Glenveagh National Park, Feb 9th, 2016
*written while on cold meds
Yesterday I had the pleasure of accompanying Judit for a work meeting at the INSANELY gorgeous Glenveagh National Park, about 3 hours away from Boyle. We left at 7:30 for a beautiful drive, where I was dropped off in Letterkenny to meander around the small city which consisted of cute little cafe's, sporting good stores, salon's etc etc, which were nestled along a hillside. I had a snack in a cafe before I walked up the hillside to look at a beautiful church and wander the city looking at stores until it started to rain (no shock there). I popped into a hotel lobby that was suggested by Judit for wifi, where I did some research until she picked me up. We proceeded to have the lunch we packed (yummy, homemade salads, BLISS!) in the Educational Center at Glenveagh during her short hour break before her next meetings.
The evening before,Patrick explained a great amount about the "inside" history of the many owners and past drama at the castle during it's colorful past. He and Judit have been working with this park for some time..(more of both of their AMAZEBALLS career history when I force them to blog about it), so seeing it all in person was CRAZY wonderful.
I began with a small hike to the top vantage point where I took the photo on this blog header. Holy crap, photo does not do it justice. The place is so lush with moss everywhere, gorgeous foliage, small streams, ponds, etc etc.
At the base of hill is the castle and gardens, which were out of a storybook. I don't know why I slacked on the photos, and wish you could see it all in person. I blame the humidity got into my wee brain.
I got a personal tour of the inside, yet the lights were not on since it was not technically open for the day. I did not have a chance to take photos, but it was surreal to think that people (some from the U.S.) had lived in this castle with this view, gardens and grandiose lifestyle. I'd be happy living in the damn bathroom it was so large and had a gorgeous view.
I am so lucky to be apart of this family until the 17th, it's mind boggling. I look forward to our next outings and sharing them with you, even though it is seemingly impossible to do it justice.