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December 28th 2012
Published: December 30th 2013
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Father ChristmasFather ChristmasFather Christmas

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
Enniskerry BreweryEnniskerry BreweryEnniskerry Brewery

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 courseā€¦
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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Ritz at DawnRitz at Dawn
Ritz at Dawn

Whomever decided to buy this property for the Ritz is genius. It's absolutely breathtaking countryside.
The RitzThe Ritz
The Ritz

Some of the nicest accommodations I've ever seen. Automatic lights and window shades, tv in the mirrors, Gordon Ramsey restaurant.
BrayBray
Bray

Little town nearby, good place for a little hike.
St. Mary'sSt. Mary's
St. Mary's

I think.
SmithwicksSmithwicks
Smithwicks

Good ol' Smiddy
Smithwicks Original AbbeySmithwicks Original Abbey
Smithwicks Original Abbey

St Francis Abbey, where it all began.
Girls Night OutGirls Night Out
Girls Night Out

I picked up some friends along the way
Gorgeous WalkGorgeous Walk
Gorgeous Walk

There were trails along the grounds of the Ritz
Down the Rabbit HoleDown the Rabbit Hole
Down the Rabbit Hole

Inspiration found in some interesting places.
Enniskerry FallsEnniskerry Falls
Enniskerry Falls

The tallest waterfall in Ireland
Really??Really??
Really??

Who would have thought they would vote in the US elections. Wait a minute.


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