Going through my camera bag, and I realized there is a bunch of great stuff I have not shared. I am not sure how time got away from me.
This past Christmas and New Year, we took my mom and dad on a trip to Ireland. For Maureen and I, it was a return trip. We had gone there for our honeymoon two years earlier. But for mom and dad and the rest of the family, it was their first time.
Maureen and I took to the air a little earlier than everyone else, flying out of Chicago on December 23rd, and landing in Manchester, England for an 8 hour layover on Christmas Eve. A rainy morning, we took the train into the city and walked about the wet streets. Although I am sure there are many lovely things to see in Manchester, our tired bodies were really just not ready for the walk we forced ourselves to take, and the highlight was a Full English Breakfast (eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms,beans, fried toast and blood sausage), and a strong cup of coffee. I ate everything except the blood sausage.
We did manage to take this exhausted picture of us outside Manchester Cathedral before heading back to the airport. And once we got back to the airport, my body shut down. I do not sleep on airplanes, so when we found a couch, my body sent me into an instant coma.
After a 45 minute flight, a fight at the car rental counter, and about two hours on the road, we finally arrived at our intended destination, Stab City. Limerick seems to have gotten a bad reputation over the years, and it was given the unwelcome title of Stab City, but we found the town quite welcoming. Our stay was very short, but we enjoyed a Christmas morning walk along the River Shannon. On our way to the river, we took some pictures at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Along the river, we found King John’s Castle.
King John’s Castle was finished in the year 1212, and although portions of the castle were lost during the Siege of Limerick in 1642, what remains is still the original structure.
Much of the city was closed for the holiday, but we still met some people walking along the river that morning, and the local wildlife seemed to enjoy the nice weather that morning too.