Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Ireland for St. Patty's and Easter

We had a delightful time in Ireland, we even had a few days of sun! Our trip started in Dublin on March 15 where we stayed for 3 nights, then we moved onto County Clare on the West Coast and then County Kerry, specifically Killarney towards the south then to Cork and finally Glendaloch. It was a whirlwind 9 days but we were able to relax and enjoy the country side.

Julien was an angel for the majority of the trip, he seems to have a knack for sleeping in pubs. We were able to enjoy St. Patrick's day in Dublin while Julien napped in the booth and we chatted with the locals and watched hurling. I can't even begin to describe the insanity that is hurling, I am still trying to figure out this crazy game.

We also took Julien on his first boating expedition to see the cliffs of Moher which were very beautiful. Following the boat trip we went for a hike to the edge of the cliffs, Julien rode in his hiking back pack. He was awake for most of it but finally the fresh air got the best of him and he fell asleep in his harness.

We took a trip to Dingle and ate at a restaurant that had nothing but fried food, they even had a fried Snickers bar for dessert which Josh enjoyed. We toured the Ring of Kerry which was the most beautiful scenery we saw, the day was beautiful and we followed the ocean for hours.

We only managed the one hike because the weather was pretty damp and I managed to loose my shoe in a huge mud swamp. I did retrieve it but I am afraid the shoes are now officially dead, they had a good run and I will miss them. I was left with only "dressy shoes" so hiking wasn't possible.

We finished up our trip with a night in Cork and then our final night in Glendaloch. Cork was pretty much a flop, we tried to go to dinner but Julien had a break down and we had to make a hasty retreat back to our room. The last night we found a great pub for dinner in Hollywood. Julien was happy as a clam in his high chair eating his vegetables while we enjoyed lasagna, not your typical Irish Easter dinner but good all the same. The ladies loved Julien so much the kitchen staff even came out to have a look at our boy. We took to calling him LLJJ because Ladies Love JuJu. He really does like to charm them with smiles and giggles.

Speaking of giggles I found Juliens tickle spot, when I tickle him under his left arm he can't help but squeal and giggle uncontrollably, it really is the cutest thing I have seen!

Now I must get back to the important final moving details. We have a list a mile long of all the work we need to complete before the big move on Monday. We have the movers arriving on Thursday to pack and Friday to load. We couldn't get a plane out until Monday due to many, many difficulties booking a flight.

So, Monday we are headed to the airport with Julien, Santa and Jingle along with all the stuff we need for two months in the US while we wait for our things to arrive. We are planning to have the worst day of our lives, that way anything else will be a treat. I am sure this will be the last blog until we are on US soil, even now I am procrastinating on my list.

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