Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
What a lucky day! I have been bemoaning the fact that I lost all of the photos my daughter and I took on our trip to Ireland last summer. We still had the pictures my son took, but he is not as trigger happy as I am. I was searching through my dvds tonight, looking for a powerpoint I had created for my students about the history of Ireland. I thought I had found it when I stuck a disk titled “Ireland – 1” in the computer slot. Picture my surprise, and instant jubilation, when our photos of Ireland showed up! I don’t remember putting the photos on disc, but obviously someone did (son?). I am so grateful.
The three of us had a really good time on this adventure. We had an apartment in Dublin for three days, and we just tromped around, doing all the usual tourist things.
Guinness in the pub:
Gawking at beautiful things:
Then we rented a car and hit the road. We drove across the country to County Galway and a hotel we reserved for a week.
Everyone knows this famous sight:
Kylemore Abbey – the Monastic home of the Benedictine Order of Nuns in Ireland. There is a boarding school there now, but that is going to close over the next few years. I am including a few pictures from the grounds, because usually one only gets that very famous glimpse.
The gardens were gorgeous, as was the surrounding countryside.
We also took drives around and about the area:
Near our hotel were the beautiful ruins of an old church and graveyard. We walked there every evening and took photos, imagined the past, explored, and dreamed.