Wicklow, or Ireland's Garden, is the area surrounding Dublin. We took a day trip out with a company called Wild Wicklow Tours - I don't think I have ever spent a better 25 Euro! It started going through the ritzier part of town, and we saw some gorgeous houses:
We stopped at another Avoca, but I didn't make it in before I got a delicious roasted pork sandwich. It was served on a toasted ciabatta bread, with a pumpkin apple sauce and spicy mustard.
Once I made it in, I was super impressed. Avoca has some amazing desserts! If I get the Avoca's cookbooks, all these desserts and more are yours to eat...
When I got back on the bus, the bus driver and tour guide Steve asked if I wanted to make my coffee Irish... well OF COURSE I DO!
In case you were wondering, that places me at a piece of cake, a pork sandwich, a coffee and a few shots of Jameson. It was 11:15 am. We continued on our way to see the beautiful countryside. Sorry for the rain spots, it was pouring and I was taking the photos from inside the bus:
Ireland has a lot of sheep, and a lot of cows. Some cows were in the road... blocking our bus...
We stopped at the lake owned by the Guinness family - it was windy and rainy, but it was awesome:
We also went to the bridge from the movie PS I Love You - I haven't seen it, but now I want to!
For lunch, I had a beef and Guinness stew, which was absolutely fabulous!
In the afternoon, we went to St. Kevin's, which has a cool round tower, an old graveyard and church, and some awesome walking paths:
Apparently, if a girl runs counterclockwise around the round tower three times, she will be married within a year... 19 is a little young, so I didn't partake in that tradition, but there are others which I did succumb to. Rumor has it, if you can touch fingers around his cross, anything you wish will come true! I could reach, but I'll never say what I wished for:
On the way back, we drove through Van Morrison's neighborhood, and saw Jonathan Rhys Meyer's favorite local cafe (as those are two of my favorite gents, I was extremely excited). In any case, I couldn't have wished for a better day (sorry, I couldn't help it... the pun was crying out for me).