At the beginning of August I had the chance to visit Ireland for the first time. My dad got remarried and decided on a destination wedding in Ireland bringing all 5 kids along (3 of his, 2 of hers). It was certainly an experience. The country is extraordinary. The landscape is just beautiful with the rolling hills, the sheep and cows peppering the hillside and the lush greenery everywhere, it is truly spectacular. In order to transport all 7 of us, my dad rented a 9 person van (see picture) that might have been the largest vehicle on the road in the country (only a slight exaggeration— I did see some large trucks) I’m surprised—and impressed— we didn’t have any issues with motion sickness given the bouncing in the van, the narrow winding roads and the jolting of a manual transmission on the opposite side of the road.
Despite the transportation, we visited Dublin, Kilkenny and Galway among other stops along the way. Before the trip I was most looking forward to the Cliffs of Moher (of the Cliffs of Insanity for those Princess Bride fans) and I was certainly not disappointed. We could not have asked for more beautiful weather and I hope to visit again someday… but probably use a smaller car.