The Emerald Isle: Another classic travel blog
by Mary Jo
Ironically, yesterday the Mayhem Consultant and I returned from our first vacation in a year and a half: a cruise of the Chesapeake Bay. But I didn't have the time to write a proper blog, so I'm recycling an older blog about a week we spent in Ireland, because who doesn't want to visit Ireland???
The Mayhem Consultant and I sailed from New York to Southampton on the Queen Mary 2 purely to enjoy the leisure and romance of a transatlantic crossing. But once we reached England, we certainly weren’t going to waste being in Europe!
We’d vaguely planned to go to Ireland some day. I’d spent a week there many, many years ago when I was living in England, and the MC had never visited Ireland at all. Clearly, it was time. <G>
Neither the MC nor I have any known Irish blood, but no matter. We loved Ireland for its beauty, wonderful friendly people, and deep sense of history. Rather than ramble on indefinitely, here’s a few bits and pieces, with a modest selection of pictures. (Ireland is a very photogenic country!):
Travel the easy way:
We decided to try something new: instead of hiring a car ourselves, we’d hire a car with a driver/guide to take us around. No stress, and a driver who not only knew the fun, off the beaten track places, but could tell us the history. We worked through an agency recommended by a friend of a friend, and the Ireland Chauffeur Travel company turned out to be a good pick. We worked out an itinerary, rooms were booked, and it worked as smoothly as silk.
We were particularly lucky with our guide, John Daly, Besides being capable, welcoming, and knowledgeable, he’was a certified tour guide with a special expertise in Irish history. Hog heaven for a historical novelist!