November 14, 2013

CarrowmoreI don’t even know how to start. It was June when Tomek’s parents were visiting. June?!, so like six months ago?! And only now I get to go through my photos!

Anyway, it was June. As usual we tried to schedule at least a short trip somewhere farther away from Dublin. Slowly it starts to be more and more difficult. We visited most of the most impressive areas closer to Dublin, or so we think. There are still many places to go, but they usually require at least three days. We usually have two. This time based on the proximity and that we actually never been there  we had chosen county Sligo. In my guide it was described as an enchanting place to visit, full of stories, poetry and legends. I love Irish beautiful beaches, romantic ruins and beautiful views, Tomek is more into caves, rocks and megalithic cemeteries. As you will see on the photos we found everything. Above you can see a burial chamber from Carrowmore. So rocks and cemeteries – checked!

Strandhill surfers beach - Sligo

Thanks to Magnumlady’s recommendations we stopped for some coffee and pastry at Shells Cafe in Strandhill.  I’m always amazed by Irish, seaside towns. You get this LA vibe, there are surfers everywhere, but it’s still Ireland, so it’s usually rainy and windy. As you see on the photo above, the weather was Irish, but there were still kids learning how to surf, there were people having a walk, in Shells Cafe there were smily, tanned and relaxed people selling us coffee. We actually followed the flow and had our coffees outside, admiring the view. I don’t know how I ended with no photos from inside or even outside. I actually had the best pastry ever over there and I’m hard to please, but this one was actually better than ones I make. Majestic Ben Bulben - Sligo Strandhill beach - Sligo

We didn’t spent too much time in Sligo itself, just a short walk to see this and that. sligo yeats statue Sligo - Irish doors random cup in a window

But Sligo Abbey is beautiful (ruins – checked).

Sligo Abbey

Ben Bulben it’s amazing formation, when you drive around the country you will see it from so many different angles, but every time it looks stunning.  Sligo beautiful beach

ben bulben

Majestic Ben Bulben - Sligo

Did I mention, that Irish weather is unpredictable, so beside the wind and grey sky in Sligo we also got sunny and warm weather in Rosses Point. It was actually lunchtime, so we found a pub with a outdoor area where we could sit, eat, admire a view and enjoy the sunshine.

And I want to say that grass is greener and softer in Ireland.
Rosses Point, Sligo

Sligo County is also called Yeats country, so wherever you go you will find places commemorating him, or his life. We visited his grave, but my eyes were actually drawn to beautiful detail on the church door next to it.  Drumcliff - Church door ornament

Below just a typical Irish road. Ireland is truly amazing. It is as beautiful as you could imagine.
Sligo road

Ireland horses Irish cow

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  • Reply Val November 14, 2013 at 22:28

    Beautiful photos and a great blog. Thanks for the mention :)

    • Reply Magda November 14, 2013 at 22:30

      Thank you Val. I may be slow with getting some posts, but if it weren’t for you I would never go to Shells Cafe. Sligo is beautiful, I hope we go back some time soon.

  • Reply Joanna November 18, 2013 at 04:47

    Piekne zdjecia!

    • Reply Magda November 18, 2013 at 10:04

      Dziekuje Joanno :)

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  • Reply liz September 25, 2014 at 20:20

    i loved this post. thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Magda September 26, 2014 at 13:20

      Hi Liz,
      Thanks for stopping by and telling me. It made my weekend even better :)

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