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Ireland! part 1

September 14, 2009

We’re baaaaack!  And I thought I’d start my comeback with a very exciting recap (or several very exciting recaps) of our adventures!

Day 1

We flew Aer Lingus from NYC to Shannon (thanks to J’s parents for driving us to/from the airport!), and arrived in Ireland at 6am, local time.  I had originally rented a vehicle with manual transmission, but the nice man at the Hertz desk offered us an automatic transmission for an extra 10 euros/day (online estimates priced the upgrade at $600 more, which is why I booked the manual in the first place).  I think the extra $150 investment probably saved our marriage – and our lives.

From the airport, we drove North, through the Burren.  It was raining lightly (note the grayness of the pictures below) and much colder and windier than we are accustomed to, but we were so excited to be in Ireland that it didn’t matter.  Jason said that the curves and grooves in the rock in this area reminded him of the curves and grooves in the brain, and then I spent a good 10 minutes making fun of him for being a complete dork.

Our only stop in the Burren was Poulnabrone Dolmen, a neolithic tomb.  It was still before 9am, but since the tomb is always free and open (or at least there were no barriers stopping us if it was closed), we were able to check it out.

We were the only tourists checking it out at 8am on a Monday morning.  As we walked to the tomb, a man stopped his car in the middle of the nearby road and hopped out to say hi to us.  His name was Marty, and he gave us a very sweet welcome to his country!  (We giggled for a while about the strangeness of this, though – just stopping the car in the middle of the road and shouting to a bunch of tourists.  When he first stopped, we didn’t know if we were going to get in trouble for trespassing or what!)

Then, we got out our new tripod to take a few photos (we bought the tripod specifically so that we’d have pictures of the two of us together on vacation, so I was pleased to use it right away!).

Once we had our fill of picture-taking, we continued our drive through the Burren.  We decided to drive an extra hour to have lunch in Galway.  Galway was really cute, and we enjoyed walking around town for a few hours.

After lunch, we drove back (South) through the Burren, stopping in Kinvara to walk around (I was having trouble staying awake, so I suggested that we get out of the car for a bit).

We then headed to the Cliffs of Moher, where the sun made an appearance for the first time that day.

Our final sightseeing stop of the day was St. Bridget’s Well.  Located about 10 minutes from the Cliffs, it was worth the short drive to be able to say that I’ve now seen one of the creepiest things ever.  Maybe I don’t understand it?  Anyways, it’s basically a fountain in a cave, and tons of people have left statues of the Virgin Mary, pictures of loved ones, flowers, rosaries, etc, etc.

After the creepy fountain, we headed to our B&B in Doolin.  We stayed at Daly’s House, and it was great.  The owners were so sweet, the rooms were clean and comfortable, breakfast was delicious, and most importantly, it was only a short walk from O’Connor’s Pub, where we spent the evening eating and enjoying the craic.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 14, 2009 11:59 am

    Welcome Back! What a great trip…and great pictures! Looks like you guys had a good time. Btw, very cute outfit (gray and black). lol

    • September 14, 2009 12:28 pm

      Ooh! Thanks! I’m always a little hesitant to wear anything other than my usual ripped-jeans-old-t-shirt-canvas-shoes combo… glad to hear you think it worked! 🙂

  2. September 14, 2009 12:49 pm

    oh how jealous I am! It looks like you had a wonderful time!

  3. mom permalink
    September 14, 2009 2:20 pm

    Great pics with that awesome camera, worth the voting 🙂 efforts! Looks like you really packed a lot into that first day and boy what a grin on Jason’s face! And that was only day one??? Man, I can’t wait to go to Europe again!!! Too bad we didn’t know about the creepy well before you left; I bet some of Grandma Schneider’s plates you received as a “Yankee Swap” gift would have fit right into the decor!

  4. September 14, 2009 3:05 pm

    so your glad your finally back safe & sound – i have been anxiously awaiting your pictures and stories –
    Wish you lived here in florida – then we could just swap stories over a starbucks – and a brownie!
    check your email later on !!!

  5. September 14, 2009 4:27 pm

    Great to see you back and loved reading about the first part of your trip. Considering the jet-lag you have already packed lots in.

    Love the welcome – someone stopping in the middle of the road to greet you – bet you knew you were in Ireland then!!!

    Looking forward to the next installment. Our meet up has already been featured on my blog – and you were my also my daily photo for Project 365.

  6. September 14, 2009 5:29 pm

    Wow Ireland look beautiful! it looks like u guys had lots of fun 🙂
    i hope i can get to go there one day

  7. Debbie permalink
    September 14, 2009 6:28 pm

    Loved seeing the pictures again and hearing how you enjoyed those places as much as we did. We agree St. Bridget’s Well was creepy but we had to go there also since we have our own Bridget.
    My dream is that one day, we will all go together!
    Can’t wait to read the rest of the blog posts.


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