by Robin E. Mason
Dia daoibh agus Fáilte. Hallo and welcome to me bit on world travel. Of course, when the topic came up my first thought was Éireann (Ireland) don’t’cha know? I’m part Irish, see, and I do love all things Irish. It’s in me blood.
Sad little note: I so wanted to do audio on this post, with some good Irish music in the background. Irish is one of two accents I do quite well, but alas, I have no sound to the video. Which rather defeats the purpose! I’m so sad.
The first thing, of course, once we’ve left the aerfort is to get settled at the inn. A lovely little bed and breakfast. Don’t ye love the thatch roof? I do.
First stop, then, is a real Irish pub! (I’ve a little secret to tell ye, but ye mustn’t tell anyone. I might have a go at a pint of Guinness! It’ll be our little secret, aye?) I’ll give the cottage pie a try for supper. What do ye think?
Isn’t this a spectacular view? It’s the O2, now called 3Arena, in Dublin. U2 was the first band to play there in 2008. Wouldn’t you love to see Riverdance perform here?
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty bricfeasta (breakfast) of bagún (bacon) and ubh (eggs) and arán (bread), and a nice hot cuppa, we’re ready to see the town.
An historic landmark, as are so many in Ireland, is Trinity College. Me breath catches just walking through the gates…
… and then there’s THIS! Have a look at that library!
We could spend days in the city, stopping at every little café and nook and cranny. And a mall’s a mall’s a mall, and not so different to the U.S. But take a gander at that clock, will ye?
One place I’ve longed to see since I studied geology a few years ago (yes, me, shocking I know) is The Giant’s Causeway. It’s to the north, and it’s magnificent. Don’t you agree?
Would ye like to see how Irish pottery is made? I’d go just to see inside that gorgeous building! They’ve lovely porcelain china, and a ton of other pretty baubles. Which is your favorite? Mine’s the Celtic mugs. And the Shamrock dishes. All things Irish….
I’d visit every castle in the county if I could. And probably write a story for every one of them!
But this. This is what I love the most. The mountains. The green. The misty sky.
Breathtaking, isn’t it?
There’s a story is this cottage…. Can ye hear them speaking to ye?
Villages and towns.
We’ll take a day here, at this little shop, Molly Gallivan’s. They’re in County Kerry, and they’ve quite a bit going on behind those stone walls. There’s a craft shop and a tea room, dinner theatre and the farm to tour. It’ll be a fine day, don’tcha think?
No trip to Éireann would be complete without a visit to Blarney Castle. Will you kiss the stone? I will.
One last lovely view before we fly across the pond. Slán, fare thee well, for now, me lovely Éireann (Ireland), I’ll come back again one day. Will you?
WRITING PROMPT: You’re only here for an interminable business trip. Your business associate insists on showing you ‘round town, but you can’t wait to get back to the hotel and put your feet up. You’re ready to pack and head home. Until…..
Ms. Mason has been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on her debut novel, Tessa in 2013. She resides in the Upstate of South Carolina. She has three novels published, the unsavory heritage series. Tessa, Clara Bess and Cissy are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print. She also has several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. She will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2017.
Writing Prompts & Thoughts & Ideas, World Travel, Ireland, Éireann (Ireland), Giant’s Causeway, Irish Pub, Molly Gallivan, Belleek Pottery, Blarney Stone, Four Leaf Clover