I just completed a trip to Ireland that I would call “the stuff that dreams are made of.”

As a single woman I was a bit wary of a tour, feeling I might feel a bit isolated or not up to the rigors of the trip, but my fears were totally dispelled by my Wild West excursion.Our tour guide, Michael was one of the most approachable,welcoming and knowledgeable of people. He quickly put me at ease as did all the wonderful, sometimes quirky folks I met along the way. He knew all of them personally and so did we after being welcomed in one kitchen for a cup of tea or in another’s parlor for a little impromptu fiddle music.

My dream had always been to tour Yeats country and the highlight of the trip for me was being on a boat in the rain traveling to Innisfree while the white-haired captain recited poetry aloud with his lilting voice. The locales were breathtaking,the food was fantastic ,and the weather was as changeable as could be. It was often fairly cold outside(this was April after all) but my heart was warmed by the kindness and the gentleness of the people I met. I am so grateful I took chance and so thankful to Trish and Michael. It was life-changing!

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