A Star Wars Fan Geeks Out in Ireland

My husband has a lot of family in Ireland, so we go back to visit often. We try to make each trip a little different and see new things so on this past visit I was intent on visiting a couple of the Star Wars filming locations.

It’s no secret I’m a Star Wars fan! So I was pretty excited just to see the spots in real life where they filmed parts of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Our first stop was to the Kerry Cliffs and Skellig Micheal, home to the ancient island monastery that serves as Luke’s hideout, Ahch-To, and is featured in both movies.

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This is as close as I got

We arrived 30 min. past the last boat ride so we got to see the islands wayyyy off in the distance. It was still pretty cool. Actually getting on the island can be treacherous business, as it was the only excursion on our tourist map with a big red warning that said “deaths have occurred here.” It’s very steep and rocky so we thought maybe we should wait on bringing a toddler and plan for a future visit. It’s also recommended that you book ahead, as there are only a few boats that make the trip and they tend to book up. You can go around the island or book one that docks. Click here to read about a couple of bloggers who actually made it on the island and how they booked their trip. We made due with the replica beehive huts and the beautiful view from the cliffs.

The other place we visited was Loop Head in County Clare to view more beautiful cliffs, and one of the filming locations for Last Jedi. Apparently they were filming all up and down the west side of Ireland, known as the Wild Atlantic Way. All this scenery makes me want to watch the movies again and pay close attention to the locations!

I am going to plan ahead a little better on our next trip so we can actually go on the island and maybe see a few more spots. On a side note, I plan to add a trip to the Cliffs of Moher next time, which I haven’t seen in a few years and are always spectacular. You may know them by a different name though….they are the Cliffs of Insanity in The Princess Bride!

So who else enjoys visiting film locations from their favorite movies? What spots have you been to?

 

A Little Hello from Ireland

I’ve been in Ireland for a week now and haven’t had a chance to update the blog once! I was itching to post something but I’ve gone over my data limit and ATT has slowed my Internet to dial-up speed and most of my attempts to connect are just met with a little spinning wheel that tries in vain to connect. The Wi-Fi, when I can find it, doesn’t seem to be much better. I’m hoping to be able to post this on the day I actually write it!

It’s been a great vacation with a lot of adventuring. We’ve seen many castles, churches, ruins and rocks. The highlight for me so far was visiting the filming locations for the last couple Star Wars movies. (That will be a whole blog post on its own)

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Loop Head where they filmed The Last Jedi

We arrived in Dublin at 4:30 AM, and after getting our bags and rental car squared away, we got on the road to Rock of Cashel. We arrived around 7AM in a very quiet and empty town and soon discovered nobody in Ireland gets up until at least 10AM. Therein lies the secret of seeing places without the crowds- just get there before 10.

The castle ruins didn’t open until 9AM so we went searching for a place for breakfast and eventually got lucky with an early opening bakery. The guidebooks warned that Rock of Cashel can get pretty crowded, but we were the only people wandering around when it finally opened. It was pretty amazing having the whole place to ourselves!

Rock of Cashel is mine! All mine!

As we were leaving we saw loads of tour buses arriving bringing the crowds. By then we were ready for our next adventure!

Our vacation plans were pretty relaxed and our main goal was to just stop at anything that looked interesting on the drive from Dublin to Kilkee.

We maintained that plan each day as we set a destination and then stopped off along the way to explore.

So far we’ve visited the cliffs of Kerry, Loop Head lighthouse, The Burren, Rock of Cashel, Listowel Castle and various other castles, cliffs and places of interest.

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Field of flowers in Kilrush

We head back to Dublin tomorrow to wrap-up our trip with a tour of Guinness, a visit to Temple Bar and whatever else we can find in the city.

So bye for now! I’m off to try and get this to post. I’ve only been attempting to upload it for the last 45 minutes 😆

*also this is the first time I’ve tried posting using just my phone so I have no idea if my pics are enormous or if the layout is weird

Blogger on Vacation! Follow the Adventure on Instagram

We are getting ready to head to Ireland soon! I ambitiously planned to have blog posts scheduled to post throughout my trip, but that never happened so here we are with just a little “On Vacation” notice. If you’d like to keep up with our Irish adventure, I’ll still be posting on Instagram, as long as I can find Internet! @SewGeekMama

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This will be Keelan’s second trip! My husband’s family is from Ireland and most still live there so we try and visit every year or so. I’m sure this trip will provide me with plenty of blog material about traveling with a 3-year-old.

Hope you all are having a great summer and I’ll be back to posting at the end of this month!

Also, I’ll be visiting Dublin for the first time, so if you have any recommendations let me know!

The Colossal Hat Conundrum

We’ve been doing a lot of organizing and unpacking lately. Yesterday I ran across a big hat box and realized there was actually a hat inside. Not just A hat, but THE hat, as my husband calls it. It’s a hat with a story and a well-traveled history.

A few years ago my husband and I were invited to a family wedding in Ireland. My mother-in-law informed me I would be needing a dressy hat for the occasion. She said everyone would be wearing them and that people even rent them for special events! I’ve always been a fan of hats and jumped at the chance to go buy a fancy dress hat.

We arrived at Dillard’s to find that fancy hat selections were not all the plentiful but I did manage to find a lovely navy and white hat with a big burst of feathers. And since the special hat would be traveling overseas, I also bought a fancy hat box.

Have you ever wandered through an airport with a big hat box? Everyone has to ask you if there is a hat in there. I forgot to mention we decided if we were going that far, we might as well expand the trip, so I carried this hat from FL to NY, then to Paris, London, and finally to the wedding in Cong, Ireland.

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That’s quite a hat!

After dragging that hat from country to country, I was very excited for the wedding day. I did my hair, got dressed and proudly stuck my fancy hat on my head before walking downstairs. I sensed something was amiss when family members giggled and told me “that’s quite a hat.” Another commented that I must be ready for the horse races. There was no going back on the hat decision (hat hair) so I decided to see it through and told them all if I was going to wear a hat it was going to indeed be “quite a hat!”

We arrived at the wedding to find all the ladies wearing fascinators. Little cute fascinators! I took my seat in the back so I wouldn’t block anyone’s view with my colossal hat. Me, my mother-in-law and a few grandmas formed an impressive back row big hat posse where I at least finally got some genuine compliments on my magnificent hat choice.

I ditched the hat after the ceremony, but dutifully put it back in its box and travelled with it through Ireland and back to the states. All the way telling people “yes it’s a hat…and it’s fabulous.”

I do still have the hat and am saving it for just the right occasion. Like maybe opening day at the races. Kentucky Derby anyone?