Monday, August 2, 2010


We just returned from 2 weeks in Ireland. It was both exhilarating and exhausting. The entire country is 170 miles wide and 310 miles long - roughly the size of Maine. But the roads! The roads near the bigger cities (Dublin, Cork, Derry) are 2- and 4-lane "motorways" and are wide enough so that you don't feel like you're going to smash side view mirrors. But everything else, especially all the coastal roads, are unbelievably narrow with so many twists and blind curves that it makes for a very traumatic and slow-going experience. We toured nearly the entire country, driving almost 1700 miles! I wouldn't do that again.

The people are very open and friendly and the landscape is beautiful beyond words. And when the sun comes out - wow - it's magical. I took over 1400 pictures! Here are a few from the beginning of our trip...

Sunrise on the Sheepshead Peninsula:

The coast of Sheepshead Peninsula:

And what would Sheepshead Peninsula be without sheep?

More to follow...!


  1. Beautiful images, Mitzi. I look forward to seeing more. I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves. I know those roads, they have to be experienced to be believed, right. And imagine those motorways are NEW. I won't drive in Ireland. I'm terrified.

  2. Experienced to be believed is EXACTLY right! I was so traumatized the first morning that I refused to ride in the front passenger seat for the rest of the trip! Of course, driving on the OTHER side of the road was an adjustment and I was severely sleep deprived which only heightened my jumpiness but, man, it was rough :)