I wanted to say something witty about grey hair and ageing, but I forgot to write it down and now it’s Wednesday. So there you go.
There’s nothing like a streetcar ride on a summer evening to make you fall in love with Toronto all over again. There’s magic in the way the city passes you, the breeze on your face. The city and its people in snapshots.
I’m feeling physically and especially mentally exhausted lately. I’m ready to recharge with some travelling.
For our first trip to Ireland, A and I scheduled most of our time in Dublin, but we knew we wanted to take a couple day-trips out of the city. “When will we have another opportunity to see the Cliffs of Moher or Blarney Castle or the Hill of Tara?” we reasoned.
After several hours of research spearheaded by my master-planner husband, we settled on three tours with Extreme Ireland: one to the Cliffs of Moher and The Burren; one to the Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, and Cork; and one through the Boyne Valley with stops at the Hill of Tara, Trim Castle, Loughcrew, Drogheda, Monasterboice, and the Jumping Church.
Right off the bat, we were impressed by the variety of destinations Extreme Ireland’s tours covered, and the ease and flexibility of booking — we could buy tickets online or in person at their office — but the best was to come. While Extreme Ireland certainly can’t take credit for the country’s lush terrain and rich history, it can lay claim to expertly curated day trips and some of the most knowledgeable, engaging driver-guides you’ll ever have the pleasure to travel with.
My husband, A, is notoriously hard to impress. But I knew even he was won over when half way through our Boyne Valley tour he turned to me and said, “You know, these guys do multi-day hiking trips, too.” Very high praise indeed.
Higher still: we returned to take one of those hiking trips the following year. We wouldn’t have climbed Croagh Patrick or Diamond Hill — highlights of my life so far — without Extreme Ireland, and for the planning and expertise of their guides, I’m extremely grateful.
I like the structure of posting about a given topic on a given day. It makes it easier to stick to my commitment of writing here more.
With that in mind, I’m introducing a twice monthly feature to highlight the great restaurants, attractions, and tour operators I’ve encountered and loved in the course of my wanderings. Look for the first Saturday Spotlight tomorrow.