Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bucket List Addition - Ireland

Top o the morning to ya!  (Contrary to popular belief, this phrase is rarely said in Ireland.)  Regardless, I've decided I definitely want a trip to Ireland to be officially on my Bucket List.

The husband/lover/best friend and I  started this St. Patrick's Day holiday in a most appropriate way, by eating some Limited Edition Lucky Charms with green marshmallow clovers.

 I had picked up a box of these several weeks ago, thinking I'd have a green activity day with my twin granddaughters, Tori and Brianna, but they are so sick with an intestinal flu that they aren't feeling any bit up to it today.

Anyway, as many of us do, we were reading the junk on the back of the box while eating, and I learned a few things about Irish customs.

If you hear the phrase "Erin go bragh," it translates to "Ireland Forever" in Gaelic.

If someone toasts you by saying "Slainte!" it means "Health!" or "Cheers!"

Irish legend has it that those who kiss the Blarney Stone in Ireland are given the "gift of gab."  When my husband read that one, he commented that my mother must have licked the whole stone.

As for the rest of the day, I spent a lot of the day trip planning.

 We've wanted to visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana ever since we learned of its existence.  So I was researching other sites of interest in that general area and trying to build a week long trip around them.

This adventure will come about sometime this June, so I'm adding it now to my list of "Upcoming Adventures" way down at the bottom of this page.

Other than that, I wondered a lot about leprechauns, and dreamed of finding a pot of gold.


  1. Ireland has been on my bucket list for a long time. I have no idea if I'll ever get there, but last fall I met my second-ever Irish people (the first were in 1981). The RV hall of fame, well, not on my list. But I bet there's lots of places on my list that will never find their way onto yours! Bon Voyage!

  2. Don't forget "craic!" It's pronounced "crack," and Irish people use it in a whole bunch of ways. "What's the craic tonight?" Or, "Oh it was great craic!" Aka what's going on, or it was a lot of fun, etc. Slainte!

  3. My motor-home don't float so I will have to wait till the Atlantic freezes over. Oh, I forgot, I don't have a pass port.

  4. If you get a chance while in the Elkhart area, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum is one of the best car museums we've been to. So many good restaurants in that area - especially the Amish ones. If I have to fly someplace, it's not on my bucket list.

  5. Don't tell me you live in Indiana. During all of my blogging years in New Albany, I NEVER met another Hoosier. Now that I've been "put away" in Florida, I'm finding more and more people living in the land I love. I used to enjoy visiting Brown County, as well as the "500" in Indianapolis.

    crap. Now I'm homesick again.

  6. Twenty years since I've been there but I still remember seeing more shades of green than anywhere else I have ever been.

    While your in Elkhart and nearby Goshen you could plan to visit the manufacture of your trailer. Taking the factory tour lets you see first hand how they are built.

    All the comments you've ever heard of Amish cooking are true. If you visit Esenhaus restaurant in Middleberry more then twice during your stay you will meed to replace your wardrobe.

    Visiting the Shipshewana Flea Market is unlike any other. Very little used stuff and you are pretty well guaranteed to walk away with something you couldn't live without. Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  7. I, too, long to visit Ireland!