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A brisk March wind is blowing where I am and it reminded me of the Irish winds blowing when my husband and I visited Ireland. And since Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, what better post to write about than this?
Not much in life takes me by surprise. Our children are fully grown, so I’ve pretty much seen or experienced it all over the years. We’ve also had some incredibly unforgettable vacations to create a lifetime of memories.
Aside from this online gift store, my husband and I own a maintenance business that consumes every spare moment we have from February through just before Christmas. Because of this, our vacation adventures are limited to the last week of December and the first week of January. Do you know how difficult it is to find travel deals to a warm climate during that time?
We try to go to a new place every vacation and it definitely can’t be a freezing climate! A couple of vacations ago, I stumbled across an incredible bargain for under $1K per person. It had it all! Round trip air fare, upscale lodging for 8 nights in four different locations, a rental car, all breakfasts included, and four guided excursions. And the best part about it was it was to Ireland - somewhere we had never been before.
The trip was purchased in March or April, so I had several months to research, plan, and dream about this once-in-a-lifetime trip. The deeper I dug, the more excited I became. The reviews across the internet never prepared me for the Irish trip of my dreams.
When we landed I was struck by the genuine friendliness of the people. They had a relaxed and familiar demeanor. Driving was a bit of a challenge since they drive on the opposite side of the road from Americans. And there were round-abouts everywhere!
When we got past the airport and car rental terminal, our adventure began. Every site we saw along the roadways was beautiful and breathtaking. I honestly was not prepared for the picturesque landscapes that never seemed to end. My only regret about this vacation was that we didn’t stay longer. And we were there in December when the Irish winds were blowing. I’d love to go back in the spring when it’s even greener (if that’s even possible).
We spent an incredible week in this breathtaking country. Without hesitation, I can honestly say I would live there in a New York second! The sites, the food, the people, and the pace-of-life made Ireland a tough vacation to top! If you ever get the opportunity to visit this wondrous country, jump on it! You’ll regret it if you don’t. If you do go, I hope you will share your experience here with us.