Submitted by Gretchen Bursch Travel St. Cloud
We arrived in Ireland yesterday to a beautiful sunny morning. We picked up our rental car and the first day of driving on the left side of the road with jet-lag was a bit tricky. We drove about 40 minutes north to County Meath to a town called Navan. We decided on the place because it had a good choice for a B & B which is located in town so an easy walk to the pubs, shops and restaurants. The B & B we are staying at is called Athlumney Manor and is great! Very nice owner with some great suggestions on local restaurants and things in the area. Plus the beds are comfortable and the shower is the best...lots of hot water. There is some interesting sights in County Meath. We went to a town called Trim and visited the ruins of the Trim Castle which was first built in 433AD.... Truly amazing history. Drove north to County Monaghan today in search of family ancestors... Didn't have much luck with that but did meet some great locals in Jimmy's Pub. As everyone who has visited Ireland said the people are all so friendly and that Irish sense of humor keeps us laughing. Tomorrow we meet up with the Brendan Vacations tour group and will leave the driving to the professionals.