Leaving Dublin, sad yet excited. I was already feeling that 2 weeks wouldn’t be quite enough. I recall all the people I’d met that had vacationed in Ireland and since, return every year. Some have even moved there! Now I know why.
The morning was blissfully cool and overcast. I snapped several pictures of the views during the drive to Castle Ward.
On the way, we passed Down Cathedral where St Patrick is buried.
Castle Ward, A house divided…
The most interesting thing concerning Castle Ward its dual architecture, representing the differing tastes of Lord Bangor and his wife, Lady Ann Bligh. While the entrance side of the building is done in a classical Palladian style with columns supporting a triangular pediment, the opposite side is Georgian Gothic with pointed windows, battlements and finials. This difference in style continues throughout the interior of the house with the house divide down the centre. I tried to capture the differing sides in the following photo. Note the two styles of windows.
We actually spent less time in the house with the lure of hiking the grounds and a picnic in the victorian sunken gardens awaited. And, the most exciting part. . .the old farmyard where they filmed Winterfell from Game Of Thrones!
Victorian Sunken Gardens.
Hiking down to Winterfell
After an afternoon at Castle Ward, we travelled on to Portaferry. Portaferry is a small charming town in County Down, Northern Ireland. It has a marina and we boarded the ferry on our journey to Belfast.
If I may, I’d like to offer a couple observations.
One more thing…..
Go to any public bathroom in the US… You know how the paper is always a like some sort of ultra thin wax paper? It’s “dodgy” at best. Not so here in Ireland. Very thick and lush everywhere you go and traveling completely around the country in 2 weeks…you make a lot of stops.
To the tree huggers out there, don’t say that it’s because we are more preservation minded. Untrue. They live on a small island with limited resources yet huge recyclers, most hotels don’t have AC (weather to nice to need usually) and wildly frugal. We generate mad amounts of paper waste but toilet paper is where we want to skimp????? No thank you! Hahahaha
Secondly, gas stations….we’re just not doing them right, here in the states. This is a gas station in Ireland. …