The West Coast is the Best Coast

Bobby always says that the “west coast is the best coast” and in Ireland (okay, and in the US) I can agree!  After tackling the whole driving on the left side of the road thing, the four of us – Bobby, me, and my parents – piled into our rental van (yes, we rented a Euro minivan) and we set off for the Irish countryside. It was about a 4 1/2 hour from Belfast to Kylemore Abbey near the west coast of Ireland and we have never seen so many sheep in our lives!  We were not disappointed with the rolling green hills, little while houses dotting the landscape, or the hospitable nature of the Irish people.  From the abbey, we drove south to the famed Ring of Kerry, where we saw more beautiful (and surprisingly very diversified) landscapes.  … [Read More]

“If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough….”

Almost every surface is covered

In accordance with this Irish saying, we are only 1/8 lucky.  Bobby is 1/2 Irish and the rest of us are English (so that is sort of close, right?)  My parents joined Bobby and me on a week-long tour of Ireland, Northern Ireland, and London.  Our first stops were the two largest cities in Ireland and Northern Ireland – Dublin and Belfast.  When people first think of Dublin, they think of Guinness (or at least that’s what I thought of).  Seeing as Bobby and I aren’t big beer drinkers, we decided to forgo the factory tour and instead, take a tour at the Old Jameson Distillery.  Whiskey is a little more Bobby’s style.  In Belfast, we had the pleasure of seeing the brand new Titanic Museum, which is very well done.  We were expecting rainy weather in Ireland since it’s springtime, but the luck of the Irish was with us, with the exception of an hour or two in Dublin…. [Read More]