The concert and fireworks on the Eiffel Tower for Bastille Day were an incredible start to our Paris sojourn. In addition to the big splash on Bastille Day, there were many other opportunities to see live music and Paris and we endeavored to take advantage.
Last year when we discussed where to go this year, Paris was at the top of the list. We decided that three months would be a good amount of time for us to explore the city and study French.
After Cork, we decided to spend a few nights in Limerick and a few nights in Galway. These places gave us access to the Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey and other interesting attractions.
In order to see the Ring of Kerry and Killarney National Park, we had to spend lots of time in the car. That said, the western Irish coast and the Wild Atlantic Way are definitely worth a visit.
Cork is a short drive down the coast from our last stop in Waterford and not really far from Dublin. Being in the center of the southern coast of Ireland, Cork was an ideal base from which to explore southern Ireland for the next several days of our Irish road trip.