Ireland on My Mind
With less than a week before we board a plane to Dublin, fond images of the Emerald Isle keep flashing in my mind--probably a safety outlet for all of the angst I usually associate with pre-travel details. Whereas I love to travel, the preparation stage leaves a lot to be desired, especially as major airline companies seem so intent on increasing costs while reducing amenities. Yet, this is a small price to pay for the times spent enjoying beautiful sights and other cultures.
During our time in Ireland, we traveled extensively which was always a surprise to local inhabitants who considered a two or three hour automobile ride as a non-negotiable. However our trusted Fiat Stilo faithfully carried us near and far all across an incredibly beautiful island.
The photo carousel begins with Slieve League in County Donegal, reportedly the highest marine cliff in Europe, and concludes with the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The Causeway consists of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns earning it recognition as a World Heritage Site. According to local lore, the Gaelic giant Finn MacCool was challenged to a fight by a Scottish giant named Benandonner. To preserve his giant-hood, MacCool reportedly built the causeway across the North Channel to engage his antagonist. The bout’s outcome will largely depend on which side of the Irish Sea you trace your heritage. As for the Causeway itself, most of the columns are hexagonal with the tallest reaching thirty-nine feet in height. It is truly a unique place.