Thursday, January 18, 2018

County Clare, Ireland (Part 2)

Ireland has 32 counties, one of which I have been lucky enough to explore, courtesy of one of my very dear friends Hazel. She has put many miles on her car and we have shared much conversation, many laughs and cups of tea. We have been proper explorers and have also taken the children along for a few of our adventures!

The Island of Ireland is divided into 2 countries, 4 provinces and as mentioned above, 32 counties. The 2 countries, of course being The Republic of Ireland (an Independent State) and Northern Ireland. 
I love the county of Clare, and I have barely even touched the edges of what it offers. I will tell you though, that it boasts some of the most breath taking cliffs. We drove by the Cliffs of Moher, but
we didn't stop and climb to the side, but instead viewed their beauty from Doolin Pier. 

                                                                   Doolin Pier 
Probably not a place that you would think would be suggested on a travel piece, I have been to the Doolin Pier a couple of times now, and the views are breathtaking. Doolin Pier is surrounded by beautiful land, the Atlantic ocean and The Cliffs of Moher.
A little shallow wading is okay, but keep in mind the ocean currents are very strong between the Doolin Pier and The Cliffs of Moher, no swimming allowed. 
The rocks are fun to play on and climb, whether you're 3 or 63!
The summer day that we went was beautiful and warm, here's Hazel and our girls

The Cliffs of Moher
If you prefer to climb up to the cliffs be sure to check the weather, upon writing this there was a wind warning and advisory not to visit the cliffs. Perhaps next time we will climb up to look over the cliffs, but we preferred to just sit on the rocks and admire it's beauty during this trip. Visit the Cliffs of Moher website before you travel.

The Burren
It's hard to explain the Burren, it's almost as if the rocks have grown like plants up through the land.
I wish I had more photos to share, but the first time we went to The Burren it was raining and the photos didn't come out well, and the 2nd time we went, it was sort of a drive by. So much to do, so much to see... 

The final thing I will bring up about the County Clare and what you should do while in Ireland, is enjoy and admire... 
Irish Beaches
I've been to tropical beaches on Guam, and enjoyed the sand between my toes in Fort Lauderdale and The Florida Keys, and though the water isn't as warm in Ireland, I assure you the beaches are just as beautiful. Some are rocky and some are sandy. On this day we were in Fanore, Co Clare.
The water was warm enough for the children to enjoy and digging bare feet into sand is always my idea of the perfect pedicure!
 You must agree, this beach is pristine and beautiful...
You must see the coast of Ireland for yourself, to truly appreciate its beauty.
If the photos weren't enough, here's a video as we drove part of the Atlantic Way
On a future trip, I would like to take my son Christopher, who has never been to Ireland, on a drive along the Great Atlantic Way, I need to get planning that!
My only hope in writing about County Clare, is to encourage you to also explore the magnificent country of Ireland!
Until next time, 

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