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WOW! I am overwhelmed by your lovely comments about my book. Not only have you made my day, you have made my year!! It is so nice to know that my book was a big help with your trip and that it is something unique in the guidebook world. Maybe I can clone myself and visit every other country in the world and do books on them too. Even then I doubt there would be enough time.
I humbly accept the Goldilocks Award. Many thanks!
"Ireland Expert" Michele ErdvigClick links for Michele's Book or Custom Ireland ItineraryVisit Michele's Irish Shop for unique Irish gifts and beautiful photos of Ireland.
How appropriate that it is a Waterford bowl, as Michele's forum is like reaching into a bowl and pulling out an abundance of delightful treats!
Of the three Ireland forums I regularly contribute to, Michele's is by far the best.
Mo sheacht mbeannacht ort! (Seven Blessings to You)
Thanks to all of you for your kindness. But I must mention that the forum would be nothing without all the loyal members like you. It is what adds spice to the mix.
Corey, I love the award you made. It is the first time I have seen virtual Waterford Crystal. Thanks a bunch. Do I have your permission to put it on my website? You will have to tell me what software program you used. My husband loves to tinker with such things.
Your comments comparing Michele to Goldilocks were RIGHT ON. I completely agree with everything.
I loved the award. It was awesome.
You are the queen of travel research! I'm sure you will have a grand time in New Zealand and your accommodations will be "just right" because of all the hard work you do in advance. Trip Advisor can be tricky especially when you find that the owners have posted their own reviews. It does happen on occasion. I always try to read between the lines when using things like that. And you are right; different people have different opinions. The more you read the more nuances you will become attuned to.
I think the Irish breakfast is a hold-over from when farmers needed a hearty meal to start out their day of hard work. Also, the Irish had a tough time of it during the famine and there is a long history of hospitality and sharing whatever you have with visitors that goes back thousands of years. They don't want anyone to leave their homes hungry!
I am so happy to "spoil" all my readers with my opinions. As I often tell my husband when he complains about my pickiness, "I get paid to be fussy." You really nailed it Melissa when you named me the Goldilocks of Ireland.
P.S. Ireland is only about an hour's flight from England! There are some great, cheap airfares there.
Goldilocks, thanks for calling me the "queen of travel research". Finally I get to be the queen of something! Remember when I was frantically checking out all the rain gear for my first trip to Ireland? And you recommended that nature web-site which was offering cheap water-resistant windbreakers? Yes, you saved me a lot of money as I bought them for the whole family...and we did look like flowers in our photos. Well, now I am shopping and packing for New Zealand...probably will pack the same raincoat! I will have to return to Ireland though since it was a heat wave while we were in Ireland and my raincoat barely got christened with the Irish rain!
I miss chatting with you about Ireland. Can't keep up til I get back from NZ. Then I will catch up on the new trip reports I see posted. This is our 25th anniversary trip to NZ. Our trip to Ireland was a family trip with young adult daughters. And it has been unanimously agreed by all that my husband and I deserve a trip back to Ireland just for the 2 of us next time! (Although I notice his mother has been wishing for a trip to Ireland...)
My 21-year-old daughter still sighs and gets all dreamy-eyed when she sees photos of the Cliffs of Moher...We had a hard time pealing her off the Cliffs to head to Doolin for dinner...Of course not one of us went past that sign that says no trespassing beyond this point...is the sign still there?
Irish lovers, enjoy planning your trip to the greenest and friendliest isle I have ever stuffed myself silly on and ever written poetry on and ever searched for the ghosts of my ancestors on...
Great to hear from you again. Congrats on your 25th! I have always wanted to go to New Zeland. Perhaps I will do it for my 40th. You must be getting excited about your trip there. Once you are back you can return here and start planning your couples trip to Ireland (with mother-in-law along!!).
Check these out:
They will give you a good laugh.