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Autumn 2016 Travels in Europe: Bright and Beautiful

Friday, October 28, 2016 – Kilkenny, Ireland

A sunny, just right temperature day greeted us in thoroughly Irish Kilkenny. I don’t think it could get more Irish than this–Kelly green fields, signage in Gaelic, early Middle Ages architecture, Irish Pubs galore, spoon players on the street, Irish Food and Music Fair, Irish flags, castles and cathedrals–yes, this is Ireland. I even think I saw a leprechaun. 😉

We enjoyed walking the streets and looking into buildings and reading signage. Kilkenny Castle is right in the heart of the city. Magnificent. We walked the bucolic grounds, with green fields on gently rolling hills as far as the eye could see. Here and there school boys in uniform were playing the Celtic game, “hurling,” with the sharp clack of the stick on the ball. The trees boasted amazing fall colors, and our walk was delightfully peaceful, or “good for the soul,” as I phrased it.

We were in for a treat at the oldest pub in Kilkenny, known for its traditional food and music. Can you put yourself in a place that has been serving food and drink from 1324? And then hear an Irish story tune by a melancholy singer that fills the space as you eat an Irish feast? We were so blessed. It was a bright and beautiful day. WEG


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