My new love affair is with Ireland. I realize this comes as no shock to anyone who is reading this. I am smitten in a very BIG way. Usually any place I visit, I tend to like…or love. But Ireland is different in many ways.
We went to Ireland to attend the Tbex conference…to learn…meet new people and connect with online friends…and to figure out the rest of our lives. Oh, and to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. We managed to accomplish most of our goals.
This was our first visit to the land of a 100,000 welcomes but it won’t be our last. Before I share our favorite thing about our time there, let me tell you a bit about the conference.
A handwritten welcome note with a box of chocolates was waiting in our hotel room. YUM!
Tbex (Travel Blog Exchange) was held in Killarney. 600 people from around the world attended…bloggers, travel writers, photographers, podcasters, tour guides. The many sponsors were detail oriented…reminded me of my Clinique days where every t was crossed and i was dotted. The entire town was involved…seriously. Look at those flags, they were everywhere.
The opening party was held at The Killarney Racecourse…green for days. This has to be one of the most beautiful racecourses I have visited. Food, drink, demonstrations, music and dance were provided. And transportation by Kerry Coaches.
This was a highlight! Really poor photo but you get the idea. They were amazing! If you ever have the opportunity to see this show, DO IT!
The conference had interesting breakout sessions, opportunities to visit with sponsors, and delicious FOOD. The lunches were unbelievable.
The closing night party was held at J. M. Reidys, a local pub. From the outside you would never imagine that 600 plus people could fit inside. I think it is some kind of magical building that grows as it needs to. We were in Ireland after all. Four bands were scattered through the building. Lots of music.
The next morning we were on a coach on our way to Limerick and more adventures.
Whisky tasting was new to me. I discovered I liked Powers the best. I don’t think that’s a good thing…
We had a full day with a small group of new friends, which was nice. I have finished my first article which should be published in November. Not spilling the beans, yet.
He really does have a Hello Kitty tattoo.
My favorite part of our time in Ireland was getting to know the local people and spending time with hubby. The conference was great but the chance to sit down and have a conversation with locals was the highlight for both of us. Actually, there was a HUGE GODWINK (I know…) which came from a local woman. She said she had a gift. Let me tell you, she DID! I have chills typing this.
This tribute to Monsignor O’Flaherty brought tears to my eyes. During WWII, he and his colleagues saved 6500 lives in Rome. His nickname was the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican. In fact, Gregory Peck portrayed him in the movie, ‘The Scarlet and the Black’.
He was awarded several medals including Commander of the British Empire. He was a local boy.
We were surprised to come across so many red deer. October is the annual rut and quite often we heard them before seeing them.
Can you tell I am smitten? Friday I leave for Paris. It’s bittersweet as that was one of J.W’s favorite places. If you are on IG, you know what I am bringing with me. He would be pleased.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and if you leave a comment, a double thanks.
Peace out as J.W. would say.