Connemara, Ireland Images
My sister lives in a small village in County Galway, Southern Ireland close to Lough Corrib. The Lough (lake) was hauntingly beautiful on the October day we arrived. The early morning mist hung low, then as the sun rose higher it pierced through to the surface, which mirrored the surrounding purple mountains and blue sky. Wild blood-red Fuchsias grew along the hedgerows along with wild Iris and Poppies. Ireland is truly different, not just because of the flora and landscape, but because of the way the light plays on the different textures and shapes of the terrain.
That afternoon my sister and I visited Connemara; just a few miles from Lough Corrib. Connemara is a visual delight; from the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through the lakes of Roundstone, to the golden beaches reaching to the Atlantic Ocean. The light constantly changes the mood and tone of purple mountains, silver loughs and emerald green hills and valleys. As such, Connemara has long been regarded as the jewel of Ireland. We saw some of the famous ponies (wild for centuries and still to this day roam free) which just add to the charm of the place.
The people are warm, friendly and extend a hospitality which is the essence of Ireland. We found it amazing that grass and flowers grow right down to the beach and the cows sit on the sand waiting until low tide, swim over to one of the islands to eat the sweet grass, and then swim back on the next low tide!
We were equally amazed that a grocery or clothes or paint shop is also a bar. The locals are kind and love Americans. They will entertain you with their jokes and wonderful Irish music; all they want in return is for you to drink with them and tell them about yourself. Southern Ireland is a truly magical and wonderful place ~ well worth a visit if you ever get the chance.
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