Kim Van Herik

Atlanta, GA

Kim & her family just got back from a wonderful Irish adventure! Read about their journey below!

What made you want to travel to Ireland?:
“Family history and Bloomsday!”

Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list?:
“Dublin, Aran Islands, West Coast!”

Tough question alert! What was the best part about your vacation?:

“The unplanned side trips we were able to take! We found a toy soldier factory and made a stop at Coole Park.”

What made you want to travel with Tenon Tours?:
“We aren’t tour-bus types. We like having our own loose schedule and experiencing more one-on-one interactions with the folks we are visiting, and being able to stay longer or less time in one place if we like.”

How was your experience with your Personal Sales Representative(s)?:

“Extraordinary in every way. Always available to answer questions, and address our (I hope small) anxieties!”

Do you wish you prepared better for any specific part of the trip?:
“I can’t emphasize enough having a HEAVY DUTY rain coat and waterproof boots. Rubberized or waxed if possible. I ended up buying a coat in Galway. We found having lightweight fleece and layers worked well for us.” Good point Kim! Check out our suggested packing list here!

Did travel insurance come in handy for you?:
“We did not use it, but thought it worthwhile.”

What are your favorite souvenirs you brought home?:
“A zip-front Irish wool sweater; Mucros blanket; a beautiful herringbone scarf with incredible subtlety in the weave’s colors; a very soft lambswool cowl.”

Were there any unplanned parts of your trip that wound up turning into one of your favorite travel stories?:
“We saw Coole Park on a road sign and decided to go see the wild swans Yeats described. The gardens were lovely and it was nice to imagine all the writers and artists who visited there and were encouraged by Lady Gregory. Best was seeing the “Autograph Tree” were they all carved their initials. George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats, Jack Yeats, etc. We also saw a sign for a Toy Soldier factory, and since my husband is a fan, we stopped. It was amazing, if off the beaten path. We got a tour and demonstration, and saw a room-sized recreation of the Battle of Waterloo, which I’m told is very accurate, for 3 Euros each. He bought a Brian Boru figure.”

How did you feel about driving on the “wrong” side of the road?:
“It can be challenging, but mostly because the country roads can be verrry narrow. And it almost takes two to drive, so no one got any rest, haha. Otherwise, I think it’s easier for some than for others.”

Any advice for the “round-abouts” or “circles” while driving?:
“Here’s where the GPS really helped, because you could tell what direction the exit would take you, without having to count, which can be confusing. Otherwise, know which lane you need to be in to make your “exit”.”

Please feel free to add ANY extra experiences!:
“Killarney State Park is well worth seeing. Terrific hiking and views and waterfalls and an old estate and lake and limestone cliffs and gardens!”

What destination is next on your list?:
“We’re talking about going back to Ireland. For such a small place, there is so much worth seeing! And it has the feel of a “big” country!”

 

Thank you Kim! We hope to assist you on your next Irish adventure!

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