June 20th, 2000 (a tuesday...at 7pm) my cousin Kerry
and I boarded Aer Lingus out of Newark and hopped
over to Ireland... landing there on June 21st, 2000...
which just so happened to be my 30th birthday.
I had been wanting to go over there forever, and what
better way to forget that i was entering another
decade than to enter another country?!
landed in Dublin
and stayed there for 2 days and nights...
then we headed down to Cashel
in Co. Tipperary (the county our family is from)
there one night, then headed south to Kinsale
in Cork - stopping along the way to kiss the Blarney
Stone... YES, i have heard the tales of the
locals that find it amusing to pee on it at night...
but hey, i flew 8 hours over here, and i sure as
heck know that i have kissed
worse in a bar...
was a blast for two days. We took a scenic drive
over to Old
Head and then we wound up hiking around Sheepshead
Peninsula for what seemed a day. My Lord, it
was gorgeous there, with a woman that had a tin
shack that she served the best tea and scones
with black currant jam.... oh it was delish!
was on the way to where we stayed for 2 days in
and there we ventured forth on the jaunting
carts, saw the Torc
Waterfall. Wow. Also, we circled round the Ring
of Kerry and went to Valencia Island... really
wonderful grotto in a quarry there.
Muckross we meandered up to Galway
Galway was great fun...from what i remember. Stayed
there for 2 days as well before heading out to Clifden
where we also did some pony trekking on
the beach! First time back on a horse since
my car accident in 1987... that's the way to get
back in the saddle. Really keen.
we were only in for one night, then it was off to
for the last two days of our trip. I was secretly
plotting how I could lose my plane ticket home and
kicking myself for not bringing my portfolio. Whilst
there, of course we went to the Cliffs
of Moher... *phew*...*sigh*... that's the cliffs
pretty much in summary... no words to describe them...
it was back home to Jersey City... which seemed
to be lacking the green BEFORE i had left, and now
was in a drab state...(not saying NJ is a drab state....
not at all...that's something to discuss another
most photos show me wearing a bandana. come on...
it was comfy over there...