But now we're off on a new adventure! A new and very likely terrifying adventure, for as we pulled into the Dan Dooley rental car place, another tourist had just been in a head on collision (perhaps they just tell all Americans that to encourage good, scared driving?). Little did we know, the only thing about to be more terrifying than the driving was what we were driving.
Meet the Ford Transit Van! It's smooth, slick, and stylish, and winner of the International Van of the Year for 2007. It's quite popular here, to say the least.
Nope. That's not a joke. It's also a manual and will be stalled a total of 3 times during the trip (twice during the first day).
But hey, at least it's got a bit of leg room and lots of luggage space. Which is saying a lot for a traveling group of 6 people.
We began our trip out of Dublin (and our brave chauffuer's intro
The gardens could easily take a full day to explore, and with a long skirt and an entourage, you'd think you were walking through "Pride and Prejudice." From long flower beds full of roses easily bigger than two fists to Japanese waterfalls and little Fairy Gardens with their moss covered walls and petite stone arches, the gardens are 47 acres of incredible beauty that you could only find in Ireland (likely because it's the only place with nearly enough water to support it. Honestly, this rain has to stop.)