December’s Photo of the Month comes from Priscilla, a guest that recently returned from the Country Roads of Ireland Guided Vacation.
“My sister and I often talked about how wonderful it would be if we two girls could take a trip together sometime, somewhere. I had never taken a motorcoach tour before but my sister – having had a marvelous experience on Grand European Travels’ National Parks Wonders Guided Vacation – suggested we try the Country Roads of Ireland trip. It seemed appropriate since we have family roots in Ireland and neither of us had ever been there. Although it was a last minute decision to go, we were fortunate enough to secure two seats in the last tour of the season in early October.
Our engaging guide, Patrick Kealy, led us on a fabulous cultural and scenic extravaganza, keeping us entertained with poetry readings and stories while on board the bus. He even surprised us with a whiskey-tasting party on a rocky beach in Waterville. On several occasions, we were reminded that “people don’t come to Ireland for the weather” but rather, for it’s colorful history, it’s lush green landscapes and spectacularly rugged coast line.
Day 7 of the tour was certainly one of the most memorable. It was one of those days when the weather changed around every bend in the twisting road–sunny blue skies quickly giving over to dark brooding clouds before a stunning rainbow would appear on the horizon. Disembarking from the bus in Dingle, we were greeted by a gust of wind and spotting rain which made it easy to head straight away into Harrington’s for a lunch of perfectly crisp fish and chips. By the time we had finished, the sun was shining and the wind had died down.
I was awestruck by the mirror-like calm in Dingle Harbor. The old saying, “If you don’t like the weather now, wait a minute,” certainly rang true in this Irish experience and I loved every changing minute!”
– Priscilla I.