"One of the greatest things in human life is the ability to make plans. Even if they never come true - the joy of anticipation is irrevocably yours. That way one can live many more than just one life."

Maria Trapp-The Story of the Trapp Family Singers - Ch. 12 p. 4

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

- St. Augustine

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

When to Go????

One of the first things that comes up in conversation (after you get over the shock) is, "When do we go?!"

This simple question brought up many questions and possible complications for us.

Being who I am, I of course started researching Ireland online immeadiately. I love Google. It may be secretely running the world while we blithely go about our lives and use it to answer all life's questions, but I'm content to be blithe. "Best time of year to visit Ireland." "When to visit Ireland" "Best weather in Ireland" "May in Ireland" "September in Ireland"

After a few such Gooogle searches and a bit of time reading the results I came to at least one decision. We want to go in the so-called "shoulder season." Why? Beacause, when I visit a place I like to see the real thing. The height of tourist season means there's a million other people everywhere you want and what you see is whatever the location you're visiting want to sell you. Shoulder season means you still get some of the benefits of good weather, open visitor locations, etc., without the maddening crowds. You get to see some of the real people and how they really live. Off season does this as well, but you usually have bad weather to deal with and many of the museums, historical locations and other vistors centers will be closed. Shoulder season also means you get better prices on things like hotels, admissions, packages and more. So, it's shoulder season for me!

Shoulder season in Ireland means May or September.

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