Friday, July 15, 2011

Hello My Spark friends:)
Just wanted to add this note to say how much I miss talking to all of you - been a while. I also wanted to tell you about my trip to Ireland....
Ireland is a magical place. There is a reason for it calling my name. Not just because of my heritage, but the beautiful rolling hills, the bright green plains and everything there is to see! My daughter and I started our journey in Dublin on tour on a bus. It is a great way to do a first trip since you don't know where you are going - and hey, everyone drives on the other side of the road..lol. Anyway, so the day we arrived we took a bus tour of the city, seeing the replica famine ship in the harbor, hearing about the history and what is going on now. Did you know they too are having an economic meltdown with lots of foreclosures including office buildings?? Guess the same the world over. Anyway, we stopped at Trinity College and toured the grounds and saw the Book of Kells - amazing the intricacy of the documents. My daughter was salivating at the library which reaches to the ceiling and is curved.
The following days we toured the southern end of the country and visited Blarney Castle, Bunratty Castle, the Cliffs of Moher, Shannon, Galway and a host of other places.
When we went Blarney Castle - the grounds are huge and beautiful. The Blarney Stone is located at the very top of the Castle, and what I didn't know was that it is built into the front foundation wall. I wasn't going to kiss it - a lot of people did - but I did want to see it. Thank heavens I had lost the weight that I had. The castle stairs are the small winding turret type stairs made of stone with no railing. I am EXTREMELY claustrophobic and once you start there is no way to turn around and get back down - just no room. Obviously, there weren't fat people that lived there - unless they stayed on the bottom floor...lol. Anyway, I just kept my face looking at the stairs - and where there was a very small window opening I would put my face in it and breathe - wasn't panting which is amazing - just FRIGHTENED..hahahaha. And when I got to the top - they were sliding people on their back over an opening with bars to kiss the stone to gain the gift of eloquence. I knew right then and there for sure I was eloquent enough..hahahahaha....but at least I saw it.
At Bunratty Castle we had a medieval banquet, complete with harp and mandolin players, singers, greeters and everyone was dressed in medieval costume. We also were forced to eat with only a knife they way they did at that time period. Lovely. My daughter will always remember me flicking part of my pork ribs into her drinking glass...hahahahaha...
The Cliffs of Moher are very high and border the Atlantic Ocean....totally beautiful. I guess although I have a lot of fun memories, the thing I will always remember about Ireland is the land...the bliss that I felt by being there - and hopefully will return before my days on this planet are over. As for my weight, well, I am still pretty much where I was. One of my Spark Friends was right - you walk a lot. However, I found with Ireland that you eat pretty healthy too. Their breakfast is huge - eggs, sausage, bacon (which we call ham over here btw) cooked mushrooms, cooked tomatoes and pork and beans! Of course bread and potatos too - but I didn't eat those. The other meals you could always get meat and veggies and of course a variety of potatoes - and dessert was available, but wasn't all that interested. So, was able to hang in there and not go wild - I consider a major victory and hopefully a permanent change to my eating habits......
Anyway, if I get a chance I will have to post some pics - my daughter took them and they are pretty good - would really like to share my journey with you - my friends:) So, have a good day cause I'm gonna...
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  • KIMMER827
    Faye, thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us. Keep writing your blogs because it's like we're there, too.
    2475 days ago
    I just smile knowing you have managed to accomplish something you have always dreamed of doing...and less of you making the trip too.

    2475 days ago
    Oh, that sounds like such a wonderful trip! (You wouldn't catch me climbing those narrow steps with no railing!) Everything else sounds great though. I'll look forward to the photos!

    Hugs, Leslie
    2476 days ago
    Welcome back. I am so happy for you that you were able to take such a wonderful trip. Yeah, more that just a little envious as well. I can't wait to see the pictures. They will probably be the final incentive to plan a trip of my own.
    2476 days ago
    I'm so glad you had such a great time. I would give anything to be able to go to Ireland.
    2476 days ago
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