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Powerscourt Gardens in Bloom

Powerscourt Gardens in Bloom

Last summer, I helped a friend photograph a wedding in the Dublin area. During a site visit, we stopped off at Powerscourt Estate to tour the gardens and have a cuppa at the Avoca cafe located on the grounds. I found…

An Afternoon at the Dublin Zoo

An Afternoon at the Dublin Zoo

This summer at the Dublin Zoo, everything was coming up babies! It seemed like every animal enclosure had a baby in it, with monkeys, giraffes, and elephants joining in the fun. It was a perfect way to spend a summer…

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

A Celebration of High Summer Flowers

Instead of sweltering temperatures, withering gardens, and mosquitos, high summer in Ireland is filled with cool temperatures and gardens where creativity and passion take center stage as flowers tumble over stone fences. Gardening is part of everyday life here and a majority of houses…

Swell

Swell

The island appears and disappears in the distance as our boat rises and lowers with the swells. An offshore storm has made conditions just rough enough to make the journey to Skellig Michael feel adventurous. We’re unable to land on…

Valentia Island and Portmagee

Valentia Island and Portmagee

By now, the rows of colorful saltbox houses hardly warrant a second glance. Instead of charm, I see old plumbing and drafty windows. I see the cost of replacement slate, and toilets you can barely turn around in. I’m starting to…

April Skies

April Skies

I stand away from the group looking over the edge of a cliff, my eyes burning from the sun, while I listen to the wind as it rushes around me, lifting strands of hair away from my face. April is my reward for enduring…

The Bluehair Express to Inisheer

The Bluehair Express to Inisheer

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Sometimes I can feel quite young at tourist’s spots in Ireland. As my bestie put it before we moved to Kilkenny, it’s a fantasy for Americans aged 60 and over. The Delta flights to and from…

Hiking the Cliffs of Moher

Hiking the Cliffs of Moher

There’s a moment where I sit down, my legs hanging off the edge of the trail, and just breathe. I take in the view, of cliffs hundreds of meters in height and miles of water as far as I can…

Camping on the Dingle Peninsula

Camping on the Dingle Peninsula

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Our work with Adventures in Missions centers around the school year, with September being the start of a new work year. I wanted to take a team trip to start the year off, and as everyone…

Cafe Zuni

Cafe Zuni

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Having a go-to restaurant for business meals is a must have in the working world. Requirements include proximity to the office, fast service, great food, and enough room for a big group. Once you’ve found a…

Road Trippin' in Ireland

Road Trippin’ in Ireland

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We spent a few days last week visiting various teams of volunteers that are on the ground here in Ireland. Four friends flew in from the States to help us with the administrative and marketing work…

Lismore in Bloom

Lismore in Bloom

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Lismore Castle Gardens captured my heart last September not long after we moved to Ireland. Even on a gloomy fall day, it was a quiet piece of heaven on earth. I couldn’t wait until this summer,…

Beach Picnic

Beach Picnic

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We live about 45 minutes from the beach. It’s the first time in my life I’ve lived that close to waves, and we’ve taken a couple of day trips down to the shore. When I saw…

Glendalough

Glendalough

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Glendalough, pronounced glen-da-lock, is one of those places in Ireland that you really can’t describe. Part of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, the valley was carved by glaciers during the Ice Age and was settled in…

One Community: A Walk in Kilkenny

One Community: A Walk in Kilkenny

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Kelli Donley, of African Kelli, started a new blogging project focused on local communities. Each month, one of the participating bloggers will choose a few words, and each blogger will post photographs and writing about what…

Merrion Square via Honeysuckle Life

Merrion Square

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. Merrion Square is the older sister of Dublin’s more famous park, St. Stephen’s Green. It’s smaller and not as internationally known, but no less beautiful. The square is surrounded by Georgian style townhomes,…

Cliffs of Antrim

Cliffs of Antrim

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. While the Cliffs of Moher get most of the publicity in Ireland, the Cliffs of Antrim aren’t too shabby either. From the Giant’s Causeway to the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, there’s plenty of places…

Monkey Puzzle Trees

Monkey Puzzle Trees

Photography by Rebekah Burder. Monkey puzzle trees. Until six months ago, I had never heard of these crazily beautiful evergreens. Until visiting Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge, I had no idea they could grow so large. You can see my friend…

Giant’s Causeway

Giant’s Causeway

Photography by Rebekah Burder. We have a “top ten” list for weekend trips in Ireland. It’s a list made up mostly of natural wonders, and number one on that list was the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. A bit of…

Jerpoint Abbey

Jerpoint Abbey

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. About ten minutes from our house, is Jerpoint Abbey, one of my favorite spots in Ireland. It’s well off the beaten path, between Kilkenny and Waterford, and for â?¬3, you can find a quiet…

Imperfectly Perfect

Imperfectly Perfect

I’ve been thinking a lot about decor blogging, and how it relates to how I view my home. I think it’s easy to view images of someone else’s perfectly decorated and styled home, and believe that your home would never…

Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. A 19th century Swiss Cottage replica built by an Irish nobleman as a little getaway? Sign me up. This amazing home is located in the city of Cahir, located in southeastern Ireland. It…

Lismore Gardens

Lismore Gardens

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. Owned by the Cavendish family, Lismore Castle and Gardens is one of those gorgeous places you could keep going back to again and again. The lower gardens are dedicated to lush groves and…

Avoca

Avoca

What do wool throws, ladies dresses, extensive gardens, books, and cafes that serve wholesome food have in common? Seemingly nothing, but in Ireland, it immediately brings one word to mind: Avoca. The company started in 1723 as a mill in…

Mt. Juliet

Mt. Juliet

Photography by Rebekah Burder for Honeysuckle Life. Afternoon tea and a stroll through the walled gardens of a country estate? Yes please! Mount Juliet, with its elegant mansford roof and stately facade, is the perfect place for a quiet cup…

Park Hotel Kenmare

Park Hotel Kenmare

Park Hotel Kenmare in Kenmare, Ireland. Do you watch Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss? I do. It’s my favorite show ever. Mostly because I always tear up when they succeed. And also because it confirms that humans are capable of so much…

Dungarvan

Dungarvan

{via Flickr user e_Cathedra} We’ll be spending three weeks of our summer in this lovely little Irish town. So excited. It’s the first step towards our overall goal of spending three months of every year internationally.

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