Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to the beautiful countries of Ireland and Northern Ireland, neither of which I had visited previously. We started out in Belfast, and stayed in Newcastle at a beautiful old Hotel overlooking the Irish Sea. After 2 days there, we were to drive from Northern Ireland to Dublin in the Republic of Ireland. We asked our driver if we could see a castle during the trip. He was willing, he said, but there weren’t any real castles on the way. However, he did take us to see the ruins of a castle, which was beautiful. The Dundrum Castle was built (according to an engraved stone on the site) in 1180. It was wonderful to walk the grounds, take in all the gorgeous surroundings and imagine what life was like when the royal families lived there. Not only were the remaining sections of the former castle interesting, the view of the ocean and mountains was exquisite. What a beautiful place!