28.11.2016 - 14.12.2016
We arrived in Ireland on a drizzly Monday and after smoothing out a couple of issues with the rental car we headed to Hugo's family 'hatbox' in Mayo. Here we spent a few days just chilling, catching up on our washing and going for wanders on the beaches.
One of the days we walked up Croagh Patrick which is Ireland's holy mountain, and apparently where St Patrick took all the snakes and threw them off the top ridding the country of the slippery beasts (well thats how the story goes).
After a few days Tim and I took the car up top the top of the country to see the Giants Causeway. We were lucky enough to visit on a quiet day (love travelling off season) and pretty much had the place to ourselves. We wandered over the rocks and discussed all the possible reasons why they formed (geologists that we are).
From here we drove down to the town of Belfast - birthplace of the unsinkable Titanic! First stop was the Titanic museum which was awesome. We spent about 3 hours soaking up all the info (Tim was playing with all the interactive displays aimed at kids).
Next morning I woke up not feeling so well, so Tim took us back to Mayo.
Next day we went to Dublin with Hugo and Esme and met up with Naomi and Dave where we went for an afternoon tour of the Guinness factory. An interesting process and history. Fun fact: Mr Guinness took a 9000 year lease for the factory.
Next day Hugo and Esme left us and Naomi, Tim and Dave ventured out and around the town, I was still not feeling great so I stayed home. From here we hired a car and went up to Newgrange which is a really old neolithic tomb.
They predict it was built in aprox. 3200BC making it older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids. The internal chamber of the tomb is in complete darkness all year except when lit up by the sunrise at the winter solstice.
Dave ventured back to the UK, and Naomi had returned home which left Tim and I to explore for a couple of days. I was still not feeling 100% so we basically just chilled and planned our next moves!
On Saturday we trained to the metropolis of Limerick where we were greeted by our fab host Naomi. She whisked us straight of to watch the pride of the town, the Munster rugby team take on Leicester. It was a great game - always love live rugby, and we were reminded once or twice about the game in 1978 when Munster beat the All Blacks - just in case we tried to forget.
Since staying with Naomi and her family we have visited the cliffs of Moher (very cool), walked in the rain, watched christmas movies, visited Banratty Castle, done shopping, eaten some lovely meals and caught up on admin. So a successful few days all round!
Today we popped up to Copenhagen where we will now remain in this cooler climate until our return to NZ in March!
Massive thanks to Hugo and his family, and Naomi and her family for taking in a couple of strays this month! We really appreciate it!