Travels to Ireland

I recently was very priviledge to be invited along on a trip to Ireland.  My husband is of Irish decendance so we were very thrilled to get this chance to go and explore the place where his ancestors worked, walked and played.  Below is a very small photo diary of the time that we spent there.  It was glorious.  The people couldn’t be more friendly, the drinks more tasty or the scenery more beautiful.

Come on this trip with me and see it through my eyes.

Dublin as seen from the Guinness Beer Tasking Room

Dublin as seen from the Guinness Beer Tasking Room

Kilmainham Goal is where most of the Irish rebellion leaders were imprisioned and some later executed

Kilmainham Goal is where most of the Irish rebellion leaders were imprisioned and some later executed

Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains.  Founded by St. Kevins in the 6th century was an early medieval monastic settlement

Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains. Founded by St. Kevins in the 6th century was an early medieval monastic settlement

Tombstones at Glendalough

Tombstones at Glendalough

Walking path to one of the two lakes at Glendalough

Walking path to one of the two lakes at Glendalough

Kilkenny Castle on a threatening day

Kilkenny Castle on a threatening day

Kells Priory was one of the largest and most important medieval monuments in Ireland

Kells Priory was one of the largest and most important medieval monuments in Ireland

Church at Kells Priory seen from the graveyard

Church at Kells Priory seen from the graveyard

Tower at Blarney Castle as seen from the Top of the Castle itself

Tower at Blarney Castle as seen from the Top of the Castle itself

Tree growing on rocks on the land at Blarney Castle

Tree growing on rocks on the land at Blarney Castle

Walkway on the lands of Blarney Castle

Walkway on the lands of Blarney Castle

Ross Castle on the outskirts of Killarney

Ross Castle on the outskirts of Killarney

The lake as seen from the tower of Ross Castle

The lake as seen from the tower of Ross Castle

The color green from this image attests to why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle

The color green from this image attests to why Ireland is called the Emerald Isle

Celtic Cross on the outskirts of the Burren

Celtic Cross on the outskirts of the Burren

The Island of Inisheer is the closest and the smallest of the Aran Islands

The Island of Inisheer is the closest and the smallest of the Aran Islands

Fort on the Island of Inisheer

Fort on the Island of Inisheer

Traps and a boat on the Island of Inisheer

Traps and a boat on the Island of Inisheer

The famous Cliffs of Moher.  Note the grandeur of these cliffs.  No wonder they have been used in movies and photographed by everyone who sets foot near them.

The famous Cliffs of Moher. Note the grandeur of these cliffs. No wonder they have been used in movies and photographed by everyone who sets foot near them.

Located at the edge of the Burren region in County Clare they are the most visited attraction in Ireland and soar 702 at their highest point

Located at the edge of the Burren region in County Clare they are the most visited attraction in Ireland and soar 702 at their highest point

Hoi An, Vietnam

Hoi An is located in central Vietnam and after our trek in Sapa, we headed south to this beautiful area of the country.  We stayed at a beach resort that was located about 5 minutes from the old city of Hoi An.  This is a magical city at night where the lanterns are lit in all of the windows and stores. What made it very attractive to us was the friendliness of the people as well as how easy it was to get around the city.

Hoi An is also known for its tailors which can be found at every second shop.  Go in, get measured and within a day or two you have some wonderful suits.  You can also get these done in a matter of hours, but I’m not sure how good the fit would be since we had to go in for three separate fittings.

Enjoy the adventure with us.

_MG_1273

Fisherman throwing his nets.

_MG_1305

Lantern Making. Courses are given if you so desire, but the cost of a large lantern is about $5 us.

_MG_1303

Colorful Lanterns

_MG_1302

Lantern store

_MG_1298

Moss growing on the roofs of Hoi An shops

_MG_1297

Restuarant in Hoi An

_MG_1276

Lanterns hung on trees overlooking the river and the other side of Hoi An

_MG_1274

Japanese Bridge

_MG_1330

Life on the river

_MG_1331

Old man selling his picture for $1. His way of making some cash.

_MG_1349

Lanterns hung around a little shop

_MG_1359

Old woman selling lanterns for $1. Once purchase, they are lit and you make a wish and let them float downstream on the river. Very pretty when there are a bunch of them floating at the same time.

_MG_1363

These young girls gestured to us from the street (we were eating in a second floor restaurant) to purchase a floating lantern from them. They waited for almost an hour while we ate and of course we could not resist buying a few of their lanterns. School night, it was dark and getting late and no parents were around. But they sat their and giggled the entire time we watched.

_MG_1512

View from the temple doors

_MG_1505

Hoi An in the rain.

_MG_1504

A pastry seller. Even when it rains, business must go on.

_MG_1503

Hoi An Cloth market, where you can go and bargain for cloth. The women will then make whatever you want out of that cloth for a very good price.

_MG_1500

Hoi An Harbor

_MG_1486

Entrance to a little village not far from Hoi An

_MG_1480

Fishermen on the river

 

Da Nang, traffic

Da Nang, traffic

_MG_1517

Live Chickens for sale

_MG_1518

The marketplace. Waiting on clients.

 

Hoi An Market

Hoi An Market

IMG_0121

Kids playing in their front yard in a little village not far from Hoi An

Living room

Typical Living room in a small village.

Rickety Bridge

This bridge was so rickety that if you were to stop while riding your bicycle, you took the chance of your wheels getting stuck in a hole. This little bridge joined two outlying villages near Hoi An

Old woman

This old woman was 86 years old and had spent her entire life making straw mats, which is what the locals sleep on. It takes approximately 5 hours to make and they sell them for 20000 dong which is about $1 us.