We were sitting in the Lemon Leaf Cafe in Kinsale, Ireland when my husband told my daughter this little bit of wisdom.
“They say you get enjoyment from a trip three times. First the anticipation of the journey while you plan. Then the enjoyment of the trip while you are traveling. And last, when you are home and remember it.”
And so, we are home from Ireland and are inhabiting phase three: remembering.
The sun shone on us, despite forecasts that daily suggested otherwise.
The ocean sparkled. The hills spread out in folds of velvety green.
The tea was plentiful. The seafood straight off the boat. The pint glasses frothed with Guinness, Smithwicks or Murphy’s.
We took to the narrow paths and roads to walk beaches with hurley players and horse riders. Or all to ourselves.
We picked up seaglass among round ocean-washed pebbles and chatted with women walking their dogs on a headland overlooking Kinsale Harbor. We petted cats on steps in Cobh and wandered the graves and high crosses in Timoleague. At Mallow we watched steeplechase horse races to our daughter’s delight. (And ours.)
County Cork was our home and major exploring ground this time, and we rented a cozy apartment on a hillside outside of town.
I hope to find myself in Cork again.
Oh how lovely! (times 3!)
What a wonderfully-written piece…I was transported back to Ireland in a moment by reading your words. And now I’m remembering. 🙂 Thank you! Lisa
Thanks Lisa-enjoy your memory visit!
I have always wanted to visit Ireland!
I hope you do. This was my seventh trip. I can’t seem to get enough!
Lovely, lovely pictures. I love Ireland. It’s wonderful to wander and talk with people in such a beautiful place. I felt so welcome in the country there.
I feel the same way. I think that’s what keeps pulling me back. And the Guinness just tastes better there. 🙂
Great quote… I always say you have to visit at least twice, but now I’m thinking 3 times is the best! 🙂
I’m in anticipation mode. .. it’s on my bucket list to go to Ireland. Thanks for the thrill !
I, personally, love anticipation mode! Enjoy the planning, imagining, map-gazing!
Off the beaten path is always where you find the heart of a community. I hope one day to take my daughter, Erin O’Nan, to see her name sake!
I hope you can, Lori. xox Sue
As I love your blog, I have nominated you for sunshine award! You can find details here http://talesfromateapot.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/sunshine-award/.
Hi Niamh, Thank you so much! That is really kind, and I love reading your blog too. I am traveling for work (in NYC), so I can’t take in all the details of this until I get home, but I will then. Warm wishes to you in Ireland, Sue
I just got back from Ireland on Saturday ! I loved Kinsale. Great photos!
Welcome home and thanks! I’m missing Ireland and Kinsale, as I’m sure you are.
What an absolutely gorgeous place!
I am so jealous! I have been wanting to go to Ireland for so long! Your trip sounds fantastic! If you have anymore amazing pics I’m sure we all would love to see them, I know I would! =)
Thanks! Yes, many more photos are coming. Lots to sort 🙂
What a delightful blog you have 🙂 I visited Kinsale years ago after a friend’s wedding…it was very pretty…
Thanks so much. I’m wishing I could be in Kinsale this morning!!!