Those who are friends with me on Facebook will probably have seen some of these photo's before,
but now I am writing in a little more detail, so hopefully these images make more sense.
Saturday, October 20th
Today is Travel Day! It's finally here! This is the first time I've ever flown over-seas!
We were so anxious to get through security and settle into our flight, so we got there way early. Our flight left at around 10:40pm.
Here's me and my Bestie. We are settling in for a 7 hour flight to Heathrow, then a 3 hour lay-over, then another 1.5 hours to Dublin, then another hour and 15 minutes to Cabra Castle.
Sunday, October 21st
I tried to sleep but it was so uncomfortable, even with a pillow and blanket. The lay-over, while only being 3 hours, felt much longer. We grabbed a breakfast/lunch (as it was 10:55 am when we landed) and napped on the benches in the terminal. When we landed in Dublin, I felt so incredibly queasy and exhausted, but we had made it to Ireland! Finally!
Ireland is a beautiful country and at this moment I still have only been seeing it through a window. We had a chauffeur service pick us up at the Dublin Airport and it was cool seeing my name on a sign in the arrivals area. Our driver John was friendly and informative. We got spooked initially when getting into the comfortable Mercedes, when our driver got into the passenger side to drive... well wait... It would take a while to get used to this driving on the other side of the street. So happy we are not driving a rental here. Everything is still so green here!
It was surreal getting driven up the long private drive to the Castle! It was a calming location in the country-side surrounded by farms and manors north of Dublin in the County of Cavan. A very peaceful spot, perfect to relax and calm down after all our traveling. We were dropped off at the main lobby and immediate was in awe. There were suits of armour, statues and antique furnishings everywhere. Off the main desk was a comforting and warm little den waiting area. Red décor, a fire burning and comfortable seating was very welcoming while they set up our stay and gave us our room key for the Lodge.
Walking from the cabin after a lovely shower, up to the castle was great. It was nice to stretch our legs. There was a small private residential road behind our lodge with a gorgeous old stone house. We went up a lit path (Narnia Lamps for the win) and it was coming onto the time when the sun was setting so all the lights were starting to flick on. We walked through the Courtyard (awesome architecture and doorways) and found a back way into the castle.
Maybe it was because we were ready to fall asleep at the table, or the fact we hadn't eaten much but our first Guinness's in Ireland went down way too easy. By the time my Beef Stew made it to me, I inhaled it and had ordered another drink.
After dinner we snooped around the castle outside in the dark. We found our way back to our room after walking through Mitzie's Garden and down the private drive to the Private Lodges. They light up the exterior of the castle and all the majestic old oaks so perfectly.
Yes, I am hugging that tree... I'm a tree hugger, I guess. The Oak trees here are stunning.
I'll be honest, I don't remember if we did much of anything when we got back to the room. I literally passed out and slept for 12 hours!
The next day will be in the next post :)
Hope you enjoyed this first one. Our first few hours in Ireland at the Castle were great!
- 31 weeks Smoke-free!
- 7 days until my hike with Team Diabetes at Wicklow Mountain !!!!!!
- We are in Ireland!!!!!
Thanks for checking in!
I will be posting 8 more blog posts (one for each Vacation day)
Colleen lives in Arnprior and is working to control her Type 2 Diabetes by training and Fundraising for the 2018 SSE Airtricity Wicklow Mountain Hike in Ireland with Team Diabetes.