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Lucky-in-Love with P.T. Michelle [+ GIVEAWAY!]

Since Rhianna is celebrating Lucky-in-Love and my guest post falls on the day before St. Patrick's Day, I thought it fitting that I incorporate something very Irish! :)

When my husband and I got married, our honeymoon was a weekend in the mountains. A day after we arrived at the cabin, a heavy snow    storm threatened. There we were with a brand new car (that wasn't    built for snow) and a new job starting on Monday. Needless to say,    our weekend was cut short. Fast forward a dozen years later, I'd    been writing for about three years and all I could talk about was    Ireland. I'd researched this beautiful country for a book I was working on and had fallen in love. You know how sometimes you just really feel connected to a place? That's how I felt about Ireland/Irish music/the Irish culture. I really wanted to go there and experience it firsthand. That year for Christmas, my husband gave me a trip to Ireland. To say I was ecstatic was an understatement. I spent the next six months planning/booking B&Bs and Castles, along with tours of interesting places. I was going to make the MOST of this trip! :)

In July we flew to Ireland. Our very first night, we got lost trying to find the Castle we were booked in for the night. We ended up driving up a steep, bumpy dirt road that was so narrow brambles and brush scrapped both sides of the car. When it became apparent that the road went nowhere, my husband said, "Do you hear the DELIVERANCE song in your head like I do?" I snickered, loving that he could always make me laugh, even in the face of uncertainty.  Ah, but we finally made it to the Castle, which turned out to supposedly be haunted (see that story here if you're interested).

Then we traveled to the Newgrange tomb in County Meath. Did you know Newgrange is older than Stonehenge? And that it's perfectly (mathematically) aligned such that ONLY on the Winter Solstice (Dec. 21st), for about 15 minutes, a sliver of sunlight will pour into the small window at the front of the tomb, then snake its way down to the passageway that leads into the ground where that tiny bit of light illuminates the entire chamber underground below? If you ever go to Ireland, it's truly worth your time to tour this amazing wonder.

Continuing West, we visited Galway where I took this fabulous rainbow picture.

Then we took a ferry to visit the biggest of the Aran Islands, Inishmore. On our way to Inishmore, the Irish Coast Guard did a rescue drill on our boat. That's not something you see every day. LOL :)

From there, we went South to Dingle, where we went horseback riding on the beach. What a rush!
Each night we hung out in the pubs and listened to the locals sing and play traditional Irish music. Everywhere we went, the Irish people were very friendly and welcoming.
On our last night in Ireland, while we were in a pub listing to an older man sing a rendition of Danny Boy that brought tears to my eyes, my husband leaned over and whispered in my ear, "Happy belated honeymoon. Did Ireland live up to your expectations?" Raising my mug of Guinness to click with his, I smiled and said, "And then some. How soon can we come back?"

Not only did I get to experience Ireland during the best weather possible (70 degrees and sunny almost the entire time we were there), but the highlight was that I got to experience it with my husband and best friend.

That makes me feel very Lucky-in-Love. :)

Now for one of you to feel LUCKY-IN-LOVE! I'm giving away an eBook copy of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS (which features a swoon worthy guy named Ethan. ;). To enter for a chance to win, fill out the Rafflecopter Rhi has provided.


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P.T. Michelle is the young adult pseudonym of Patrice Michelle, author of fifteen romance novels and novellas. When P.T. isn’t writing, she can usually be found reading or taking pictures of landscapes, sunsets and anything beautiful or odd in nature.  

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Nicola said...

Lovely post! I've lived in Ireland all my life and I haven't actually been to Newgrange or the Aran Islands. I should probably change that. :)

You're lucky you got good weather! That's a rarity here.

P.T. Michelle said...


Newgrange is just...amazing! I'm so glad we took the time for that tour. You MUST go! And yes, we were very lucky on the weather. It was truly a perfect vacation. Loved every minute of it. :)


Elvina H. said...

Pics looked awesome. Will have to put on my wish list to visit when I win the lottery. LOL.

maddylee said...

Looks amazining. Have always wanted to go to Ireland


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