Not Even a Little Green.
After spending a week exploring the Irish countryside (and basically being followed by the Queen all week long - that woman showed up in almost every city we visited!), my camera is about to explode. We went from Dublin to Galway to Killarney to Cork and back again, driving on the "wrong" side of both the road and the car, and inspired and impressed by the sights we saw. While I mentally recap my vacation with Chris to the Emerald Isle, I have a few thousand visual words to share.
(And it's true what they say - there really are 40 shades of green.)
The best part about the castles and tower houses in Ireland is that they're just scattered all over the place. We'd drive for a bit and then - whoops! - another castle in the distance to explore. These massive stone structures were amazing, with their giant, twisting staircases and sprawling green grounds. (And thankfully, despite the massive amounts of castle-strolling we did, I didn't have a single castle low. Which is good, because I may have had to treat it with mutton, just to keep with the theme.)
A family friend of ours said that many tourists drive the Ring of Kerry on their trip, but he recommended that we skip that and check out the Dingle Peninsula. Which we did, and the scenery was absolutely spectacular, like the above photo of the coastline.
Or this one, taken on Inch Beach.
Or this one of the fields. (Chris and I were talking about how a single picture doesn't do the landscape of Ireland any kind of justice. It's hard to fully capture how this image just went on and on for as far as we could see. Amazing.)
It was a relaxing trip, with lots of beautiful scenery and very little access to the Internet. We called home twice a day to check on the little Bird (who was with my mom for the week - my mom rocks) and checked email only twice (which is a big thing for me, seeing as how my inbox is both my favorite thing and the utter bane of my existence). Instead of being tied to the Internet and worried about all things worky, we focused on celebrating our third wedding anniversary and exploring the countryside of a country we'd never seen before. I'm so glad we went. It was gorgeous.
Of course, there are like 500 photos on Flickr, if you have the urge to peruse a pile of greenery. :)