You know what that is? That’s Ireland as seen from space. Pretty cool, no? Ireland happens to be one of the places I have on my ‘bucket list’ of places I’d like to visit before I get old – my late father-in-law and his late girlfriend went over there every year for about 30 years and would usually spend a month at a time there, since his girlfriend was originally from there.
They always regaled us with stories of their trips – apparently my late FIL was quite handy at finding out-of-the-way places to visit, simply by venturing off the beaten path and offering to mow the grass at various farms in exchange for a place to sleep and a good Irish meal. How fun would that be?
No, that’s not a picture of one of his Ireland visits, that’s in the front portion of our backyard – since he couldn’t travel to Ireland any longer, he used to come up every week and mow our grass just because he wanted to, and because he could. Plus he always joked that making the hour plus drive to visit us was the perfect way to “get him away from all the old people” at his retirement home. Ahem.
He even brought that lawnmower up in his trunk each week until we finally bought one of those self-propelled ones. In exchange for him mowing our grass, the only request he had was a fresh cup of hot coffee. And yes, sometimes it would be Irish Coffee.
As they got older they were unable to venture over there anymore, but the memories and plethora of pictures gave them great joy in their golden years.
I would sure love to see this in person:
And try this:
In addition to Ireland being on my ‘bucket list’, I also want to tour the wine country in Italy – you know, since it’s known as the ‘birthplace for most wines’. I’ve always enjoyed a good wine, and Italy does produce some great ones.
Since I’ve been making my own wine, going to ‘the source’ would be a great learning experience. And I can drink lots of wine. Who wouldn’t want to see this in person:
And drink copious amounts of this:
Of course my current wine making ventures pale in comparison to the professionals – but I can definitely understand the passion that most winemakers have and the need to learn about all sorts of different grape varieties and which grapes make a better wine. Being able to experience that in person would be a dream come true for me.
So what ‘Dream Vacation’ is on your ‘bucket list’? Or just in your head? Or in your dreams? Where is the one place you haven’t been that you would really like to go?
This dreamy Spin Cycle was brought to you part by the lovely Gretchen, who would be a blast to have tag along on any of my dream vacations so I could have a wine drinking buddy from Second Blooming. Head on over and check out the other spinners – find out what their amazing Dream Vacations would entail.
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