It's been a few weeks since we returned from Ireland. We had the best time!! Mr. Evans and I are always lucky to travel with my parents. We had our fill of Guinness, Jameson, warm root soups and chowders, brown bread and rainy weather. But, I think we could always stand for more of the lush green countryside, the cozy pubs, the hospitable people, the accents and more.

I finally got around to going through our photos. We traveled all around the southern half of the country, stopping at a new town each day. There was a good mix of rural, urban, oceanside and countryside in our schedule. And although we didn't do a ton of touristy things (by choice), we ate, drank and went with a more low key approach. Don't get me wrong, we saw a ton of beautiful things!! But no, I didn't kiss the Blarney stone! :)

Below I have just a few photos for a taste of our travels. Otherwise, enjoy the video I put together including music from our favorite Gaelic Storm.

Enjoy the video!

Also, if you're wondering and/or looking for a great 7-day Ireland Itinerary... here's ours. My mom and I (and Mr. Evans and my Dad) worked hard to plan everything out.

Friday - Direct red-eye flight from Milwaukee to Dublin.
Saturday - Arrived in Dublin. Dermot (Mr. Evans's friend) met us at the Dublin airport and we drove directly to Whitegate in County Galway. We spent the day and night in the beautiful countryside with his family.
Sunday - After a full Irish breakfast, drove towards Lahinch in County Clare. After a stop at the Cliffs of Moher, we had a seaside lunch watching the surfers. My parents and Mr. Evans then went to play golf at the Old Course at Lahinch and I went to the spa for a river stone massage and facial at Ennistymon. Dinner and pubs followed. We stayed at Vaughan Lodge in Lahinch.
Monday - Drove to Killarney in County Kerry. On the way, we stopped at Adare Manor for lunch and tea. We then drove to Muckross to see the castle and waterfall. In Killarney, we stayed at the Fairview.
Tuesday - Drove to Kinsale in County Cork. We stayed at the Glen Country House a bit outside of Kinsale. It was beautiful and a perfect respite. Cozy fireplace, good wine, great food!
Wednesday - Drove to Dublin, but on the way stopped in at the Rock of Cashel. Had dinner in Dublin at Chapter One restaurant. Delish! In Dublin, we stayed at The Morgan hotel in the Temple Bar district. We also did the Jameson factory before dinner.
Thursday - Spent the day in Dublin - Guinness, Trinity College, lots of walking! We met back up with Dermot and celebrated Arthur's Day.
Friday - Left Dublin mid morning. Slainte!

Of course, I didn't cover the fabulous food and drinks or stories of people we met. As anyone knows who likes to travel, those stories are better left as memories!

However, if you plan to travel to Ireland I will recommend a few things - small umbrellas, scarves, a good camera and Wellies of course!


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