The last stop on our trip this past summer, was Ireland. After hopping around three other countries, Brian and I decided to keep Dublin as our home base for the duration of our stay. Our hotel was located in Temple Bar, which made exploring the city easy due to its central location. I really loved the laid-back vibe that Dublin had, and what struck me about Ireland as a whole was how friendly the people were, despite how poorly they were treated through history. I have heard the common saying that history books were written by the victors, so it was fascinating to hear bits of Irish history from a different perspective.
Our first big adventure on the Emerald Isle, was taking a tour of the West Coast, so that we could see the Cliffs of Moher, or the cliffs of Insanity for my fellow Princess Bride fans out there. After our adventures renting a car in Scotland, we decided to give the tour bus thing a try. While it was nice to relax on the bus, after the tour Brian and I agreed that we preferred the flexibility and freedom that renting a car offers. As a photographer, I would have loved to shoot the cliffs at sunset, but of course our bus stopped there mid-day. Here are a few of my favorite shots:
On our last morning in the city, we went back to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells (no pictures allowed), and the Long Room of the Old Library (pictures allowed, yay!)
I feel like we really just touched the tip of the iceberg with Ireland, and would love to go back again one day to explore more of the countryside.
As I write the closing words on my last blog post for our travel adventures in Europe, I am filled with yearning to go back. Brian and I got to see many incredible places on our trip, but I could easily have spent more time exploring the rugged Scottish Highlands, the rolling green hills of England, and the lush countryside of Ireland. Until then, I have a week-long road trip up the California Coast and into to Sierra Nevada to look forward to after Christmas. Stay tuned for pictures next year!