St. Patrick’s Day Contest Entry: Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing

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Okay, so I have to be totally honest. I don’t have an epic tale that will leave you mesmerized about how I developed a deep love for Ireland. Sorry. It’s simply this; my love of Ireland comes from film.

Yes, I love movies, well at least the good ones. So whether it was the suspense of Fezzik climbing the Cliffs of Insanity in the unforgettable Princess Bride or the epic scene of Dumbledore and Harry Potter gazing at the Cliffs of Moher on that solitary rock or better yet the wide expanse of lush green plains in King Arthur; my bucket list got one item longer and it read “Ireland – you need to go!”
My travels have always been a memento to the awe and beauty of Ireland. I must admit that I’ve only been able to capture the essence of Ireland. You see, traveling from the Caribbean all the way over there to Europe can leave one’s pockets numb. But I believe Marvin Gaye said it best “Ain’t nothing like the real thing.”
My most memorable memento would be when my studies took me to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. I was fooled by its small size not knowing that it was big on adventure. So it wasn’t long before I was escorted to the Black Rocks to receive the thrill of a lifetime. The breath-taking cliffs that face the vast expanse of the Atlantic left me in awe. I’m sure the other visitors thought me a mad woman but I couldn’t contain myself. It was as if I had been standing in the grandeur of the Cliffs of Moher or even on the precipice of the Aran Islands. But I still imagine – Ain’t nothing like the real thing.’
I can’t forget driving along the South Peninsula of St. Kitts, the road narrowly ascends a hilly terrain to capture majestic views of the low lying plains and the Atlantic Ocean. Well? Have you guessed its counterpart as yet? Yes, the Ring of Kerry came rushing to my imagination as I smelt the crisp unspoiled air but, – Ain’t nothing like the real thing.’
I could go on and on about the numerous adventures that have provoked the sensation of being – immersed in the spirit of Ireland. ‘These places have transported me to the Stone Fort of Grianan of Aileach, the medieval castles and even the woodland in the Forest Parks. But, you guessed it – Ain’t nothing like the real thing.’
The Authentic Ireland experience for me goes beyond the essence of Ireland. I want to be steeped in a new culture that stands in its own class. I want to experience first-hand the sights, sounds, smells and taste that have people flocking to this destination year round. I want to dance with the locals and sing to folk songs again and again. I want to watch the sheep roam freely and then salivate over Irish Lamb stew for dinner. I no longer want to dream it, I want to live it. I want unforgettable memories that I can share with excitement for a lifetime. I want an adventure that will no doubt influence my exploits for the future. So that’s it! I’ve already packed my leprechaun – let’s go!Although often overlooked, Ireland has a rich and great film history, from old classics like John Ford’s The Quiet Man to Modern Hits like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. If you’re a movie lover, you’re bound to see a number of familiar locations when you take a trip to Ireland. Whether you visit County Cork where Moby Dick was filmed, or one of the great Ireland Castles such as Trim Castle featured in Braveheart – You can feel like a movie star all over Ireland.

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