The famous cliffs of Moher, a natural wonder that forms a “signature point” of the Wild Atlantic Way tourism route.
Killarney National Park was the first national park in Ireland, created in 1932. It hosts a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including the island’s last wild herd of red deer.
We saw many places off the beaten path, including Skellig Michael, a nesting site for puffins and other sea birds. These birds have very little fear of people and will get quite close to you. Between the sea, the rocks, the wind, and the birds, on Skellig Michael you really feel close to nature in all its wild glory. It’s no wonder the ascetic Irish monks were attracted to this place.
Spain has many beautiful beaches, and we had a great time walking on the beach at Santander on the northern coast. This is one of my friends; there were a group of eight of us that traveled frequently together during our semester in Spain.
Some of my favorite landscapes were in Tuscany. All the rolling hills and charming houses and farms, the neat rows of cypress and olive trees…it’s just iconic and beautiful and I could not take enough pictures.