Two years ago, my then 18 year old son accompanied his eighty three year old grandmother to Ireland for a nineteen-day bus tour. This was one of her top things on her travel bucket list and as an elderly woman she did not want to travel alone. My son was a bit apprehensive at first, knowing nothing about Ireland, but quickly fell in love with country. I know that the legal drinking age of eighteen certainly helped! He came home a true and true Guinness lover! We are still constantly reminded that in Canada Guinness is definitely NOT served at the proper temperature!
During his trip I heard daily of his outings and watched through his pictures the true beauty of the country. I lived vicariously through his trip and vowed one day to be as lucky as him to see the beauty that Ireland has to offer. My husband loves Jameson whiskey (a bottle did come home as a gift..lucky hubby) and one of his places he would love to see would be the Jameson Distillery and truly experience it all firsthand. In looking at my son’s trip I have fallen in love with the Giant’s Causeway. Such a remarkable land formation that I am sure can really only be appreciated in person. This is a must visit for me! What would a trip to Ireland be without a visit to the Blarney Stone! I may need some assistance getting back up, but I am sure the sight of that will give all around a good chuckle! Since I have a love for castles I would be in my glory…I wouldn’t even know where to start! The Blarney Castle of course, Bunratty…another must. The Ashford Castle…oh the beauty. I would have such a difficult time choosing which to see! I think I could spend an entire month just touring castles. I guess I would have to plan my days to the fullest, enjoying my surroundings and the wonderful people of Ireland. I have heard that pubs are the official sunblock of Ireland…my husband will be thrilled! In addition to loving Jameson Whiskey…Guinness is his beer of choice! What would be better than to sit in an authentic Irish Pub, enjoy and Irish beer and eat some magnificent Irish food. The Guinness Stew I have heard is to die for! Oh, and the Irish Brown Bread…warm out of the oven..sounds like heaven! Of course no trip to Ireland would be complete without a serving of bangers and mash. An Irish coffee just might be required to finish off such a meal. I can smell it all now..Good thing there is a lot of walking to do in Ireland because by the sounds of it I may just put on a few pounds.
I know it would be impossible to see everything. The Cliffs of Moher was another spot my son loved visiting. It would be hard to know if I should follow his path through Ireland or just create a totally new one of my own. So much of what he saw I would love to see, but there are other places that he did not visit that also intrigue me. The Marble Arch Caves would be one of these places and the Christ Church Cathedral as well. So much to see..I can only hope that I am fortunate enough to win this contest and finally see Ireland through my own eyes. Hopefully the luck of the Irish will be on this Polish girl’s side!
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