India is a hard act to follow. Maybe Ireland is an unlikely choice, but it is our choice.

We need less poverty, less heat and fewer people, and Ireland delivers all of that in spades.

Ireland is green and beautiful, and when I say “green”, I mean REALLY green:2221 Ireland beautiful countryIt gets that way because it rains, and when I say “rains”, I mean REALLY rains. And when it is not raining it is just grey and overcast. And when it’s grey and overcast the people tell you how lucky you are to be there during the nice weather.

The locals tell me that when you can see the mountains in the distance (there are no mountains, just hills, but the Irish are prone to exaggeration) it is going to rain. When you can’t see the mountains it is already raining.

We are taking nine days to travel the north east coast. The tourist flock to the west coast and leave this part of the country to the sheep of which there are many, and the local inhabitants of which there are few. The country is rugged and wild, roads are few and far between and there is no railway. Tiny stone villages built with a grey stone to match the sky, cling desperately to the rocks surrounding any inlet where a harbor can be built for the local fishing boats

2275 fishing port

Getting anywhere takes hours longer than you imagine. The main roads are narrow and twisting. The side roads are narrower:

2225 narrow road

Stopping for a tea break is not always possible, unless some enterprising gent decides to open up shop on a road less traveled:

2222 far out cafe

And even then the choice of sandwiches does little to get the taste buds going:

2213 chicken and butter sandwich

But before we reached this area, there was Dublin. We flew into that fair city and found it to be enchanting. A small lively city, with not one highrise building. Instead it is full of stylishly beautiful Georgian terraces, pubs from a similar period lovingly cared for, and flowers. The city is a riot of color with flowers planted everywhere possible:

2143 Dublin pubs and flowers

Dublin is also home to the Guinness Brewery where they brew 4 million pints of the dark liquid every day. Three million of those pints get exported. I leave it to you to say where the other 1 million pints go, but please remember the total population of Ireland is only 4 ½ million.

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28 Responses to Ireland

  1. Odilo Correia Lima says:

    Don’t forget to go to the Museum of Butter in Cork.

  2. Bas says:

    Chicken and butter? That’s the first time I’ve seen butter given billing in the description of a sandwich. I’m surprised the bread didn’t get a mention too.

  3. robert says:

    Happy to know you are still on the move, looking forward to more.

  4. Dale & Arthur says:

    We are in Vancouver, where the legends and rumors of you two still linger in the tawdrier parts of town. We expect the same will be true by the time we follow your trail to Ireland. Enjoy.

  5. Char Bailey Crowe says:

    Ahhh, the magnificent photos and enthralling descriptions. I had to read it twice! Lovely (and funny).

  6. Colette says:

    So happy to hear from you 🙂 – good choice, northeast – just watched a video of my brother and nephew in Western Ireland surrounded by droves of “visitors” (they were ALL on a rope bridge – my palms are sweaty just writing about it) – HAVE FUN!

  7. Jean Skinazi says:

    Talking about exotic……:-( you better be funny:-)

  8. Tim and Jonathan says:

    My grandmother was from Cork, so I’m mighty disappointed that you are missing that lovely, wet and grey city. Finally we are on the same continent – in Italy, where it is very green due to lots of rain. From the Australians (your favourites nationality).

  9. Carol says:

    Another adventure! Thanks for taking us along.

  10. awc49 says:

    I can’t wait to read about how many pints of Guinness certain people consumed! Sandwiches made me homesick! Dublin’s always been on my bucket list… glad you are having fun!

  11. Nancy whitley says:

    We are in Italy with our own abundant quantities of rain, which we did not expect (nor apparently did the Italians because they are complaining).

  12. Phyllis Klocek says:

    Guess what … can’t see the mountains and it is windy and pouring rain … lightening and thunder … lovely Sunday afternoon!
    Phyllis and Sylvia, Palm Springs, Ca.

  13. D & D says:

    Glad to be along for your travels …. Always on the road less travelled

  14. Wow ireland is beautiful… lovely pictures !!

  15. JD Arnold says:

    Chicken & butter sandwich – a gourmet delight! I heard Dublin now has great restaurants and is more expensive than London – is that true? Love your blogs!

    • andrew says:

      Thanks JD. Dublin certainly has good restaurants and they are definitely right up there in price. Not sure that they top London in quality or price, but the City is well worth a visit. But what we have to remember is that we were lucky enough to see it when it wasn’t raining. It rains A LOT in Ireland and nowhere seems as nice when it is wet and miserable!

  16. Jenny says:

    So glad to see the blog back, enjoy the rest of your journey in Ireland. Can’t wait to see you both next week in sunny Brighton (well, it’s actually raining this morning!)

  17. M.J.Simmons says:

    I was wondering when WE were going on another trip. Yeah, I said WE, feels like
    I am along with you.

  18. jenni CATLOW says:

    We loved Dublin Guinness too.
    I ONLY HAVE TWO BLOGS did I miss something.

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