Today went a little differently than planned. I still have dishes to do....whatever. I wanted to go to the Cliffs of Moher, BUT the weather was really rainy and misty and not cooperating. So, what better indoor activity than doing a whiskey tour and tasting?
Off I headed to Tullamore, in the middle of Ireland. It's about 120km from me, so about 2 hours driving. I packed overnight things just in case I didn't want to come all the way back. I arrived at the Visitors Centre (http://www.tullamoredew.com/our-birthplace) around 1:00pm. The next tour would be at 2:30, so I decided to have lunch. Mussels and fries. Pretty delicious.
The tour was pretty fun. At only 9 Euros, for a one-hour tour and then a tasting of three of their whiskeys at the end, I thought it a pretty good bargain. The tour ended up being very informative, and I learned a lot. I also think I may have found my destiny while I was there!! I found this: www.irelandwhiskeytrail.com . I don't really know what it entails, but I think I'm going to incorporate at least some of it. Oh, and I did bring back a bottle of the whiskey that is only produced and available at the Visitor Centre. For special occasions only, of course.
My drive took me through four counties: Clare, Galway, Tipperary and Offaly. On my way back tonight, I got a good look at Lough Derg. I'm going back to Mountshannon to do some exploring of the town, and the lake. And, the sky is so clear and brilliant right now, I feel like I could reach up and bring Orion right down in the palm of my hand. A million glittering faces in the velvet night looking down on us. I know for sure I'm staying in the right place. I missed the gentle hills and forests of County Clare after being out of it today.
Tomorrow my plan is to go to the Cliffs of Moher, Loop Head, Doolin...wherever else the road takes me. I've gotten used to driving on the other side of the car and road. I'm pretty proud of myself for making it to Tullamore and back with little to no mishaps. And, even driving part of the way back in the dark. And believe me, I wish the brights had another level. It gets that dark here. Tonight I'm staying in, cooking up some steak and mushrooms, and enjoying a cold, Extra Stout Guinness. Cheers to the weekend!!