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! :)
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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.
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.
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. :)
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ABOUT P.T. MICHELLE
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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