The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

In 1997, we took a trip to Ireland. It was our first official trip as couple. It was also the start of many more trips that we would take during our 20 years together.

Our trip started a little rough when our plane from Miami International was found to have mechanical problems. We missed our connecting flight out of Atlanta but we were able to catch a flight out from Miami on Aeroflot Airlines. Yes, the Russian airline.

We were a little dubious but they put us in Business Class and we had a most delightful trip. Of course, we could not understand a word the flight attendants were saying but we managed. I remember the movie was in Russian. The food was delicious. We were only 2 of 4 people in Business Class. And when Tom asked for Bourbon, the flight attendant had no idea what he said. Finally he said Vodka and she brought out a huge selection of vodkas. It was great.

We flew into Shannon airport to meet up with Tom's mom and brother. Then we drove to Scariff. We had rented a little farmhouse in this tiny town. It was fantastic. We took days trips from our little house. We visited Adare, the Cliffs of Mohr, The Burren and other places. We then drove into Dublin for a few days.

The Irish were wonderful. Ireland was beautiful. And I would go back there in a heartbeat. It was one of the best trips ever. This is only a sampling of pictures. I had so many I couldn't find the time to scan and then post them. Enjoy my memories.

"Our house" In Scariff. 

We have over 30 pictures of sheep. They weren't as cute as they usually look on TV. They were actually quite dirty but I loved seeing them though. I am only posting one picture though! 

We went on a fishing excursion. I had never gone fishing on a boat before. It was great fun. Tom caught a fish I didn't. We had a wonderful fishing guide, Tim. He was so much fun and so interesting. I remember we had a nice lunch and we got to see so much of the area we 
were staying at. The River Shannon was amazing. 

We visited so many places. This was over 16 years ago, so I do not recall the names or places except for several places. In these first pictures, we had been traveling around and came to this church. That huge tower was really high up but I climbed it. The funny thing is I did the WOO thing before I had the screamy girl as my mascot. LOL

We visited random castles and they were great. I loved the history in Ireland. And driving around the countryside was amazing. In a strange way, it reminded me of Costa Rica but cold. 

We went to a town called Adare and all the houses were made with thatched roofs. It was one of the most absolutely beautiful places ever. So cute but I remember it had tons of tourists like us. But it was magical walking down the street and looking at these cute house! 

One day we drove out to The Burren and the Cliffs of Mohr. I also remember us stopping at a farm to get fresh cheese. OMG, it was great. The Cliffs of Mohr pictures to not do justice to the place. It was breathtaking. 

We went into Dublin for a few days and it was great. It was a little freaky though because we had been in the countryside for days and then to go to the big city was jarring. But Dublin was amazing.


  1. what lovely visit you had,,your pictures are amazing

  2. What a trip! It looks absolutely beautiful.

  3. Wonderful trip and excellent pictures. My friends went to Ireland last fall and loved it.

    slehan at juno dot com

  4. How amazing, this post should be in a magazine! I love the homes in Ireland! A pal from Ireland said I should move there, these pictures sure make it look inviting, but I can tell you for sure I wouldn't be able to climb up that tower!!!!!

  5. It looks absolutely beautiful. What a fantastic trip!

  6. Wow what a beautiful place. You make me want to go now!

  7. This looks like a fun trip! My parents went to Ireland in 1997 and absolutely loved it. It sure is a beautiful country.

  8. I've always wanted to visit Ireland. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures!