We’ve talked about visiting Ireland for years, and this year — perhaps the last chance for a “family vacation” as our daughter is entering her senior year of high school — we decided, despite the weak dollar, to go to Ireland. Dona and Clare wanted to spend 3 weeks there. Dean said 2. So we compromised and were there 2 and a half weeks.
Planning, which fell in to Dona’s hands, was alternately stressful and fun. We wanted to go the self-catering route to save a little money, and Dona eventually found two accommodations that seemed ideal online. At the last minute she also found a third self-catering option in Northern Ireland.
Now that we are back, we can testify that the trip was a resounding success despite the weather (cold and often wet) and the stress of driving and navigating.
We left home July 4 and returned July 23. Dona kept a journal of the trip and this blog is based on that, so most of the reflections come from Dona’s observations.
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