This trip has been such an amazing, life-changing experience that I cannot thank the Paul family and the Curtis community enough for this awesome opportunity!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Advertisements

Dublin is a UNESCO Heritage Site for a its contribution to world literature and, with authors like Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and James Joyce, it comes at no surprise. Before coming here, I had no idea Bram Stoker was Irish and he’s one of my favorite authors of classic literature. I also had […]

On our way back to London, we stopped at the Waterford Crystal factory and took a tour. It was fascinating! The craftsmanship and the quality of each and every piece of crystal made is truly remarkable. The business was started in 1783 by George and William Penrose. Waterford was a thriving city and port in […]

Just outside of Cork, we stopped at Blarney Castle. I thought we’d just go to see a castle with a famous stone but it was so much more. Blarney Castle is on 60 acres of beautiful, sprawling gardens. It is home to Ireland’s only poison garden which is intriguing in and of itself. The castle […]

When we arrived in Kinsale, I thought it was an adorable harbor town but found out later it was so┬ámuch more. We took a walking tour with Tom and he informed us of the pivotal role Kinsale played in world history. On 21 September 1601 a Spanish fleet sailed into the harbor of Kinsale in […]

On our way south from Kerry to Cork, we stopped in a town called Skibbereen. (Isn’t that a great name for a place!) We visited the Heritage Centre that gave an insightful look into the Irish Famine that seriously impacted the entire population of Ireland. The Great Famine struck Ireland in 1845 and lasted until […]

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most scenic drives in Ireland. It was beautiful! The below pictures definitely do not do it justice. After a beautiful day of driving (wish my commute to work was as beautiful :)), we stopped at this pub to listen to some live music. It wasn’t just music, […]