Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler
extraordinary dreams of an ireland traveler

"I recommend that if you go to Ireland, you read this book before you go and that you take it with you. In conjunction with the places she visited, Rosemary provides several special rates and offers to her readers, and at least one offer requires you to show the copy
of this book."

extraordinary dreams of an ireland traveler
New Ireland Travel Guide Offers Up Close and Personal View of the Emerald Isle

As someone who has visited Ireland myself, I’ve sort of checked it off my list. It’s a beautiful country filled with wonderfully friendly people, but there are so many other wonderful places to see in the world that after one visit, I felt I had “done” Ireland.

But Rosemary Adkins’ “Extraordinary Dreams of an Ireland Traveler” has proven me wrong by introducing me to many places I missed and now want to go back to see. Rosemary has not written the ordinary travel book filled with facts, figures, dates, and sites to see. All of that is included in this book, but she also offers us her personal preferences, her likes and dislikes, tips on what not to miss, and tips on what she and her husband, Doug, would not do again or where they would not repeat a visit.

Rosemary is not an expert on Ireland or travel writing, but that has advantages in itself because she is like most of us when we visit Ireland for the first time. Her trip to Ireland in the summer of 2011 was a lifelong dream and a surprise to celebrate her husband’s retirement and their anniversary. She thoroughly researched the trip before she went, and she made contacts with people at many of the finest hotels and most celebrated tourist stops, but she also offers us a person’s first impressions of the Emerald Isle. Her experiences, consequently, are more likely to be those of anyone else contemplating a first trip to Ireland, which makes the book less overwhelming than many, and more like having a personal friend along to share the journey.

Of course, all the wonderful sites of Ireland are presented, and in vivid colored photographs. These photos, many of places I had not visited or not seen in such depth as Rosemary, made me want to journey back to Ireland. I learned a great deal more about Dublin and saw sites in this book I had missed on my own journey. Readers will be awed by beautiful Kylemore Abbey, enjoy a boat ride to the Cliffs of Moher, maybe consider twice sailing to the Aran Islands—not a good experience for Rosemary due to seasickness—enjoy a banquet at Bunratty Castle, and visit numerous wonderful Irish towns from Killarney to Galway. Rosemary also speculates on such Irish mysteries as just who was the real Molly Malone, known for selling “Cockles and Mussels, Alive Alive-O” and what are the origins of the Blarney Stone.

All the beautiful sites of Ireland discussed in this book are not to be missed, but what makes a visit to Ireland special are its people. On my own visit, I found the Irish to be the friendliest people in the world; if you asked for directions, they wouldn’t tell you how to get somewhere— they would take you by the hand and walk you there. I was glad to know Rosemary had the same experience on her visit. In fact, Rosemary got to know many of the local people well and interviewed them for her book, including employees at the Blarney Woollen Mills, hotel managers, and creative fashion designers; they all share their stories and reflect a true love to assist visitors to their beautiful country.

I recommend that if you go to Ireland, you read this book before you go and that you take it with you. In conjunction with the places she visited, Rosemary provides several special rates and offers to her readers, and at least one offer requires you to show the copy of this book. If you’re not going to Ireland, visit it vicariously through the pages of “Extraordinary Dreams of anIreland Traveler”—it may jump start or create a new dream for you. And if you’ve already been to “that dear land across the sea,” well, of course, you will enjoy reliving your visit and discovering how Rosemary and Doug’s visit compares to your own.

Be sure to visit www.ExtraordinaryIreland.com for more information about the book as well as up-to-date information on original Irish items for sale and the latest offers for tourists.

— Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D., and author of
My Marquette: Explore the Queen City of the North

July 14, 2012

Rosemary Adkins, author, speaker, and expert traveler within Ireland, takes her readers on a special tour of her beautiful Emerald Isle. She decides to surprise her husband on his birthday and retirement with a dream vacation and spends the preceding two years researching how to make that dream a reality. Afraid that Doug might not like the idea, Rosemary tells him in advance. After saying, "Are you crazy?" he warms up to the idea, but notes that "It might be nice to see Australia." Rosemary did not research Australia so Ireland it is!

She decides to share her research findings on the most economical ways to travel, what to see and what to avoid in a wonderfully well-documented book--taking her readers each step along the way. The result is a book full of laughter, fun, and amazing sights pictured within the pages. This book should not just sit as a coffee table travel book, but actually go along as a handbook for those who wish to travel to this mythical land. Author Adkins not only shows her readers the best places to visit, but itemizes the most economical flights, hotels and restaurants available, as well as the best times of the year to visit. Rosemary tells you what to wear, as Ireland's hottest days of summer only reach 65 degrees, and reminds travelers' not to overpack as she did. With her breaking the trail, future travelers learn how to go off the beaten track and have an incredible time.

All of Ireland, according to Rosemary, has about four million people and one third of them reside in Dublin, a city not to be missed--and requiring around four days to both recuperate from the long flight and see the many sights. The first place Rosemary and Doug stay is The Fitzwilliam 5 star Hotel complete with courteous attendants and delectable food. Adkins reminds readers and travelers to take advantage of the special package tied to her book. Ireland loves its beer and Dublin's Guinness Brewery is a must see. Rosemary notes that the Irish people's sense of humor, once understood . . . finds one in the middle of much teasing. Ireland has a rich, if sometimes violent past, which Rosemary depicts in her book, giving visitors background history of this exquisite but often tumultuous land.

There's whimsy in the stories Rosemary relates, such as the legend of "Molly Malone". So much of Ireland's lore is fascinating, from elves, fairies and gnomes to the famous "Blarney Stone". The author suggests buying and programming your own GPS to avoid getting lost as she and Doug did, while searching for the exquisite Wicklow Mountains. You'll travel with her to Cork, Ireland's second largest city, named one of the top ten cities of the world, by the Lonely Planet". Blarney Castle, which brings the word, "blarney' into the Irish and English language, is not to be missed since kissing the Blarney stone is no easy feat. You won't want to miss the Blarney Woolen Mills, famous for sweaters and scarves, and the famous Claddagh ring, which carries a unique legend of its own. Rosemary and Doug take you along as they visit haunted castles, the wondrous Killarney, the town of Doolin's beautiful Aran Islands, and the amazing Dolphin, Fungi, who loves to interact with humans and escort fishing boats

While the Adkins' don't meet a leprechaun, they do enjoy the friendliness and lilting burr of the Irish people. Their trip ends in Limerick, another city rich in historical lore and close to the Shannon Airport where they regretfully depart for America--happy to be going home, but hating to leave the magical lush greenness of Ireland's beauty and the friendly help of its people. Author Rosemary Adkins writes a five star travel book for those who wish to see Ireland and those who prefer to travel in their mind's eye.

— Micki Peluso, writer, journalist and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang

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