S: Ireland March 2009
BC: From Blarney Castle to the Cliffs of Moher, through the quaint towns going to the Giant's Causeway and back to Dublin, Ireland is one phenomenal country. It was like a dream to have been able to experience such a mystical world. Absolutely breath taking scenery surrounded us throughout our travels in this historic land. Our excursions took us places that I've only seen in the movies. Driving on the "wrong" side of the oh so narrow streets was definitely a little nerve-racking to say the least but adventurous & fun at the same time. With blue skies and brisk temperatures, the wind was our only hindrance, though it could not stop us from experiencing everything Ireland has to offer. The friendly and inviting locals made every day a pleasure. Our dreams took us to this magical world called Ireland, hopefully our paths will lead us back again one day.....
FC: Ireland April, 2010
1: Connor and I began our journey in NewYork city.
2: We spent the day walking. | Empire State Building, Macy's, Times Square, and Central Park
3: Chloe' sent Flat Stanley . | Cherry blossoms.....
4: We were greeted at the Dublin Airport by our tour guide director. We were taken to the Stillorgan Park Hotel. Mark was waiting for us. In a matter of minutes, Connor and I were fast asleep. No jet lag here.
5: Dublin,Ireland | April, 2010
7: Stopped at Dublin Castle. Took a guided tour through the elegant State apartments.
10: Tour of Dublin
11: Saint Patrick's Cathedral
15: Merry Ploughboy Pub Dinner and Irish Dance
20: We heard what the locals do to this stone at night. I sure hope it rained enough ...........
22: The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of the castle in 1446. It is believed to be 1/2 of the Stone of Scone, which originally belonged to the Scottish. Legend has it that kissing the stone endows the kisser with the "gift of gab" or eloquence. | PJ WAS | THE ONLY | KISS IT | ONE TO
23: Ring of Kerry Breathtaking sights of Macgillycuddy's Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs
24: Kells sheepdog demonstrations | Local farmer, Brendan Ferris
28: Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20 minute ferry ride across the River Shannon
30: The Cliffs of Moher (Co. Clare) Aillte an Mhothair aka Cliffs of Mohair The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft.) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head & reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft.) just north of O'Brien's Tower 8 km away. The cliffs consist mainly of beds of Namurian shale & sandstone, with the oldest rocks being found at the bottom of the cliffs.
31: The cliffs are home to one of the major colonies of cliff nesting seabirds in Ireland. The most interesting being the famous Atlantic Puffin, which live on isolated parts of the cliffs & on the small Goat Island.
32: This is O'Brien's Tower, the highest point of the cliffs. | It was built by Cornelius O'Brien to impress female visitors.
35: The pictures just don't do the Cliffs justice. A spectacular wall of limestone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. We had a beautiful day to view the cliffs.
36: Bunratty Stayed in the Bunratty Castle Hotel
37: Bunratty Castle
38: Medieval-style feast
39: Back to Dublin
40: May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky, and my you always have the courage to spead you wings and fly! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ May the raod rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of His hand.