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I'm here and the plane is behind me to prove it!

My first trip to Ireland dropped me off in the 'prettiest village' in the country, Adare.  The village of Adare is found in Limerick County, Southern Ireland.

After a sleepless flight from San Francisco (apparently I was a tad excited) resulting in having not slept in 24 hours, the immediate need to learn how to drive on the left hand side of the road with steering wheel on right and a faulty GPS System-my boyfriend and I made our way from the Shannon Airport to Adare. My was that an experience!

Upon finally enterring into the town of Adare, we pulled off to what we thought was our place of stay for the next week, Adare Manor. We actually took an early left and pulled into the Adare Manor Golf Course parking lot.

Downtown Adare
We quickly rolled down our window and asked a gentleman leaving the course if we were in the right place. We told him we were headed to the Manor. The first thing he asked us was "What room are you staying in? Make sure you don't stay in Room 13, it's haunted". This man was absoloutely serious. It took a few seconds (both of us operating on fumes) for us to realize he was pulling our leg. My boyfriend said "You're just messing with us, right?". The man quickly broke and began chuckling loudly, he then proceeded to punch my boyfriend in the arm and say "I am, it's just up the road!". And there we were, our first encounter with a local Irish native - what a way to kick off the trip. The warm, jovial sense of humor and nature of the man set the tone for the remainder of our trip.

We pulled into the Manor grounds (800+ acres of land) and we were in awe. Lush green grounds, ruins along the property, a river nearby, championship golf course on site and one of the most incredible buildings that I've ever seen, the Adare Manor House.

WOOT WOOT, Ireland Adventure, here we come!

Well, after a 2 hour power nap that is..

Amy792 says:
I can't believe you drove! :)
Posted on: Jan 28, 2009
travelman727 says:
Great blog and pics! I agree with you, Adare is a gorgeous Irish village :-) I toured the Manor, it's remarkable golf course and the ruins, but wasn't as fortunate as you to stay there :-D
Posted on: Jan 27, 2009
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Downtown Adare
Downtown Adare
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
St. Nicholas Church
Thatched Roof Buildings, Adare
Thatched Roof Buildings, Adare
The infamous Blue Door Restaurant.
The infamous Blue Door Restaurant.
Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare.
Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare.
Wheel on right, stick shift on lef…
Wheel on right, stick shift on le…
Ruins on Adare Manor property
Ruins on Adare Manor property
Adare Manor
Adare Manor
Our ride.
Our ride.
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor Gardens
Adare Manor Gardens
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor Gardens
Adare Manor Gardens
River Maigue, Adare Manor
River Maigue, Adare Manor
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Manor House
Adare Castle
Adare Castle
Adare Castle
Adare Castle
Adare Castle
Adare Castle
St. Nicholas Graveyard
St. Nicholas Graveyard
Adare
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