Adventures in Ireland

We’ve all heard April showers bring May flowers, but I bet you haven’t heard that singing can keep away the rain.

In August of 1998, my second husband and I toured England, Scotland, and Ireland with a group of about thirty other people, and I’d frequently lead everyone in song on the bus. But our tour guide put a stop to my singing, so our group would only sing before she got on the bus. One rainy day we were traveling and I wasn’t going to sing because I didn’t think our tour guide would like it, but she turned to me and said, “Come on, Helen, let’s have the sunshine song!” And do you know what? It worked!

Spring and summer are busy times to travel, but boy do I enjoy every bit of it. This trip was my first time visiting Scotland, but I’ll save that for another blog. My husband couldn’t wait to get to Ireland.

The scenery was beautiful and it was very green being the Emerald Isle. I wasn’t sure about the quality of the water, so I always drank Guinness. I’m not much of a drinker, either, but it tasted good to me. I think every photo of me eating in Ireland includes Guinness! We stayed in Limerick for a few days and visited Blarney Castle, though I skipped the long line to kiss the Blarney Stone. I thought well gee, I wonder how clean it is. So, I might have missed my opportunity to acquire the gift of gab… I’ll leave that up to you to decide.

At one point, we wandered into a private club, and they were going to turn us away. I said, “Maybe you can make an exception? I was over here during WWII.” And they said, “Oh, come on in!” They introduced us to everyone and everyone wanted to buy us a drink. I probably got Guinness.

I encourage you to travel if you can. It’s such an adventure. What memorable travel stories do you have to share?

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