This is my very first blog post!(!!!) I have always been interested in blogs and have read many on fashion and traveling, but was unsure how to start one. So, I decided that since we will be embarking on a 2 week journey to Ireland, what a better time to start!
There is so much to do when traveling abroad, getting passports, updating passports, packing, deciding on the right time to go, and making the decision to actually go. My husband, Matt and I have been married for almost five years(eep!), and since I studied abroad in England back in college, the travel bug has constantly been bugging me to get up and go back across the Atlantic. Matt's mother's family is half Irish, and since the Irish side of a person always seems to prevail, when deciding one's origins(so I have found in my husband's case), it was a no brainer that we would be going to Ireland this year to not only celebrate being married for five years, but to explore the country close to Matt's heart. And, come on, who wouldn't want to go to Ireland?
We met with several travel agents, even did research through an online travel agency before saying yes to the trip. For months and hours we poured over all of the information that we received from various sources. We finally decided to go through a travel agent in State College, PA, near Matt's office. She pointed us to Brendan Vacations, who specialize in planning Ireland vacation packages. She was extremely helpful and showed us many different types of vacations- from bus tours to cruises. We created our own package out of the information she gave us, with designated stopping points and cities to stay in along the way. We decided to rent a car instead of having a chauffeur or bus tour as well, adventurous, I know.
Our journey will encompass both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland(still under the United Kingdom), and the Wild Atlantic Way- the coasts of Co. Clare, Co. Kerry, and the Dingle Peninsula. We will be departing from JFK Airport in New York City and from there arriving in Dublin, taking in some of the sights and of course, the Guinness Storehouse. Then we will travel to Belfast for a few days, taking in the Giant's Causeway and Bushmills. Next is on to Londonderry(or Derry), and then down to the Wild Atlantic Way. My watercolor travel case and new mixed media sketchbook is at the ready, waiting for some vibrant colors and culture of Ireland(all leprechauns, pots of gold, and rainbows aside).
I hope you follow along with me as I try to document our trip, and I will post as much as I can. Wifi is somewhat sketchy over in some parts Ireland that we will be traveling to, but we will make do . I am excited and can't wait to share with you our adventures in the Emerald Isle!
- Slainte! (Cheers!)