286. Dunguaire Castle, Ireland

After the memorable journey from Manchester, Allison and I arrived in Dublin early in the morning and headed to the tour office. We’d booked a local tour by Paddywagon to explore the Cliffs of Moher (ie the place Westlife shot ‘My Love’) because there was no way we could find it on our own within our time constraint.

Paddywagon tours came highly recommended to us, and we quickly found out why. Perhaps it’s the Irish charm (or the accent) but our driver/tour guide was brilliant and kept us awake laughing despite getting minimal sleep the night before!

The first stop on the tour was Dunguaire Castle, a 16th-century tower house. Apparently during the summer months, a medieval banquet is held every night, complete with costumed performers (!!), with recitals of Irish literature & traditional Irish music. I was quite upset I couldn’t catch it, because seriously, the history buff in me would have died of delirium, but oh well. :p

I’ve visited a few castles prior to this (check out the TudungTravels tab if you’re interested) and all of them came forth the same – dark, dingy and swampy. No wonder the Spanish/English royals loved the airy Moorish palaces when they invaded Andalucia, and incorporated the designs into their castles henceforth! (See Seeking Spain tab)

I particularly loved the flowers growing sparsely around the castle. It reminded me that in the toughest of places, there is beauty to be found. ❀

Lots of love,
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