We're back to Ireland! Our cases came today! I also found a pair of walking shoes that will work for me while there (and here, too of course). THAT was a major task to accomplish. I am totally miserable to fit, but managed it. For a price. We've made arrangements for where we'll be staying, and hopefully will stick to that general route. We'll be doing a few train trips, and at least one DART trip. So, into Dublin, DART to the coast, train to Cork, car to Kinsale and points east, west... then to Lisdoonvarna. Do you have the song stuck in your head? Then off way north to Letterfrack with many day trips from there, as north at least, to Donegal. Then Sligo to drop the car and train back to Dublin. Then a train to Belfast and a tour bus to Giant's causeway and Carrick rede bridge, but I'm beyond excited to see Dun Luce! Can you hear Gary Moore's crying guitar? Much room for spontaneity, day trips here and there, and poking around little villages. We are DEFINITELY going to Ballylickey! How cute is that for a village name, huh? We'll have meals out, and buy lovely things to cook at our given self catering places, and have some packed food to carry with us on those day trips. Much, much walking is planned (hence the new, ugly, but very comfortable walking shoes). Soooooo! We fly on 30 March, and if you have any suggestions for places to see and eat, tell me please! Dublin, we'll definitely visit Trinity again. I think it's my favorite place. We love to just walk around the city and poke here and there. I'd like to see the Beatty museum, and do some other museums. Still not sure how far south we'll take the DART. Perhaps all the way to Wicklow! Maybe just to Dalkey, maybe north to Howth, etc. Cork, we'll definitely do the English Market and the walking tour (self tour) of the city. We'll explore Kinsale on foot and do a drive to Cobh, and maybe further east, not sure. Definitely west to the peninsulas (we've already done Ring of Kerry so won't be doing that again) Dingle, maybe some other drives along that line. Herself is beyond excited to have a "Hawk Walk" planned. There are several options but I think we'll do the one in Cong after we get to the Dolphin View Self catering house in Letterfrack. It's right on the oceanside cliff, so we know we are going to love that. Connemara National Park, looking for the ponies... so many things to do! As I may have mentioned before, this is our first proper vacation ALONE! in 21 years! It's also our honeymoon, and our celebration of 20 (albeit 21 by the time we get there) years together, AND my milestone birthday. OIY! I sure hope I'm not boring anyone! I'll post more, if you'd like to hear about it. Probably mostly when we return as we're not planning on taking too many communication devices. 67 days and counting!