Ireland does not disappoint when it comes to the green factor and the amount of castles. The variety and vibrance of the green foliage and grass is just out of control. Add in natural land dividers made of either hedges or rocks covered in moss and wow it is simply incredible (you can imagine how fantastic the air quality is!) As we drove from northern Ireland down to Cork (where my family is from) I felt like every few minutes I was pointing out another castle to the kids. We decided to parr our long list of castles we wanted to see to four plus one we would just drive past (thats how we roll… literally) and we hit all but one on the drive down. Our favorite on the drive was Castle Kilkenny.
The city itself is right along a river and is just darling.
I wish we had been able to see it at night when the strung lights were all a glow.
^^^I just love this pic with the kids faces smashed up to a candy store window^^^
It was a gorgeous walk up the river to the castle.
It is always so nice to let the kids walk freely, kicking leaves and poking things with sticks etc.
There was no entrance fee to walk around the grounds and we thought that would be sufficient for us.
Chris and I enjoyed some down time talking about how crazy it would be to live in a castle while the cuties explored the grounds.
Chris took over for camera duty so I could run around with the kids and actually be IN a picture or two for a change, yes mom was actually on all these trips as well.
^^^I got a hair cut while visiting and looking at this picture I realize just how much was cut off, probably for the best though it needed it^^^
^^^I am tempted to go back to GAP and buy Sawyers sweater in my size ha!^^^
Chloe in particular was having a great time….
Until we told her it was time to go. Then it wasn’t so much fun.
After finally convincing her to get up and walk we loaded up the kids and drove the 15 minutes to the absolutely gorgeous Rock of Cashel castle.
I actually prefer my instagram picture to any of the DSLR’s I got. That doesn’t happen very often but the sunset had petered out by the time I got my DSLR out.
It was getting really dark by the time we got to the last castle of the day Cahir. It was our “drive by” castle and I think we made a good choice with that. Though who knows it could be super awesome inside, well never know.
The kids were pretty sick of castles by the end of the day and started whining when I told them we would be going to my favorite castle the next day. I may or may not have been very sympathetic with my reply of “when you are a daddy you can plan the vacation”. Yeah, not the best mommy moment. Don’t worry they ended up loving it! But thats for the next post!