Aug 01 2013
Ireland was really great. I really enjoyed it and have made up my mind that I need to go back. With the exception of the fact that the Union Jack was not in its rightful place flying over the buildings of Dublin-its a great place to visit.
As an aside-I have never understood the whole division of Ireland and Britain. From a logical standpoint, it would make better sense if all the British Isles were under one government. I do understand the 1000 years of history and the way the British slighted the Irish and all that, but the thing is, the Irish seem to have more in common with the British than they realize. Then again-they seem to have reached an accomodation of sorts now-and actively trade with one another. And on a positive note-Ireland has been able to avoid getting sucked into the overseas adventures that the British have-so maybe they are on to something.
I'll post a more detailed travelog this weekend. I'm pressed for time this evening.
Here are a few pictures though. We spent two nights in Dublin, and two in Galway-where, as it turns out, was having its Race Week. Wish I had known that before we left, I would have considered staying longer.
For you Quiet Man fans ( of which I am one) here is the stone bridge from the opening scenes of the film:
The library above the Book of Kells-Trinity College.
At the Cliffs of Moher
Downtown Dublin on O'Connel street:
The Benedictine Abbey in Conomara.
More to follow!