Ireland was yet another country not on our “round-the-world-trip list” until PapaBarr and Miss Grace (Aaron’s folks) offered to meet us in Dublin. If someone’s inviting us, though, why not!? As luck would have it, almost as soon as we made plans to go, we also were selected for a terrific Irish pet-sitting assignment that fit our dates perfectly! Apparently the luck of the Irish is a real thing because we had an excellent run of good luck with many sunny days and an all-around good time. The blog on Dublin is in the works, but for now let’s head over to the quaint, picturesque town of Adare…actually a little outside of the little town of Adare. If you look at a map, first find Limerick then head west and slightly south to find Adare. We were somewhere around …almost, a little further….riiiiight there!
Adare and There happen to be pretty much the cutest little rural areas. About where you imagine leprechauns might live. But they don’t. The Irish seem very serious about that fact.
In fact, we spent a lot of time looking at cows. Aaron took this video and what happens while the tape is rolling cracks us up. Wait for it, waaaaait…..Enjoy!
MOLLY & SUNSHINE
The whole reason we ended up just outside of the sweet little town of Adare was these two charmers, Molly (the dark one with a tail) and Sunshine (no tail).
We commemorated these two cuties in this here rockin’ video. Trust me it was all synched up until we pressed “save”. We did it twice in fact – Grrr! Freeware, you vex me!
MAP-A-VERSARY ROAD TRIP TO DINGLE
In other super-duper-exciting news – November 6th marked our one-year-on-the-road anniversary! We call it Map-A-Versary. And like every A-Versary, we celebrated with some dessert. Chocolate Dessert. Home baked, in fact! Yum. Travel is always an adventure and baking in a foreign land is no exception. In this case there were no measuring cups. Plus, things are done by weight in Ireland, not volume like in the US. I would “eye-ball” the ingredients and made two pumpkin breads, one chocolate cake and one batch of homemade brownies over the course of two weeks. All of them fantastic, if I do say so myself…and Aaron agreed! Yep, got me some mad baking-by-sight skills.
We also celebrated with a road trip to the coast: Dingle and the Slea Head Drive! Seemed like we just HAD to be on the road for it to be a real Map-A-Versary!
FOYNES FLYING BOAT MUSEUM
At the recommendation of PapaBarr and Miss Grace we added the town of Foynes and the Flying Boat Museum to our outings while pet-sitting. Just twenty minutes to get to a cute town with a quirky museum and walks with fall colors along the River Shannon? Yes, please.
There was a short era before WWII when airlines were trying to figure out how to make profitable commerical trips across the Atlantic. Flight was just in it’s infancy and, for a very short while, float planes called flying boats were used for testing the run. Everything seemed possible and plans formed for a regular airport to be built. Well, you know how this ends – the war breaks out, the airport is never built and the route never takes off. For a few short years though, Foynes was where your float plane landed. It’s a charming little museum and definitely worth the stop.
One more little factoid – Foynes produced and shipped thousands of Confederate uniforms during the US civil war. Who knew?
Closer to home we made a couple of trips to Limerick. The River Shannon runs through the city and they are creating a nice pedestrian walkway while rehabbing the local area. We enjoyed a good dinner there and took in the Limerick Art Hub gallery. Limerick was VERY friendly with an old man stopping to talk us up for no reason. He was a character and was sure that we both have Irish roots, though neither of us believe that. Everyone HAS to, according to him.
Turns out we didn’t take many photos, so this is a decidedly short section. We can say that we had one harrowing experience when a tour bus seemed to be intent on totally crashing into us as we curved to avoid mowing over the horse and buggy going around the round-about in the dark during rush-hour. Really not sure why a horse and buggy insists on being out in rush-hour, but we were both really relieved when it got off the road and drove down the sidewalk instead. The things we get to see on this trip – you can’t make up!
Back near Adare, our housesitting clients rent and sell motorcycles and classic cars. It’s a very cool operation and Chris and Elaine could not be nicer or more fun to work with. We totally think you should check them out when you come this way. RetroVentures Ireland.
While we were there we got to spend a little time “testing” out the vehicles.
Rural Ireland truly was fantastic, especially getting to make more new friends with our lovely house-sit hosts – such a pleasure, Chris and Elaine! We’ll put up a couple posts about our great trip to Dublin soon, so more Irish glory to come…including a whole post on the street art. Sláinte!