Sadly, this will be my last post from Ireland. I spent today “being a girl” and shopping with the family all day long. They have such interesting stuff over here, and Karen and I had a great time picking things out for ourselves. I bought a Claddagh ring and a beautiful Irish pendant for myself. I set out to get things that are very different than the average stuff sold in the US, and I think I did pretty well! 😉
After shopping, we hit the Guinness Store House tour. I really don’t like Guinness, but it would be highly un-Irish of me to not visit such a well-known landmark. I learned a lot, and took some great photos of the place. Hands down, the best part of the tour is the beer, but for me it doesn’t involve drinking it. It’s where the beer in served inside the “Gravity Bar” located at the top of the entire building. Visitors get a 360 degree view of Dublin from the highest point in the area. Beautiful! (Photos coming shortly.)
I must say my family and I enjoyed Ireland so much that we’re already talking about coming back. (And we haven’t even left yet!) I think my fondest memory is the visit to County Mayo, where my Great Grandparents lived and visiting each of their towns. Also, let’s not forget good old Mrs. Brighty Gallagher, the woman whom by only chance, knew my family.
I have always been proud to be Irish, but this trip has given me new-found insight to where I really come from. It’s an overwhelming feeling to experience something like this like I have for an entire week. The people are always happy, friendly and treat you like one of their own. The surrounding scenery surpasses any beauty I’ve ever seen. And I can’t forget my new appreciation of Irish cuisine. From now on, when I’m asked my nationality, my answer has silently taken on a new meaning. “I’m Irish.” (“…and a little Italian too!”) 🙂