We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have been a tourist in Ireland twice, long ago. Ten days and you can get the gist of the interesting and charming sights on the whole island. In this way, I think Ireland is like Southern France and Scotland. I mean that these are fine places just to be in, and not to be a tourist. Delightful getaways without frantic running and driving around.
Ireland has a number of great house inns/hotels, some near golf and some not. A favorite is Ballyfin which is not near any famous golf. It's about horseback, cycling, hiking, reading, dining, and immersing onseself in the green Irish countryside.
In our two GB trips 20 years ago, one was England-Scotland, the other was England-Ireland-Wales. Both times we felt there was more to see in London, bu there was little draw to be there. It was like New York, Los Angeles, any big city, just with a different flavor. In Ireland we felt "we could live here. These are good people to be with."
The granddaughters are now coming into range for educational trips, and our plan is to go to a smaller village in Ireland and just day trip to Newgrange, Giant's Causeway and the like.
Assistant Village Idiot
I had written a lengthy comment about Ireland but it disappeared. Ireland is a wonderful place to let your body and soul take a deep breath and relax. Do the small towns and historical sites. Buy a book for driving and see sites that aren't huge tourists traps. So much history and so under appreciated. This fall with be our fifth trip in seven years.