Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Adventures In Ireland - Part I

Being back in Ireland was a dream come true. It is definitely one of my favourite places on earth and we are both so thankful for the opportunity to make some new memories there together. We had an absolutely wonderful time!

We arrived in the evening on Wednesday and after we settled into our hotel we walked to The Brazen Head Pub which is the oldest pub in Ireland and enjoyed a pint of Harp Irish beer, traditional Bangers & Mash and live Irish music. Not a bad start. ;)

Live Irish music at The Brazen Head Pub

Our first full day in Ireland Jared had to give his talk at the conference (the REAL reason we were there) so I was on my own for the day. It rained off and on all day but I did manage to get some pictures and also did some shopping. :) 

Dublin Castle

St. Patrick's Cathedral

pretty scarf I bought at the local street market

The story goes that all of the doors in Ireland are different colors so that when the men come home from the pub they will know which door is theirs by the color. HA!

our first leprechaun sighting

The next day Jared and I headed away from the city and towards the Cliffs of Moher. We booked a night in a little Bed & Breakfast not far from the Cliffs. It was really charming. Her husband is a fisherman so she had everything decorated with a nautical theme. It was quiet and cozy. The perfect retreat. And we had traditional Irish Breakfast in the morning...WOW...was it yummy!

B&B where we stayed the night

Traditional Irish Breakfast at the B&B

We got to see the Cliffs of Moher at sunset and that experience was one that could never be accurately captured on camera but I did take some photos. It was definitely the most memorable part of our trip.

Cliffs of Moher at sunset

Cliffs of Moher at sunset

Jared & I in front of the Cliffs of Moher

I was so at peace here. Looking out at this vast and boundless beauty really put my perspective on God. This verse came to mind: "He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea.... By his breath the skies become fair.... And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! How then can we understand the thunder of his power?" (Job 26:7-9, 11-14)

The drive through the countryside was beautiful as well. I took a few, what I like to call, "drive by's" from the car window. We had a sunny drive there and then in the morning it was really foggy.

Irish countryside

more Irish countryside

Irish pasture

foggy morning in Ireland

notice we had to drive on the left side of the road....Jared drove like a pro though! :)

Check back for PART II of our adventures in Ireland.....

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