S: Ireland 2011
FC: Ireland 2011
1: The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. - St. Augustine | Ireland 2011 May 14 - May 21 A perfect blend of history and nature.
2: Day 1: Arrival in Ireland, Rock of Cashel, and Limerick
3: Rock of Cashel
6: Rock of Cashel and Hoare Abbey | The Rock of Cashel was the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster
7: Warming Up with some fresh hot coffee at Granny's Kitchen
8: St. Mary's Cathedral Limerick, Ireland St Mary's was founded in 1168 and is the oldest building in Limerick which is in daily use.
9: King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone Limerick City
10: Day 2: Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Adare
11: Bunratty Castle | The name Bunratty, Bun Raite in Irish, means the 'bottom' or end of the 'Ratty' river. The first dwellings to occupy the site in 970 were part of a Viking trading camp.
12: Bunratty Folk Park and Walled Gardens ~A glimpse into Irish life in the 19th century~
14: Cliffs of Moher, an utterly breath taking view... As of July 2009, the Cliffs were named one of 28 global finalists in the "New Seven Wonders of Nature".
16: The quaint little village of Adare
17: Adare Manor and Gardens
18: Day 3: Killarney National Park | Enjoying the beautiful scenery of Killarney by taking a horse drawn jaunting car ride through the grounds of the Killarney National Park... | To the majestic 15th century Ross Castle on the shores of Lough Leane.
20: Muckross House and Gardens Amidst the beautiful scenery of Killarney National Park, the house is a focal point and is the ideal base from which to explore its terrain.
23: Hiking through the National Park, admiring the scenery
24: Muckross Abbey, founded in 1440 as a Franciscan Friary, has an exciting and violent history typical of Ireland. | Mystical ruins and a picturesque cemetery overlooking the lake
25: Torc Waterfall Killarney National Park
26: Not a very comforting road sign to start off with... | Narrow roads and speedy oncoming traffic eek! | Lots of winding and some really cool tunnels | Ladies View Lakes of Killarney | Ring of Kerry A 173km scenic drive around Ireland's southwest Iveragh Peninsula
28: The colorful town of Kenmare and other stops along the way | We were lucky that the sun finally shined :)
29: The breathtaking views while driving the Ring of Kerry
30: Dublin | Day 5, 6, & 7
31: A Royal Lunch at The Bank on College Green | This building has been around since the time of the Vikings and was home to the original Bank of Ireland. It has now been transformed into a magnificent restaurant and bar.
32: Grafton Street, with bustling pedestrians and street musicians galore, is Dublin's most popular shopping spot. | Music | Shopping
33: A beautiful park at the top of Grafton Street. | St. Stephen's Green
34: Afternoon Tea at the 18th Century Shelbourne Hotel
35: The vibrant temple bar district in the heart of the Dublin City Centre
36: Trinity College and The Book of Kells
37: Trinity College Chapel, Our Harry Potter looking tour guide, and Amish loving the grass tennis courts
38: Standing on high ground in the oldest part of Dublin and dating back to 1172, Christ Church Cathedral is one of the city's finest historic buildings.
39: Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick's Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where tradition has it Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin.
40: Powerscourt Townhouse - Said to be one of the most unique shopping centers worldwide | Tea and Pastries at The Pepper Pot! | Merrion Square | Famous Oscar Wilde Statue in Merrion Square
41: Built in 1816, this famous cast iron bridge is known as the Ha'Penny Bridge since a toll of 1/2 a penny was charged to cross until 1919.
42: North of the Liffey River | Dublin Tourist Cultural Center | City Hall | D U B L I N
43: Dublin Castle, established in 1240 AD, has always played an important role in Ireland's history
47: 10 Most Memorable Moments "Listening to live traditional Irish music and watching locals Irish dance at Sheehan's Pub in Killarney" - Anku “Having an anxiety attack while sitting in the front passenger seat when riding through the winding roads in Ireland. Thank you Amish for saving me.. by switching with me. Love you!” - Mom "Strolling by Ross's castle in Killarney National Park and the Muckross House gardens were breathtaking." - Dad "Eating fish n' chips at The Bank Restaurant and Bar" - Amish “The breathtaking views of the Cliffs of Moher, even though it was so windy and cold that day, it was difficult to take your eye away from that scenic beauty” - Mom "Afternoon tea and pastries at the bustling Queen of Tarts shop in Dublin right before seeing Dublin Castle" - Anku “Hiking the lush green forest heading towards the Muckross House through the Killarney National Park.” - Mom "Sipping a glass of wine at the Adare Manor Lounge was royal " - Dad "Last Day dinner at The Italian Corner with a view of the Liffey River and live violin music." - Anku "Being called a garbage can and having special meal accommodations made for" - Amish