Day 12: Blarney Castle, Kinsale, and the Ring of Beara

It was a chilly day when we visited Blarney Castle, but trees on the grounds were bursting with spring blossoms.  The castle, built in 1446, is the third to be situated on the site, the first being a wooden structure dating from the 10th century. The 13th century keep...

Discovering Dublin: Day 2, Part 2

What’s a trip to Ireland without a taste of Irish whiskey? Newcomer to the field, Teeling Whiskey Distillers in Newmarket was the perfect spot to get a first hand look at the brewing process. Our guide led us through the steps, explaining the how barley is...

Discovering Dublin: Day 2, Part 1

The National Museum of Ireland–Archaeology is located on Kildare Street, as was our hotel, making it an easy first stop of the day. There I found artifacts from prehistoric Ireland and Viking times, including tools and works of gold, bog bodies, and a replica of...

Discovering Dublin: Day 1

St. Patrick’s, the Church of Ireland’s national cathedral, was closed by the time we arrived from the airport yesterday. We’ll return today, but still enjoyed reading about it on a plaque in the lovely park across the way from it. According to...

Leaving on a Jet Plane

I first heard “Leaving on a Jet Plane” performed by the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary. Over the years it was recorded by others, including Frank Sinatra, but perhaps no one as close to its meaning as John Denver, who  wrote the lyrics. Here’s a...

I Married Adventure

Years ago my sister-in-law gave me a book called I Married Adventure. Tell me something I don’t know, I thought, when I saw the title. I suppose I was going through a bit of a bump in the relationship road with her brother, which, since we normally have an...

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