Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Dromoland Castle

Cape:  asos  |  Sweater:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Scarf:  TJ Maxx (similar here)  |  Hat:  Halogen (similar here)  |  Denim:  Banana Republic  |  Booties:  DV by Dolce Vita

I love neutrals and this cape caught my eye right away!  I loved the high collar (of course) and it is just so warm!  It was perfect to pack for our windy days in Ireland (even though most of them were filled with rain showers)!  The wide brimmed hats weren't super practical either, but it worked for the times we explored the towns and pubs!  


Ireland Part II:

Our second day was just as blustery as the first, but we were able to get right up and head to the Cliffs of Moher for some sight seeing.  We didn't make it very far other than up the steps to the tower as the wind was so strong people were literally blowing away and skidding across the the wet grass!  We had to even hang on to the wall to get back down the stairs.  We were pretty much soaked by the time we left and not too long after they closed the cliffs.  We immediately headed back to the B&B to throw our pants in to dry and then headed down to O'Connor's for some warmth by the fireplace.  John got the fish and chips (I snuck some) and I had an amazing bowl of chowder - I think I'm addicted to brown bread now!  I also topped it off with an Irish coffee - it just warmed me right up!

Our next stop took a bit of driving.  We hopped back in the car (this time with our luggage) and drove along the coast to Lahinch where we saw the beautiful coastal (surfing!) town and peaks of sun sneaking through the clouds.  We were going to stop by and see the beautiful art work of a local artist, Phillip Morrison, but unfortunately he was closed this time of year.  I'll have to make another trip to see the new pieces!  After that we finally made our way to Dromoland Castle.  Frank & Mary Ellen treated John and I to afternoon tea and the beautiful Presidential Suite.  It really was everything you could imagine!  As I'm not normally a tea drinker, it was however quite delicious.  The trio of trays full of tea sandwiches and desserts were to die for!  We were treated as a king and queen that day!

Finally, John and I settled in our room which consisted of a large entry, a whole open wardrobe room, a large sitting room and bedroom and pretty much the largest bathroom I've ever seen.  Everything was covered in a soft floral print, complimentary stripes or neutrals but somehow it was very tasteful and soothing.  ...But really the bathroom I could have lived in and I think I could have been lost in that bed!  The bathroom had a large round tub with jets and a steam shower along with his and hers sinks, but plenty of room for a girl to get dolled up in.  I just may have to book two nights there next time to really enjoy it! ;)  After settling in, and still being full from tea, we just decided to head out to grab a few informal drinks at a nearby restaurant since there was a wedding going on at the castle and we weren't feeling up to being "too" formal.  I.E. I did not bring very fancy clothing for such an event!  It wasn't anything too fancy, but Frank ran into some local friends and thereafter we called it a night.

Looking ahead I won't go day by day for you, but these two days were a special treat!  I wanted to share them in a bit more detail!  I'll be sure to share more of our travels and recommendations on our trip in Ireland here over January! :)

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