I am going to do all the things I've said I will.
It just takes so much longer to do it than I want/hope/plan.
So before life distracted me from these posts I like to make, I was telling you a little bit about the trip to Europe Hannah and I took after she graduated from high school in 2011. We had arrived in Dublin and taken a unbelievably gorgeous day trip into Wicklow.
We wandered around Dublin for a while in the morning, and then found our way to the train station. We were to travel across the country to Galway on the west side.
I loved taking the train and watching Ireland go by. We were meeting one of Danny's friends in Galway, and trying to get the cell phones to work in another country in 2011 was pretty tricky. We found each other at the train station though. We were staying at different B&Bs, but he walked us to ours first to make sure we found it.
The evening was pretty weird though. Gene had friends who lived there, so we met with them, and then wandered around downtown Galway in the rain looking for somewhere to eat. For a long time. I was trying to communicate that the diabetic girl really needed to eat. Like anywhere. Except - I had also mention when we first made dinner plans that she's allergic to seafood. I've learned to say that a few times because people forget. But people finally agreed on someplace, it was 100% seafood. So we kept looking. I can't even remember how this place was chosen or where it was. We were sleepy and hungry and damp, but the food was pretty good and eventually we made it "home" for bed.
We met up with Gene for a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher, and a few other ancient places. Our first stop was at these ruins of a church and graveyard.
It was nice, and the view was amazing. It was so peaceful and gorgeous. It set a great tone for the day.
The Burren is a fascinating area. It's covered with flat limestone but full of cracks and breaks and various sized stone. I am so glad I was able to see it in my lifetime.
We stopped at a pub for some grub after that. We didn't have much time to wander around, but this stream was just across the way.
After lunch, the cliffs.
I can't even say what's so great about these cliffs. They're gorgeous of course, and nice to just stare at. They feel good. They're one of Ireland's top tourist spots, so I guess there's just something about them.
Oh also, if you're a Princess Bride fan (and seriously, why wouldn't you be) you might recognize this as the Cliffs of Insanity. Remember when Fezzik has to carry everyone up the cliff because it's inconceivable that anyone else could climb it? Yeah. That's these cliffs.
I signed us up for this trip because I wanted to see the Cliffs of Moher (and of Insanity), but Poulnabrone was easily the best part of the tour. The landscape is like the Burren, but there are burial spots scattered throughout. It felt really special to me. People's remains from 4000BC were found in the top tomb. Can you even imagine how long go that was, or what life was like then? I can't but man I want to. The tomb was left alone for thousands of years after that, but in the bronze age, someone placed a baby just inside the entrance.
Our last stop was at this fairy ring. They are lying about everywhere in Ireland. I was definitely impressed how much that sense of magic still seemed to be in their every day lives. Hannah and I tried hard to act right inside the ring so we wouldn't get cursed.
All of these photos were taken with a Nikon CoolPix s6000.
If you'd like to check out the rest of this trip...
Let's go back in time and space to 2011 in Europe
We spent a night on Inis Mor