Sunday, April 20, 2014

The Emerald Island - Ireland

Hi Friends! It's been a crazy month...and it's still going. I recently took a lovely trip to Ireland with the hubs. Ireland has always been on our bucket list, so off we went! I thought it would be almost the same as jolly ole' England, but its completely different. The beer is not warm, almost all pubs have live music, not as fast-paced, the food portions are huge (we gained 5 pounds each), and you can experience all four seasons in one day (rainy, sunny, windy, cold..I'm not kidding)!

We stayed in Dublin for the entire trip and took a lovely day trip to The Wicklow mountains on the "P.S. I Love You"(yes, the movie!) tour. I think the hubs enjoyed it, not! We saw beautiful rolling hills, Lake Guinness, a Monastic Church with two lakes, and the Avoca Mills.

Here are the beautiful and fun places we visited. Enjoy!!!!

Avoca water mill, Avoca, Ireland
The River Liffey, Dublin, Ireland

The husbands favorite place, Temple Bar Pub, Dublin, Ireland

Guinness Storehouse, Guinness Beef Stew Dublin, Ireland

Guinness is a big deal in Ireland. Everyone and their mama drinks this stuff. We drank Guinness almost everyday. I couldn't handle full pints so I downsized to half pints instead.

Monastic Site, Glendalough, Ireland
Avoca Mill, Avoca, Ireland

This was the highlight for the day tour, The Avoca Mill. They still hand weave Irish wool from sheep, dye them bright colors, and make blankets, totes, scarves, and more! We were able to tour the mill and see the weavers in action.

Queen of Tarts Tearoom, Dublin, Ireland
This was lovely spot in Dublin. Cobbled streets and food markets were upon this way. We even had a yummy Irish Coffee!

Trinity College, The Long Library

Trinity College is the oldest college in Ireland. It houses the largest library, The Long Library, with 5 million books and counting. The old relic The Book of Kells is here. Truly amazing!

Mr. Bear and me!

I hope you had fun viewing my trip to Ireland. I'm off and away to another island but this time, East....I'll be back soon, and this time, I'm coming back with 3 suitcases full of Japanese fabric for my upcoming shows! Yay!

Your friend,

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