Postcard from Ireland: Along Dingle’s Slea Head Drive and the Great Blasket Island
While on a short stroll at one of the many incredible vistas along Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula, my husband sighed and said, “You can bury me right here.”
No words from me were required so I squeezed his hand while understanding exactly what he meant. Two locals overheard his comment and said, “This is about as close to heaven as we will get on this earth.”
Having flown into Shannon Airport, this was one of the first times we experienced the beauty of Ireland and the warmth of its people at the same time. It would be far from the last time. I asked them if they ever tire of or become jaded by the beauty of their land. We were very pleased to learn that it never becomes commonplace and that they wake up every morning appreciating what they have.
My husband is an avid, amateur photographer, and he kept nearly 2,000 photos from our month-long stay in Ireland. When I asked him to choose the most beautiful photo he took for this assignment, he said that he could perhaps come up with the top 100 or certainly the top 500, but to narrow it down to the most beautiful is an impossible task.
As with many Irish places, the natural beauty is often supported with ancient ruins, legends or a special kindness, and this scene was no exception. The photo includes the Great Blasket Island in the distance, the boat representing man’s presence but also his ability to be there without ruining it, and the charm and friendliness of the two officials making this one of many wonderful Irish memories for us.
Helen — Bowling Green, Kentucky
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