We have just come back from southwest Ireland where we spent two weeks in a warm and cozy cottage with an open fire. It was one of the wettest summers in recorded history, but we did not mind.
We rented the Maple House, one of a number of house rentals that is a part of the Cashelfean Homes group. Each home is different and unique. The kitchens are fully equipped . . .
. . . as is the rest of the house as well. It is just as if you were home. When the weather didn't cooperate, we stayed indoors by a warm fire reading or preparing our meals.
The southwest of Ireland is breathtakingly beautiful with subtropical plants, huge fucisias and blue hydrangeas.
We saw deserted houses whose owners might have left for the USA in the 19th century . . .
. . . and visited pubs whose owners were called O'Sullivan, Murphy and O'Brien.
We could watch the walrus sunning themselves on the rocks just a few minutes' walk from our house.
There are dramatic cliffs at the coast, peninsulas with small harbours, steep mountains, moors, waterfalls and lot of sheep.
We have decided to go back there next year, as it was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had! And leave a little space in your baggage to buy woolen sweaters and raincoats!
Maria & Dieter
We are a German couple living near the romantic Rhine valley and the cities of Cologne and Bonn in Germany. Three years ago we met Susan through the internet and have become great friends. We have so much in common and share a passion for antiques, good food and traveling, that it is fun to meet and do things together. Over the last 3 years we have met Susan and her sister Eileen in Paris, Germany and the USA. We are already planning our next trips to Provence and Prague and Dieter and I feel honored to provide photos, comments, reports and recipes from Europe to Susan and Eileen's blog.