L to R, top to bottom. The Londonderry Peace Bridge. Malin Head, the most northern point of Ireland. Grianin of Aileach, the spherical ruins of the seat of the one of the ruling clans of Ireland. Giant’s Causeway, very possibly the most beautiful place in the world. Ever.

Next Wednesday Philip and I are packing up the car with a few changes of clothes, a tent and some dry shampoo (for me, not him. I think) and hopping on the ferry to my homeland. Ireland, by country lane and campsites, for 8 days. It’s Phil’s first time going to Ireland, which is almost unbelievable given that from the age of 3 weeks to 18 years old I was on Irish soil for a minimum of 8 weeks of each year! He’s very excited, mostly about getting to drive the 1000 miles around the coast in his pride and joy Audi…but also about seeing the country I practically grew up in. I can’t wait to see the places I associate with so much of my childhood, to smell the untainted air and to re-commit the most fantastic shades of green to my memory-you’ve never seen so many. Someone at work asked was I worried about it raining whilst we’re there, the honest answer is ‘not one iota’. I tried to explain how the rain is different in Ireland, it makes everything better, not worse. You’ll never hear grumbling about the rain, never hear people lamenting the lack of a ‘summer’. There’s ‘Irish Mist’…drizzle, basically! But it smells amazing and the gives the fields and mountains a filter of mystery and intrigue. Or there’s rain that comes at you so hard it stings your cheeks, somehow falling from the sky but perpendicular to you at the same time. There’s also sunshine and rainbows and warmth and heat and perfection…it’s home to me.

It occured to me that Ireland would make for a wonderful honeymoon/pseudomoon* destination for couples who want beautiful scenery, adventure, time alone and fabulous company, cities and endless rolling fields, castles and brilliant modern architecture-everyone should see Ireland, in any season. Preferably with the one they love! On our return I’ll share the route and stories and hopefully lots of pictures with you and in return, we’d love to know about your favourite places, or any wonderful ideas for inspiring honeymoons and pseudomoons!

*We met the LOVELY Esme and her now husband, Tom recently. They’re awesome. In a conversation about the short break they were going on after their wedding that wasn’t their honeymoon, Tom decreed the term ‘mini-moon’ to be NONSENSE. And so the term pseudomoon was born. Tom, we salute you.

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  1. Posted August 24, 2011 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Surely pseudomoon suggests it's a copycat, or weaker version of the main event? Whereas actually it is a precursor/smaller version of the real honeymoon.

    Teenymoon? Micromoon? Protomoon? Supernumerarymoon?

    Yes I am a pedant, sorry Esme! And I don't mind minimoon, although I can understand why other people find it a bit twee.

    I have never been to Ireland! It's shocking, I know. Have a fabulous time, can't wait to hear about it all…

  2. Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Oh Aisling, that sounds fabulous, we look forward to hearing all about it.

    Esme, I'd have enjoyed a mini moon too. Honeymoon was great, but I'm not sure if I was ready for a holiday of a lifetime straight after wedding.

    Love Ireland, but not been since a child. We got ferry to Dublin, then drove onto Waterford and Cork, followed the coastal road and up to and along the River Shannon, and then back to Dublin, via a stud yard. We did a loop, staying at farmhouse B and Bs enroute.

    Favourite holidays:

    North Berwick (favourite seaside town)

    North Italy (we've tended to get a Ryanair flight and then after booked different places on the net to stay, worked out route, and train/taxi'd it).

    Dordogne region in France (very happy memories canoeing the Dordogne)
    Dalyan in Turkey
    Sri Lanka
    Barbados (holidayed here as children, and always said if we ever won the lottery, we'd go to Cobblers Cove, rather than cheap appartments next door. Although I always enjoyed Barbados on a budget, we used to get buses everywhere, which drove to the beat of the music).


  3. Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Oh, Aisling! I've always wanted to go to Ireland, and now you've made me long to go even more! And Penny, your pedantry made me smile!

    Favourite holiday destination: well…there can be only one. I was born in Cape Town, and the very second the plane starts to circle around Table Mountain I get butterflies of joy in my stomach. I had the incredible fun of showing my best friend around a few years ago, but I absolutely can't wait to show Corey. Climb up Table Mountain, take him to the World of Birds, show him incredible scenery, show him where I was born.

    And now I'm longing both for Ireland and South Africa…

  4. Esme
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

    To clarify, I actually quite like the term 'mini-moon' as it sounds cute and fun. My new husband (eek!) thinks it is the most rediculous word and represents all that is wrong in the world. He in fact banned it and would only speak to me about said holiday if I said 'mini-honeymoon'. Pseudomoon was born when Tom and Anna K decided a new word was needed. Anyway, whatever it was, ours was FAB-U-LOUS. Best week EVER.


  5. Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    oh Esme, just wanted to say congratulations. Hope you had a lovely day. I love getting to refer to Andy as my husband too. xx

  6. Posted August 24, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    Ireland? Stupendous. Have the time of your life. Not really sure about the rain, though. Long hot summers in Enniscrone vs. wet weekends in Tubbercurry…the sun wins!

  7. Esme
    Posted August 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Katie. We had an amazing day – I'm still smiling :o )

  8. Posted August 24, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    I love the micromoon, would appeal to my husband's scientific brain. I personally also like the minimoon label though.

    I know what you mean about the rain Aisling,lots of peole thought it'd be a disaster if it rained on our honeymoon to Skye…pft! Have an amazing trip, lady!

    Congratulations on your marriage Esme…woot woot!

  9. Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    EEek I love Ireland!
    My fave place was Galway and the Connemara (may have spelt that wrong cos I have a bottle of wine!) where we stayed was amaze!
    It was so secluded, mid july and rained most days but we loved every second!

    Cant wait to go back and explore more places!xxx

  10. Posted August 24, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    I have always longed to go to Ireland and am one of the few people who actually enjoys the rain. In fact so much so that when we got married this April on one of the most glorious days of the year, I actually felt a (admittedly very tiny) pang of sadness that we wouldn't have any Spring rain and atmospheric clouds for our photos – bananas I know!

    I digress. Aisling, have an awesome time and can't wait to see the pics. I can feel a trip to Ireland for our first year anniversary coming on…

    Talking of mini / pseudo moons – we had a mini mini budget of £500 for our honeymoon and so got flights to Turin, had one night at a fantastic hotel there and then stayed at a friend's flat in Susa, an hour's train ride from Turin and on the Italy / France border at the foot of the Alps. I'd def recommend Turin and Susa, particularly if it's all about the food and wine, which it pretty much was for us! I agree with Katie – northern Italy is fab, loads to explore and cheap flights too. Verona, Venice and Sienna are on my top list of places to go for a mini break.. Taormina in Sicily is very romantic if a little pricey.

    Oh – and Hawkshead in the Lake District is probably my favourite place ever and out of season in the autumn / winter is a very romantic place to be; lots of beautiful walks, open fires and… rain!

    Congratulations on your wedding Esme!


  11. Esme
    Posted August 25, 2011 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the congratulations girls!

    FYI, we went to Ludlow and the Cotswolds for our pseudomoon and it was FAB: amazing food, luxury hotels, a bit of walking, a lot of sitting around and talking about the wedding. If anyone would like more info, let me know.


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