The Jackman/Caber Travelogue, Part 1: Ireland

If you’ve been following along on my Facebook page, you no doubt know that Dirk and I just spent a week in Ireland and a week in England. It was an absolutely amazing trip. My mom turned was about to turn 75, and we’d been talking about taking a trip to Ireland for years; when we got word that there would be a big family reunion in London on November 9, we had just the excuse we needed to get off our butts and plan our vacation. Mom and I surprised Dirk on his birthday (September 13) with a plane ticket across the pond, and the three of us left for the Emerald Isle on the day before Halloween.

I’d expected the Irish landscape to be physically beautiful, and it definitely exceeded my expectations. It was stunning. But what I really loved about the country was not the countryside but the people. Everyone we met during our travels from Dublin across to Galway and then down to Limerick were incredibly friendly, engaging, and genuine. We made a ton of friends and will absolutely be back, hopefully soon.

Here are a few of the pictures I took during our trip, as well as a video of a really entertaining musician who impressively plays his pint of Guinness with a spoon, takes a sip, puts it down, picks up a second spoon, and keeps on playing… all as my mom looks on. (Filmed at Taaffes Bar, Shop Street, Galway, Ireland on November 3, 2014.)

Coming soon: Our pics from England!

10 replies
  1. Frank Knottyfor
    Frank Knottyfor says:

    I’ve also been to Ireland and agree—the people are wonderfully hospitable and the landscape amazingly beautiful. But the food……a great place to go on a diet. I tried the Irish breakfast; once was enough.

    For anyone reading this blog I’d offer this advice: don’t even consider driving in Ireland. It’s not that the people are bad drivers but sitting on the “wrong” side of the car, driving on the “wrong” side of the road, on roads with 6 foot high stone walls at the edge so there’s no shoulder…..not good.

    Looking forward to your English adventures!

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      I agree with you on one count and disagree with you on the other. Driving in Ireland was… I guess a good word would be “exhilarating.” The roads are really narrow, and people drive super fast. At one point the speed limit was 100 kph, and I was going about 80… And yet my mom was telling me to slow down! The food, though… man, I could eat that every day for the rest of my life. I’d be 700 pounds, but I’d be happy! We had all you can eat Irish breakfast every morning that we were there, and it was incredible. I’ve been dieting like crazy since then just so I can get ready for my shoot in 2 weeks. It’s hard work, but I have to say the breakfast in Ireland was totally worth it. At least for me. 🙂

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      • Frank Knottyfor
        Frank Knottyfor says:

        I have a good email-friend in Ireland and he’s forever regaling me with his epicurean adventures but when I was there I only found one place where the food was good, in Kinsale (the chef had worked in NYC for 10 years, so maybe that was part of it).

        I’m glad you ate well even if I didn’t. Vegetables in particular were cooked into mush and meat was always well-done no matter how you ordered it.

        But the people were beyond wonderful!!!

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      • Ken
        Ken says:

        LOL! I’m not sure if I’d pick “exhilarating,” but I can relate. I went to Ireland on my own last year and rented a car. I never buy the optional insurance but this time I bought it all. Mercifully. I have never in my life torn up a car that much in one week. I lost a hubcap, scratched the hell out of the left AND right side of the car, etc. Not only is there the reversed lanes from what we’re used to, there’s the reversed driver’s side/shift/mirror/etc. It’s a lot more than one bargains for…
        I have amazing memories of the people in Ireland. I went as a stranger to my grandmother’s village and left 6 hours later a friend and celebrity (“Are you that guy from America looking for his family?”)

        What a great place. Hope you guys had a great trip. Love the pic at the Cliffs of Moher.

        Happy turkey day

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  2. Helena Stone
    Helena Stone says:

    Gosh, I can’t believe you haven’t been contacted by Bord Failte (Irish Tourist Board) yet, you’re doing a wonderful job showing off my adopted home country. And I love what you’re saying about the people you met because many Irish people seem to think that isn’t true anymore. It’s good to hear we still live up to our ‘a hundred thousand welcomes’ reputation.
    17 years here haven’t converted my to the full Irish yet but both my husband and daughter indulge more often that not.
    Had to laugh when I read what you wrote about driving here. I’m forever giving out to other drivers going slower than the speed limit. I guess that’s one area where I adapted quite well 🙂

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  3. Adam
    Adam says:

    All I’ve gotta say is wow!!! So Jealous that you got to see Ireland…Beautiful pictures, and the breakfasts sound unreal. I can only imagine what it must’ve been like driving those country roads. I cant wait till I get to see a little bit of the old country someday. Ive never travelled like that outside of the east coast. That’ll beat a trip to the Cape any day!

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