S: Charlie and Erin go to Ireland & Scotland
FC: May 2010 | Ireland & Scotland
1: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing
2: In November of 2009, it became official... the tickets were purchased and Erin and Charlie were set to go to Ireland & Scotland in May of 2010! Charlie had never traveled outside of the United States, and Erin was dying to visit Ireland again. But... In April, the Eyafjallajkull volcano in Iceland erupted. Because of all the ash, it threatened to ruin our trip. Flights were continuously canceled. And so we sat for an entire month watching the news daily in hopes that our flight would still be a go. And when the day came for our trip to begin... | WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE OFF!! YAY!!
3: We landed in Dublin, and had 2 days to take in the city by ourselves. After that, we took part in a tour that was put together by CIE tours. | Our Trip | Day 1: Tour of Dublin Day 2: Visited the Guinness Factory, had dinner at the Merry Ploughboys Day 3: Stop in Killarney, See the Rock of Cashel, visit Blarney Castle, and kiss the stone of eloquence Day 4: Embarked on the Ring of Kerry, 100 miles visited Dingle Peninsula, stopped at Kells to watch sheep herding, and learned about Christian monks with the Skellig experience. Day 5: Took a ferry across the Shannon River, visited the Cliffs of Moher, and Bunratty castle Day 6: Medieval dinner at Bunratty Castle Day 7: Departed with CIE tours, stayed at a B&B in Shanon overnight and prepared for our trip to Scotland.
4: Erin found chocolate | funny spelling | At Heathrow Airport | In the Air
5: The Bus | Charlie & Palm Trees | Dublin | Sunrise, Dublin
6: St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook
7: The White House of Ireland | Molly Malone | The Park | Bunratty Hotel
8: The Merry Ploughboys
9: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing | Blarney Castle, Co. Cork
10: Kissing the Blarney Stone
11: Climbing up to kiss the Blarney Stone. Who knew it was such a climb up? And who knew that Charlie was afraid of heights? The climb was great, the scenery was beautiful. And kissing the rock didn't take much skill. | (Below) The Rock of Cashel
12: Stuck in Funeral | Kilkenny | Downtown
13: Tree in Swords
14: Skellig Experience
15: The Ring of Kerry, Dingle Peninsula
16: Crossing the Shannon River
17: Cliffs of Moher
18: A beautiful day on top of the Cliffs of Moher
19: Drinking Buddies | Telefon
20: Muckross Gardens
22: Relaxing in Flowers
24: Charlie's best moment in Ireland... Drunker than Drunk at Bunratty's Castle & Medieval Dinner
27: We had... | Lots of Laughs & Lots of Fun
28: After leaving Ireland, Charlie and Erin decided to take off for Edinburgh, Scotland.
29: High Street, Edinburgh
30: They met up with an old friend and former exchange student, Pooh from Thailand who was finishing her masters there at the university. | She showed us around the city, we walked down the royal mile, took a tour of an art gallery and The Royal Botanical Gardens, walked the campus, went to a Japanese restaurant, checked out an old cemetery, and got to eat at Pooh's apartment. | It's good to know that one can remain friends for so long and even though they haven't seen each other for years, they can still pick up where they left off as if they had never left. | It was great getting to see Pooh again, as she hadn't changed a bit. And, even though she was in Scotland... she didn't pick up a Scottish brogue!
32: Enjoying our time with Pooh, at this beautiful place. There were tons of flowers, and gorgeous weather!
33: We even found Erin's initials! LoL! There were tons of them on the ceiling of the inside of one of the buildings at the botanical gardens.
36: Visiting the Cemetery... Eerily beautiful
38: After visiting with Pooh, Charlie and Erin did some wandering around Edinburgh by themselves before hitting up a Rabbies Tour to the highlands.
39: She's in the Guinness Book of World Records | Leave it up to us to find the lady with the most piercings in the world... | And we managed to find her by just wandering... We should wander more often...
41: Who knew climbing Arthur's Seat would be so much fun and lead to us finding Rome! | You can see all of Edinburgh from Arthur's Seat!
43: IRN BRU! | To the left: Scotts Monuement
44: The many things Charlie will not forget about Edinburgh... eating at Imans almost every night, trying haggis, and finding a new drink that he loves and is unable to get back in the U.S.
45: One night, we decided to go on a haunted tour of Edinburgh's underground city. We went on a tour that was put on by Auld Reekie's. It was an interesting experience... Cold, damp, tunnels everywhere... a heaviness in the air, and... a poltergeist room! | On this trip, Erin got to walk into her first poltergeist room. Men and women were to stand on opposite sides of the rooms in fear that the spirits may attack! Thank goodness I survived and I didn't run into this guy ------>
46: Inside St. Giles Cathedral High Street, Edinburgh Built in 1416
47: One of the prettiest pipe organs I've ever seen!
48: Finally! The Highlands!
49: Town of Callendar
50: We traveled up towards Loch Ness, and stopped at some interesting places along the way. Drove all the way up to Inverness, and had lots of fun!
51: The castle from Monty Python and the Holy Grail
53: William Wallace, Braveheart, Monuement
54: Loch Ness
55: WE FOUND NESSIE!
57: Pictures from Edinburgh, Loch Ness, and the town of Calendar
59: And so, Erin and Charlie ate their way through Ireland & Scotland. They had a lot of fun, saw many beautiful places, and met many interesting people along the way. Although their trip is over, they promise to return again. Slán agus beannacht leat!
60: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing | And now... a blast from the past! 2006
61: Blarney | Blarney
62: The things I will always remember... the 4 seasons all at once! Mom and I managed to have snow on our trip!
64: Rock of Cashel and Blarney
65: Rock of Cashel, Tree in Swords, and what looks to be the Isle of Mann
66: Cows on the side of the road.. they were sooo interested in us! The cute pony!
67: Hanging out with the Conways!
70: (Above) The Shannon River (To the Right) A rainbow over Bunratty Castle | Cliffs of Moher
71: Near the Cliffs of Moher
72: By the Burrens
74: Me with a Guinness Mom excited about our luggage!
75: Up by Skye Road in Clifden, Ireland
77: Taking photos out of the car window
79: Lough Gur, Co. Limerick