Day 6 ~ On Top of the World A heat wave has hit Ireland this week, and I’ve managed to acquire a bit of a sunburn…and I’m having the time of my life on the Clare-Galway-Connemara Tour! Today I realized a long-held dream. I took a journey to the top of the world, the edge
Day 5 ~ A Spiritual Journey A scorcher in the Wild West of Ireland today, as the country enters a heat wave and I headed out upon a journey of spirituality and self-discovery. Stony outcrop of the Burren, stones in every fertile place.~ John Betjeman The Burren (Boireann) means “great rock,” and that’s exactly what
Day 4 ~ From Sweeping Romance to Gritty Reality and back again Another fabulous day with Wild West Irish Tours that brought out the romantic in me! Our first stop was the “Quiet Man Bridge,” where John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara played out the loves scenes in the movie. What an incredibly lovely place, full
Day 3 ~ History and Old Hollywood A lovely day for a cruise…and that’s exactly what we did! We left our B&B early and drove through gently-rolling, sheep-dotted hills, while the clouds chased the sun and the sun chased back in a wind-blown game of “Catch me if you can.” There is no sky quite
Day 2 ~ A Feast of History and Inspiration The sun shone brightly on the second day of my Clare-Connemara-Galway tour. We got an early start and headed to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and it turned out to be a treasure trove of history of the best kind—the way people really lived in both
Day 1 ~ The Adventure Begins My Clare-Connemara-Galway tour started out with a bang, filled with history, fascinating details that only locals would know, and just a wee bit o’ Irish mist. First stop: The charming market town of Ennis, in Clare. Toured the Clare Museum, a wonderful, hands-on place that features 6000 years of
On the Eve of an Adventure I’m about to embark on a grand adventure, and I feel almost like one of my own romance novel heroines! Tomorrow marks the beginning of my Wild West Irish Tour of Clare, Connemara and Galway, and I am psyched. The West of Ireland is near and dear to my
Genetic memory. It’s a popular concept these days, with so many of us searching for our ancestors. Ancestry, 23andMe, and MyHeritage are just a few examples of DNA testing services that can tell us who we are and where we come from. And naturally we feel a connection with our ancestors, wherever they hail from.