Vacation, Part 4 (and the end at last!)

Sorry everyone for the delay, but something came up that sidetracked us here.  And you know how that goes, one thing happens and then it just throws everything out of whack!  But we didn’t forget, and here are the last of the vacation pics!

Tramore has a cool place right in the middle of town that has recently opened called the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens.  It is a place designed to celebrate the life of Patrick Lafcadio Hearn who lived in Tramore at one time.  He also lived in Greece, the US and Japan.  His story is very interesting and very sad at times, if you’d like to read more, you can check it out here:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafcadio_Hearn

The gardens were very pretty, but because of the time of year, full of pollen and we were all sneezing!!  Mom’s friend Zoe had come over from London to meet up with us and she was having a terrible time.  We did get a couple of nice pictures though.

 

After our visit to the gardens, we all went and had a nice lunch where Zoe’s fiancé, John, decided to surprise us by showing up!  He and mom are good friends and he had told her he wasn’t going to be able to make it, but was able to after all.  I laughed when mom said she wasn’t sure if she was going to hug him or punch him!  Afterwards we headed to the local radio station where mom, dad, Zoe and John were actually on the radio along with mom’s friend who worked there.  It was pretty cool hearing them on the radio.  (We were sad to learn shortly after we got back to the US that the station closed due to financial issues.  😦 )

The following morning we headed towards Dublin because we had a very early flight the next day.  Mom had arranged to meet up with another friend who lived near there for lunch.  We had so much fun getting to meet all of these people in real life that she has met through various ventures online.  Hopefully we will get to go back soon.  After lunch, we headed back to our hotel room to relax because we knew we had a long day ahead of us to get home, we were up for 25 hours straight due to layovers and all.  We made it though!

In the previous post I had mentioned that we stopped so I could do some toy shopping.  We went to a store named Smyth’s, mom knew about it from a previous trip to Ireland.  It is a chain, and it reminded me a lot of Toys R Us, it was pretty large and had a nice selection of stuff.  Check out all of this Our Generation and Lori!!!

(sorry for the poor photos, a combination of mom using her cell phone AND being so excited to see all of this stuff)

They even had a decent selection of Glitter Girls!

We were good though, we didn’t buy anything in that section.  Mom was excited to get a good look at the Our Generation beach house, it’s really cool.  When she told dad about it, he said “why didn’t you buy it?”  Mom just rolled her eyes at him and said “because it wouldn’t fit in the suitcase!!”  Dad’s so funny sometimes.

I did get two things there though.  Are you ready to see my souvenirs from our trip?

First off, I got this really pretty necklace.  It’s called a Trinity Knot, and it’s a design you see a lot in different Irish goods, especially jewelry.

I also got this adorable stuffed sheep!  My friend Alya has one that she got from Ireland and I was so happy to find one to take home!

At Smyth’s I found two things I really wanted.  Luckily one of the things were on sale and mom added a little money to what I had with me so I was able to get them both.

My friend Alya collects Calico Critters and she told me that they had lots of them in Ireland.  Over there they call them Sylvanian Families.  And she wasn’t kidding about them having a lot to choose from, it was really hard to decide, but I finally chose this little guy.

I thought he was just adorable, and I loved the little crib.  Of course there was a catalog inside the box too, so I can figure out what I want to get next!

 

I also got this cool doll set, on the back of the box it showed other things you could get, but I really liked this set in particular.

Now Louisa and I can play with our dolls together!

Mom thought the carrier was especially interesting since it could be carried or with the wheels attached, although it’s kind of short for me to push.

I did get some other stuff in Ireland, but mom is saving that for a later post, she wants to do a review on it.  Plus it’s mostly stuff for school (ugh) so I’d rather not think about it for a few more weeks anyhow!

I hope you enjoyed the posts about our trip to Ireland.  I have another adventure to share with you soon, hopefully we will get all caught up on posts in the not so distant future.

~Mimi

 

 

 

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