Ireland, A Child's View
I found myself checking my phone often in hopes of hearing from my eight year old granddaughter. That was a few weeks ago when I wondered if she enjoyed traveling in Ireland. I hoped she packed the right clothes and imagined her sightseeing in that beautiful country. She sent me texts with hints of fun times on this trip with her dad!
The best thing about last week was Friday when Sookie and her dad drove up to have dinner with us. I knew little about Ireland and looked forward to hearing her experience. It made me happy that she wanted to visit Papa and I just as soon as she returned to the states. They narrated their photos from a slideshow and told us all about the castles, old churches and bed & breakfasts in Kilarney, Limerick, cork and Dublin over their fourteen-day stay.
Sookie told me fresh orange juice topped the list of her favorite foods! They described Irish food as sausage and cabbage mash (a potato mixture.) Of course, they bragged about the fish and chips too.
Looking back, what advice would they offer travelers to Ireland?
Sookie was glad she wore a warm jacket in the slate mine tour where it got very cold underground so her advice is to pack a jacket.
Her dad recommends research. He visited Ireland more than a decade ago and wanted Sookie to experience it. He studied maps in advance along with routes to playgrounds, churches and restaurants. He reserved rooms at bed & breakfasts. Parking in Dublin presented a challenge at their hotel. But parking is a small setback. Renting a vehicle and planning a personal itinerary trumps bus tours that provide only minimal amounts of time to spend in interesting places. Better to be independent and stay as long as you want!
When they drove the width of the island, they crossed over to Wales by ferry.
Why so green there?
It rains often on this Emerald Island, mostly at night.
The photos tell the story of playing with Irish children in the playgrounds, visiting Catholic churches, touring castles and graveyards with views of rolling hills. Make that very green rolling hills!
Amazing old world churches! I think this one is St. Mary's.
They enjoyed an Irish Festival where the wait staff dressed in costume!
I love this street with the Roman arch!
A playground to play with Irish children!
There’s no Irish in our blood lines and only 12% in Sookie’s dad’s, but for a first trip overseas for a young girl, her dad thought Ireland provided safe and easy travel without a language barrier.
I witnessed maturity and noticed Sookie articulated her trip to the far-away land clearly. That’s what travel does. It’s challenging and educational. She remembered details and I found that interesting!