To Ireland! The Cliffs of Moher, where the Atlantic wind and waves meet the first resistance!
I blew into Ireland in mid-February via Aer Lingus to Shannon Airport. We arrived one hour early due to tail winds. The landing was a bit hairy!
My first week was spent in the company of some Lucky Girls. This travel service, for women only, is run by Maureen McFillin. She spent her summers in Ireland from age 5-16 years, and has travelled there many, many times since 1979. It is an opportunity to get away from it all and have a good time - the girls week out!
We were based in Feakle Cottages in County Clare.
This is a complex of "Holiday Homes" managed by a delightul Irish lady. Saw up close and personal thatched roofs and enjoyed peat fires.
A view from the front door of my cottage.
Keep in mind this was February! The colors were lovely. The day I arrived there were gale force winds - I was blown around the corner of the cottage. There were many days of gale force winds!
Each day started with: up quickly in the morning, out to the van, a loud toot if you didn't make on time! Our fearless leader was always at the ready! My chariot awaits!
This van travelled many miles throughout the week. We shared the roads with other species. You may notice that the roads were not wide, the boreens less so, and the animal traffic seemd not a bit concerned with our motor vehicle.
The sheep jumped onto the ring road
of the Dingle Peninsula.
The cattle were near the town of Gort.
We visited Durty Nelly's for lunch on the day of arrival, and Bunratty Castle for a Medieval Banquet on the next day.
The river next to the pub shows the wind on the water. This is a video grab, and the original has the gale wind sound effects.