Dublin was okay, but I don’t even care much for big cities in Canada, so it didn’t have much of an appeal for me. We did do the hop on/hop off bus to see the sights though, and there is way more history there than in Canada. We also did a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher and saw some nice views on the way there and the way back.
The Isle of Man had quite a draw for me, though. We had a lovely room facing the sea in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man. From there, we could walk to the shops and take tours to anywhere on the island. We hired a taxi to drive us south and the sights were amazing. We stopped several places for a walk around and pictures: Rushen Abbey, Castle Rushen and a lovely farm along the way too. How beautiful it was!
I have to say that Peel Castle was my favorite. We had a taxi drive us directly there on another day. The original part of the castle was built in the 11th century. Imagine that! Parts of it are still standing. It was so amazing. There were even two different churches that were part of the structure. We stayed late that evening to get some pictures of the sunset that we were told were amazing. We were not disappointed.
Another day, we took the electric train north, to see the east coastline and visit Ramsey. It was a lovely little town on the coast. But I have to say that I didn’t feel as at home as I did in Peel.
Well, one day, if I win big on the lottery, I shall buy a home there. The Isle of Man is so lovely and steeped in history. It would be a wonderful place to retire and spend the rest of my life writing.