During the weekends, I took the opportunity to visit little towns outside of Dublin as well as in the west coast. I booked with a bus tour, met random tourists, and off we went! To start, it was a place called Wicklow. As it turns out this was the place where they shot some scenes from the love story, “PS I Love You”, that’s if you even recognize that movie. It was pretty tragic, not the scenery but the love story of course (spoiler alert: he dies). It was pretty windy when was I on the bridge where the scenes took place so I guess the wind brought them closer! But anyhow, the scenes are rugged and magnificent. It has the kind of scenery that shows a tough and enduring landscape and yet touches of beauty with patches greenery everywhere. I definitely didn’t wear the right shoes for the wet weather and I slipped and slightly tore the palm of my hand. The bus driver immediately went to town and got me band-aids. How sweet is that? Did you know they filmed most of “Bravehart” in this area too? Yes, Mel Gibson, ran through here and they even named the road going through the scenery “Bravehart Road”. Once I dusted myself, we went to the picturesque area called Glendalough – The land of the two lakes. The Irish monks of yore used to come around here for their spiritual upliftment. There were a few old ruins of the burial site that dates back to the early 17th century.
Then my next weekend trip took me to Galway and this town is quite a fun-loving place bustling with life and no amount of bad weather would stop these folks from having a good time. I had fun walking around here at night and just watched the people enjoy themselves so much. Lovely time. As a matter of fact, it was just before the Galway Food Festival. I missed out but am sure it was a blast. From here, I went to the Cliffs of Moher where I wasn’t prepared at all. I wasn’t prepared for my breath to be taken away that is. This is one amazing scenery. It was quite windy by the cliffs and apparently can get so windy, it would lift large rocks right off the ground. They usually close the area sometimes as it can get too dangerous. In the more milder and warmer times (around August), the adventurous types windsurf around the cliffs. After visiting the cliffs, I went to Kylemore Abbey, a romantic spot in the middle of beautiful mountains. My warning is not to go here alone. Please take someone special with you to fully enjoy the grandeur. After all, a man named Mitchell Henry built this place because he fell in love with the scenery so even he knew how romantic this place was.