Toby Mandelman

Bedford, NOVA SCOTIA

Toby and her husband took some amazing photos during their vacation to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary! Check them out below and read about their travels with Tenon Tours:

 

The Ring of Beara, Healy Pass

 

What made you want to travel to Ireland?:
“Always on our ‘Bucket List’ and recommendations from friends. Good golf courses too!”

Where were the top 3 places to visit on your wish list?

1. Slieve League
2. Aran Islands (Inis Mor)
3. The 3 ‘rings’: Kerry, Dingle, Beara.
“All of them were spectacular!”

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

“The absolutely beautiful scenery.”

The view from the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

 

What made you want to travel with Tenon Tours?
“I wanted a company who was knowledgeable about Ireland and could put an itinerary together for me as I knew nothing about Ireland. I also wanted a reputable, customer-service oriented company. Nice to have the whole trip booked for me. I also enjoyed having lots of choices in accommodations.”

How was your experience with your Personal Sales Representative(s)?:
“Great. I was listened to and she was very patient as I made numerous changes to the itinerary and asked lots of questions.”

Do you have any advice to offer up about the weather?:
“Dress in layers! We were VERY lucky that we only had 2, 5 min periods of rain in 3 weeks. Temperatures varied from 9 to 22 degrees C. I had a fleece, a puffy down jacket and light rain shell along with thicker and lighter hiking pants. Wear good shoes if hiking and visiting scenic areas.”

Is this the most precious picture you have ever seen? I think yes.

 

Were you able to meet any friends along your journey?:

“Not really ‘friends’, but met some very nice people and even other Canadians.”

What are your favorite souvenirs you brought home?:
“Woolen hats and scarves.”

Were there any unplanned parts of your trip that wound up turning into one of your favorite travel stories?:

“Some of the off-course areas we discovered driving the ‘rings’, especially the mountain on Valentia Island. (so pretty!) Also, stumbled onto the Connor Pass going onto the Dingle Peninsula. Hair-raising, but stunning! Sky Road was also amazing.”

Valentia Island

 

What was your favorite romantic activity that you did while traveling?:
“Just hitting the road together and being ‘vagabonds’ for 3 weeks was romantic for us!”

How did you feel about driving on the “wrong” side of the road?:

“My husband did all the driving. He is very confident driving on the left side of the road. (I wouldn’t have attempted it!)”

What tips do you have for others planning a self-drive tour?:
“Get a SMALL car! Some of the roads are extremely narrow. (2-way road with only enough room for 1 car to pass… with bicycles on it and hedges or stone walls on either side!) Sometimes a cliff on one side! (Connor and Healy Passes… don’t drive them if you are feint of heart!)”

The Cliffs of Moher

 

Any advice for getting around?:

“Using Google Maps is INVALUABLE. Pay the $11 per day and just let your phone guide you. It’s worth it! You can also get info on the site you want to see, opening hours, busy times, reviews, etc.”

Any other advice for future travelers?
“Start driving the Ring of Kerry in the morning, before the buses leave! We went counter-clockwise and had no issues. Then, go to Valentia Island and the Skellig Ring. By the time you are back on the Ring of Kerry, all the buses are gone! Also, leave an extra day to visit the Killarney National Park.”

What destination is next on your list?:
“Possibly Iceland and Norway next May.”

 

Another, completely adorable, animal picture.

 

Thank you Toby for sharing your amazing photos and travel experiences with us. We hope to assist you again in the future šŸ™‚

 

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