This week I watched the movie "Leap Year". I knew before I began the DVD that it would fill me with longing to see those sights for myself. I still hold out hope that someday that dream will become reality.
Some of my very favorite books are set in Ireland... "Fair Haven" by JoAnn Ross and "Jewels of the Sun" by Nora Roberts. (In fact, it "Fair Haven" was the book that said to me... "You can DO this. You can tell stories, too!") I fell in love with the country through the imagery and culture and folklore in those books. Movies set in Ireland do the same thing... and "Leap Year" was no different.
I loved the movie, both for its scenery and its glimpse into Irish life. The old guys sitting around a pub. The superstitions about when to begin or not begin a journey. The sexy Irish brogue of the characters, in particular Declan (Matthew Goode ). Loved the bits of Irish cooking we got to hear about... from the hang sandwich Declan makes for Anna (Amy Adams) at the beginning of the movie, to the scene in the garden of the B&B where the two of them pick carrots and leeks, and Declan kills the chicken!
(If you haven't seen the movie, be advised that the next paragraph and the video clip are "spoilers". Although, really... it's a romantic comedy, so you should already know the basics of how it ends!)
The ending of "Leap Year" was quite romantic... the words Declan and Anna spoke to each other heart-melting. But backdropped by the cliffs of the Dingle Peninsula! Whoa! Who wouldn't want to have a gorgeous man declare his love and propose marriage in a place such as that! I hope you enjoy the video clip... romantic words and breathtakingly romantic scenery. Is it any wonder that Ireland calls to me?