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Published: December 30th 2013
This fellow joined me in the pub, where I enjoyed a Guinness and Crunchie for Christmas. The best.
Welcome to Ireland!
"Why are you going to Ireland for Christmas?" "You're going by yourself?" "Ireland is pretty dangerous isn't it?" "You should be careful... isn't it going to be freezing this time of year?" - Yes, I heard all these questions and concerns and threw caution to the wind as I decided I couldn't pass up a great deal to travel to the land of faerie folk and Guinness.
Anyone who questions to inadequacy of Groupon has clearly never used it in any capacity. $1200 for a 7 night stay at the Ritz Carlton, the roundtrip airfare and a rental car included is the most incredible steal. I truly was worth it in every sense of the word.
Enniskerry is where the Ritz Carlton is located. Old, grandfatherly trees surround little rivers and trails on this huge estate. You almost feel like you're about to arrive at a farmhouse, until you round the bend and see the building. It is immense, with a pub, some restaurants and more activities than you're prepared for. There are lovely gardens and walks through the countryside or by the river. They will even arrange a picnic for you. I know
Right in downtown Enniskerry
there is a golf course as well, just wasn't really there for that. Also, next to the estate is the largest waterfall in Ireland, Powerscourt Falls. It is beautiful, yet holds some pretty interesting history of tragedy. Slippery rocks, dangerous footholds, of course…
Between hole in the wall pubs, castles and just driving around all of the green, I never sat still. Just the architecture of the old churches and buildings caught my eye at every glance. Using a map, I just tried to navigate to interesting abbeys and small towns that had a castle or two to admire. It was a relaxing holiday, but still exhausting (see last photo).
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