Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Family Visit and Ireland

Random view from our daily hike from our hotel to town.

My cousin and his wife came to visit me in June and I am just now posting about it. They stayed in my painfully tiny apartment but we made do. Unfortunately being the low person on the totem pole at my job, I didn't get my requested days off and wasn't able to accompany them a lot. They went to Rome and spent a lot of time wandering around Paris by themselves.

View of the Cliffs of Moher

However, we did get to spend a few days in Ireland. Being the savvy traveller (insert laughter), I booked a flight to Dublin. We then took a bus to Galway which is on the other side of Ireland.

Castle on the Cliffs of Moher

Public transportation in Ireland isn't as advanced as other places and the trip took much longer than I had anticipated. We shared the ride with some very annoying people, but after reaching Galway, all misery was mostly forgotten.

View from the Aran Islands and proof of how green Ireland really is.

While in Galway, we took a bus tour to the Cliffs of Moher and then a ferry to the Aran Islands. I was pretty happy with both outings as they were both on my "must see" list. The Aran Island we visited was incredibly fantastic. We rented bikes and road all over the largest of the three islands. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great but the outing was fabulous none the less.

Another view from the Aran Islands.

Overall, the weather was mostly gorgeous and highly unseasonable to the point of when I asked our very knowledgeable bus tour guide if there was any extreme weather in Ireland, he replied, "Yup, this." We had four days of mostly sunny, hot weather.

Picture of Galway city center.

Because the weather was so nice, people were sunning themselves at all times. The above picture shows the place where the locals seemed to enjoy the sun the most. There was a constant "Thank God it is sunny and beautiful" celebration feel to this area with picnics and beer drinking.

Random church at sunset in Galway.

Speaking of beer....Yum! I could really get used to the Irish way of life. They are such fun-loving party goers. Makes me wish I had done a year abroad there!

Old burial grounds and view of the sandstone ground.

This might sound like a really quaint observation, but Ireland is very green. I am pretty happy with my camera but the desire for a better quality camera never hit me harder than when I was in Ireland. I just could not capture all of the beauty with mine!

A real thatched roof house.

Ireland was one of my favorite trips. I hope to go back someday. While I generally like traveling by myself, it was really great sharing the trip with my cousins. It was a first for all three of us!

Picture from a cliff on the Aran Islands. There were no bars around this ledge and people could literally jump off if so inclined. However, throwing rocks off the edge is a strict no-no as some obnoxious boys found out.

I am really glad some of my family came over to visit. I wish everyone had a chance to come. I think my cousins had as good of a time as I did!


Expat Traveler said...

Ang - this sounds so wonderful! And I must show P and it will excite him. We want to go badly but just don't know when that will be yet!

Geggie said...

So great! Looks like a fab trip. There is an Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland, too. The town my dad grew up in is on the mainland, but you can see Arran from his town. Irleand is on my to see soon list.

Beenzzz said...

Ireland is so beautiful. You are so lucky to have seen it!

gmcountrymama said...

WOW those pictures are gorgeous! Ireland looks so beautiful, glad you had a good time. And beer sounds good too.

hellomelissa said...

i NEED to get to ireland, especially after this post.

your photos are fantastic!

Lotus Reads said...

Angela I think you've taken some outstanding pictures of Ireland, you really make me want to go there, it looks so darn beautiful and the green is that beautiful emerald green, such a feast for eyes.

carra said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I am so envious as I'd love to go to Ireland right now and visit my brother! I will have to go there one day and make sure what you siad about the green-ess is true! Great photos!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh my goodness - that looks "loovly!" i have always wanted to go their - I love the music, the beer, the jovial nature...your trips sounds like it was great - I will have to settle for northern Wisconsin (Door County or should I say, "County Door") this year!

Patrick said...

As one of the cousins who got to go, it was indeed wonderful. We had a great time, though of course part of that was due to our awesome host.

Pam said...

Savvy traveller: if you weren't before, you certainly are now! Your post and photos enhance my desire to go there.

I'm so happy that you enjoyed your holiday!

Expat Traveler said...

hey - where did you go? Have you stayed or did you move? It just popped into my head today...

Do at least email me. :)