raised and then we headed back to Dublin.  My dad had a good friend, he knows through business who lives in Dublin that Kelly and I spent time with when we were in Dublin in 2001, we were able to go to their house for dinner the first night we were there and they joined us for the Merry Ploughboys show on Saturday night.



It was the trip of a lifetime and I hope you guys enjoy the pictures, check out our Christmas card picture.