If you’ve been following along on my Facebook page, you no doubt know that Dirk and I just spent a week in Ireland and a week in England. It was an absolutely amazing trip. My mom turned was about to turn 75, and we’d been talking about taking a trip to Ireland for years; when we got word that there would be a big family reunion in London on November 9, we had just the excuse we needed to get off our butts and plan our vacation. Mom and I surprised Dirk on his birthday (September 13) with a plane ticket across the pond, and the three of us left for the Emerald Isle on the day before Halloween.
I’d expected the Irish landscape to be physically beautiful, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. It was stunning. But what I really loved about the country was not the countryside but the people. Everyone we met during our travels from Dublin across to Galway and then down to Limerick were incredibly friendly, engaging, and genuine. We made a ton of friends and will absolutely be back, hopefully soon.
Here are a few of the pictures I took during our trip, as well as a video of a really entertaining musician who impressively plays his pint of Guinness with a spoon, takes a sip, puts it down, picks up a second spoon, and keeps on playing… all as my mom looks on. (Filmed at Taaffes Bar, Shop Street, Galway, Ireland on November 3, 2014.)
Coming soon: Our pics from England!