Emily and I have been back from our three week holiday to New York and Ireland for over one month now and I recently realized I have not written about it yet. I guess when you share the highlights of the trip with live people and talk on the phone you tend to lose the ability to write about it as eloquently the more the highlights are repeated, ad nauseam.
This blog will be a quick highlight reel and in the future I will post more blogs regarding specific events, places or people we enjoyed while in Ireland.
Let’s begin at the beginning. We landed at Shannon Airport at 5:30AM on Sunday morning of June the eight, picked up our rental car and drove most of the west coast and southern areas of Ireland for the next two weeks.
We could not have had better weather for the entire two weeks we were visiting. When we landed we had some light rain, and sometimes while we drove we had some rain, but whenever we got out of the car to explore something the sun shone upon us. Since the sun did not set until almost 11PM everyday was packed full of adventures.
We stayed in Bed and Breakfasts the entire trip, never staying one place longer than two nights, and that seemed to work out very well. We met some beautiful hosts and we were able to see a lot of sights within our time limit thanks to their help and advice.
Some of the sights we enjoyed were: The Cliffs of Mohrer, The Aran Islands (more specifically Innisheer), Gallarus Oratory, Listowel Castle, The Blasket Islands, Conor Pass, Brandon Point, Skellig Michael, Rock of Cashel, Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park, Dublin Castle, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Glendalough, Charles Fort, Kilkenny Castle, Muckross House, Ross Castle and Killarney National Park.
The towns we enjoyed (some more than others) were: Doolin, Askeaton, Listowel, Castlegregory, Dingle, Waterville, Kenmare, Sneem, Clonmel, Cashel, Dublin, Kilkenny, Cobh, Bandon, Macroom, Kinsale and Killarney.
Many aspects of Ireland reminded us of Maui. The scenery was very reminiscent of home; the ocean up against the green hills, the beautiful weather, even some of the roads were similar to the road to Hana, but the biggest reminder of Hawai’i in Ireland were the people we met. Everyone we interacted with was pleasant, helpful and full of aloha.
The trip was an adventure I’ll never forget. I hope to share my experiences with you soon.