Early Mornings in County Kerry, Ireland

by Dr. Jessie Voigts /
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Jan 19, 2011 / 1 comments

I'm not an early riser. I see beautiful photographs of sunrises and think, I’ll never do that. And yet.

We’re now proponents of slow travel. It’s miraculous, how it can change the whole tenor of a vacation, living slowly. This fall, we stayed for 2 weeks at Pier Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland. It was bliss. We chose slow travel to accommodate my disabilities, and the rhythms of family travel. We had no idea that it would be such an extraordinary experience, and influence all of our future vacations.

Pier Cottage is right on the water, and every day we’d walk out our front door and head 20 feet to the shore. We learned the rhythms of the tide; explored tidal pools; found shells, eels, shrimp, and an enormous dead crab. We watched birds, seals, and fishermen going about their daily business. In the rain, we watched fog wreathe the mountains, and then the sun split the clouds and illuminate far-flung fields across the bay. I hung out laundry; we met neighbors, saved a sheep, ate the best croissants.


View from Pier Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland

Morning view from Pier Cottage, County Kerry, Ireland 


And the glorious mornings. I woke early and hastened outside, rain or shine.  Camera and coffee in hand, I perched on an enormous boulder. I watched, listened, reveled, and snapped hundreds of sunrise photos. Travel was different, joyful. Maybe it was the relaxed pace – we didn’t need to play tourist. We could live, learn, wake up early or late, and for a time on our travels, call Ireland home.



This post has been entered into the Grantourismo Homeaway Holiday-Rentals travel blogging competition.







Comments (1)

  • laradunston

    12 years 10 months ago
    Hi Jessie
    A quick note to thank you for this entry, which the judges absolutely loved, and to apologize for not saying so earlier, and to also let you know that you've won Third Prize in the January HomeAway Holiday-Rentals Grantourismo Travel Blogging Competition! Congrats! 
    Full details below and I'll send a formal email a bit later today: http://grantourismotravels.com/2011/02/14/grantourismo-travel-blogging-c...
    We'll be announcing details of our February HomeAway Holiday-Rentals Grantourismo Travel Blogging Competition a bit later today also - our final competition is a very easy one!

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