Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The end of the road

Well, this is it: My final Ireland blog!

A horse resting at the Irish National Stud.
Touring the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens was a great way to end our tour, as we were scheduled to depart this beautiful country on Friday, September 24. We learned about current trends in horse breeding in Ireland and saw some of the most magnificent horses in the country. The Japanese Gardens were established in 1908, and represent "Life of Man" from cradle to grave in the traditional Japanese style of gardening.

The Old Jameson Distillery.
We also had one final hurrah - our shindig! We toured the Old Jameson Distillery to learn about whiskey-making, then enjoyed a nice dinner that was followed by a show with traditional and contemporary songs and the famous Irish step dancing.

Dana Gould and Susan Gould '62 enjoy the final dinner at the Old Jameson Distillery.
On Friday, we departed this beautiful country. Though I enjoyed the city of Dublin, my personal favorite spots were Killarney and the villages with the best views of the countryside.

So long, Ireland - we all enjoyed the trip and are looking forward to the next Alumni Travel Program adventure (which has yet to be determined!).

I want to extend a special thanks to Connor, our tour guide, who made the trip even more special!

Slan Agus Beannacht to Ireland!

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