The Castles of Ireland. I’ll meet you there.

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St. Patrick’s Day has always been an insignificant holiday for me. I’m not Irish, I don’t like corned beef and cabbage, I don’t drink, and I’m not a fan of parades. I also had a family tragedy on this day, now twenty years ago. However, I do find the green clothes, silly hats, and “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirts amusing.

As a traveler, my mind immediately wanders to Ireland. St. Patrick is its patron saint, but I am drawn to its green landscape. When I close my eyes and picture Ireland, I see rolling hills of meticulously cultivated green grass. Not just plain green, but the kind of luminous green you only find in a Crayola 64 box, stuffed near the yellows.

If you close your eyes and imagine Ireland, what do you see?

I almost made it to Ireland in 2018; hotel and flight booked and bags packed. Hours before heading to the airport the dreaded text arrives: your flight has been canceled. A blizzard hit Ireland and a status red warning was issued for the entire country. It was on virtual lockdown, no flights in or out. Sound familiar?

Although my trip was for a conference, my intent was to explore the country’s most famous castles. I am fascinated by castles, which you may remember from my post on NYC’s own Belvedere Castle. I’m not interested in playing the damsel in distress; but, I am enchanted by the history they hold and their primitive, yet so far advanced, architecture and construction.

But alas, I have found another way to explore castles that I’d like to share with you: virtual tours! On Visit Virtual Tours, you can visit locations around the globe right from your couch.

Here you can find a virtual experience of Ireland’s castles.

So while we are quarantined in our homes, let’s travel to Ireland tonight. I’ll meet you there.

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