Have you ever dreamed of going to Ireland? I did, and when it finally happened, I hardly dared to close my eyes for fear I’d miss something. Here velvet blue skies flanked rolling green hills, ancient stone buildings hovered on every horizon, and age-old rock walls snaked across the fields. Aside from that, people have remnants of castles in their very own backyards!
From what I understand, these medieval marvels are protected – big fines if you knock one down to make room for your backyard pool – and people in Ireland seem to take all this antiquity in stride. I remember one house in particular which had a laundry line strung from a crumbling castle turret to a tree. There were sheets hanging on the line and cows grazing peacefully nearby. What would it be like to look out your kitchen window at an ancient ruin? I’d love to find out.
Speaking of windows . . .
Here are my contributions for Ludwig Keck’s Monday Windows. These are from several different areas in Ireland.
Bunratty Castle and this traditional thatched cottage are found at Bunratty Folk Village. This is a fun destination near Shannon Airport. Catch the dinner show and sing along.
Not really sure of the location, but a beautiful sight and a lovely – once upon a time – window.
These sunny windows were found at my favorite Bed and Breakfast called Cloneen, in Waterford. Ireland is chock full of charming B & B’s like this one.
In closing, while I loved Ireland and wish I could return, it will probably never happen. But one of the great things about travel is that once you’ve been to an amazing place, you always have the memories.
What’s your favorite travel memory? I know it’s hard to choose but is there one experience or destination that stands out?
Find more fun windows at Ludwig Keck’s site – Monday Windows.