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Branching Out of Dublin

I took my aunt on an excursion of Kilkenny and Glendalough (pronounced Glen-dah-lock) partly because I hadn’t seen it, and partly because I wanted to show my aunt how beautiful and different all of Ireland can be. For being so small, this country sure is diverse!

Kilkenny Castle. Inside, reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey.
Kilkenny Castle. Inside, reminded me a lot of Downton Abbey.
Breweries everywhere in this country.
Breweries everywhere in this country.
Down the "Medieval Mile" - the backbone of Kilkenny for ages.
Down the “Medieval Mile” – the backbone of Kilkenny for ages.
The first sink! At least, that's what our tour guide claimed.
The first sink! At least, that’s what our tour guide claimed.
Up in the Wicklow Mountains.
Up in the Wicklow Mountains.
Up in the monastery established by St. Kevin, a hermit (and my kind of guy).
Up in the monastery established by St. Kevin, a hermit (and my kind of guy).
I can see why St. Kevin never wanted to leave this place.
I can see why St. Kevin never wanted to leave this place.
Up in Glendalough. A real lake in the mountains!
Up in Glendalough. A real lake in the mountains!
Rounded off the night with some flash and Shepherd's pie.
Rounded off the night with some flash and Shepherd’s pie.

It was the first day all week that it actually wasn’t perfectly sunny, but these places felt magical nonetheless. The tour overall was good for people who want a quick getaway out of the city (these places are just an hour from Dublin), though they gave us three hours to explore Kilkenny, which was so tiny it easily could’ve been done in two minutes. And my glutes hurt from all the walking. And I maybe got whiplash from sleeping upright in the charter bus on the rocky roads. Okay, enough rambling. Have I convinced anyone to trek it to Ireland yet?

Cheers,

Monique

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One thought on “Branching Out of Dublin

  1. I LOVE THE QUICK GET-A-WAYS! I wonder how many people from Dublin actually explore the rest or Ireland? It’s so beautiful and rich in nature. So glad to finally see a picture of Shepherd’s Pie. For being in Ireland so long, is this your first real Irish Shepherd’s Pie? I think in your honor, I will make it for us for dinner tonight!

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