With everything that’s been going on this summer—vacations, family visiting, the Romance Writers of America conference— I completely forgot to do my last blog and giveaway in which I was supposed to show you pictures of our June trip to Ireland. Better late than never!
We started our trip in Dublin. Although it’s the capital of Ireland, Dublin was actually small enough to get around pretty easily. In fact, we were able to walk pretty much everywhere we wanted to go…including to Dublin Castle. Although not much of the original building remains, it’s still where a lot of the government resides. There is also a nice little garden where people like to hang out, including the guy to the left who deserves his very own picture for being the only person in Ireland to wear short-shorts while most of us were wearing jeans and raincoats.
Our first trip outside of Dublin was to the Rock of Cashel (medieval remains) where there is a quaint town with shopping and restaurants. But it’s really the ruins of the original seat of the kings of Munster that you have to see!
After Cashel we traveled down to Killarney, which is a town with a beautiful national park, in fact the first national park in Ireland. The park has lots of trails and it seemed to be a place where locals cut through to get to town and walk their dogs. Not far from the town is an amazing 1800s mansion called Muckross House which is definitely worth a visit. I could have walked around Killarney and Muckross for a month and not have been tired of the place!
After Muckross it was on to the ruins of Blarney Castle. If you want to experience a typical medieval castle, this is the place to go! It’s tall and commanding, surrounded by beautiful landscape; truly impressive. And yes, we did kiss the Blarney stone, although it’s more difficult than you’d think; involves lying on the ground and bending back a little bit.
Our last stop was at the Cliffs of Moher in Western Ireland where the hills are large and stone fences and cottages abound. This area is stereotypical Ireland. The cliffs were truly awe-inspiring and it was the prefect way to end our vacation.
That was our summer adventure in a nutshell. Ireland was pretty much everything you’d expect…lovely people, rainy weather, brilliant green landscape. I would definitely visit there again! So what about you…what’s something you did this summer that stands out? As I said I missed my giveaway last time, so I’ve got a small prize pack for two winners… a signed printed copy of To Capture a Rake, and the CD version so you can listen in your car! Just make sure the kids aren’t with you. Tell me something fun you did this summer!