I can’t think of a lot of things more fun than receiving an unexpected phone call to be invited on a trip. I received a call like that last Friday.
“Would you like to attend the premiere of the movie ‘Broer’ … tomorrow … in Ireland?” I remembered the trailer, which had impressed me a couple weeks back. My answer, of course, was an instant ‘YES!’.
That same night I received more information about the trip: only hand luggage allowed. Ehm… If you know me a little, you also know that this would be somewhat of a challenge. You try packing for an overnight trip that involves cold, rainy Irish weather and a fancy premiere? So, well, I arrived at the airport with a suitcase that weighed about 9 kilograms… They allowed me to board the plane with it anyway. (Nothing ventured, nothing gained, is what I always say. It tends to pay off.)
Our plane took off from Antwerp International Airport, where we were immediately welcomed with Irish music and beer. There are definitely worse ways to take off!
The airplane flew us to Cork, the largest county of Ireland, where we still had a long bus ride ahead of us. The sun had already started to set by then, but from what I saw, it sure looked like a colorful and idyllic place. After a two-hour drive we finally arrived at our destination: the enchanting Bantry, on the coast of West County Cork.
We enjoyed an enormous Irish buffet in our hotel at the Bantry Bay, a deep-water gulf extending for at least 30 kilometers to the west. The bay is a very soothing sight for sure.
The movie itself was as enchanting as the views I got to see on our way to the hotel. I would’ve loved to go and explore them, but the night turned into a Belgian party at an Irish bar. Accompanied by lots of Guinness, laughter and dancing, we stayed up until the early hours. Lucky me; I got to see the sunrise before I went to bed!
I woke up a few hours later to rays of sunshine, rainbows (oh yeah), and even some snow in the distance. On our schedule that day: a visit to the stunning castle in which a large part of the movie was shot. Quite impressive to walk around in the palace, with its wide, landscaped gardens. I kinda felt like a princess, but sadly enough, as with all fairy tales, there eventually came an end to the story.
But before we all live happily ever after, let me tell you that Bantry is a wonderful town, worth visiting for a lot longer than only 48 hours. If you can’t wait to catch a hint of the atmosphere in this Irish pearl, you could hit the cinemas and watch ‘Broer’ to give you an idea. Well worth it!
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