Two years ago, we jetted over to Northern Ireland for our friends' wedding, the most lovely moment in huddle of old stone buildings on the coast. We didn't bring the camera that night, but we traveled around the country with friends for the better part of a week. I shared some of that trip two years ago, but never finished posting the photos.
After our beautifully restful stop in Portnoo, we drove up the coast all the way to the top of the island, and stopped at the Giant's Causeway, a landscape feature believed to be created in a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. You have to pay a fee to enter the museum and then hike down, but I found the hike to be one of the best parts of the trip, because it was quiet and sunny and shielded by green hills.
We turned a corner to thousands (40,000!) of perfect hexagonal stepping stones down the sea, crystal calm.
I could have sat still on those stones for hours; the sea was so incredibly still.
I was surprised to find it so much larger than I'd imagined, even for one of the most photographed landmarks in the country. Look at those tiny people!
We continued on our trip down the coast back to Belfast, our friend Mikey awesomely chauffeured us the whole way--we took the most scenic and slightly longer route which held surprises around each corner.
And of course, the road always led somewhere greener next!
It was such a treat to see the landscape without worrying about the next turn, knowing we were in safe hands. Until next time, Emerald Isle!