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SpatzDay 3 retold

That was the day we drove the Ring of Kerry – truly spectacular!
There were so many sights and views, it’s almost magical.

We stopped to have coffee in a tiny coffee shop in Caherciveen, drove over to Valentia Island and gazed down the cliffs there. On to have lunch in a pub in Waterville and photograph the Charlie Chaplin statue. Finally back to Killarney, where we visited the Muckross gardens and then we returned to our B&B.

And to counteract all the Irish views, we had dinner at a would-be American diner – the burgers were quite good though:)

Ring of Kerry view

Roadside view along the Ring of Kerry11 months ago

SpatzDay 2 retold

I’ll just act like I’m on day 2 and tell the tale:

We drove from Cork to Bantry along a nice coastal or country road. Decided to skip Bantry House and visit the town instead and had lunch with the locals at a lovely pub. Then we drove on to Glengariff – where we had coffee in a church converted to a cafe – and Kenmare – the latter is a really beautiful tiny town.

And on to the Ring of Kerry – which is on the list for day 3. We enjoyed a few of the sights – though the weather was not too great for viewing – and settled in a gorgeous bed and breakfast in Killarney for the next two night.

And on we went into Killarney and had dinner at the Smoke House – the best steak I’ve had in a loooong time. Definitively a recommendation!

Ring of Kerry sheep

Two of the sheep sitting on the roads while we drove along the Ring of Kerry11 months ago

SpatzDay ?

I’ve been loosing track of the time and didn’t keep you posted – so sorry.
We’ve been all over Kerry, driving the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle peninsula and seeing so many sights, it’s hard to keep count.
I hope a few photographs I took will turn out nice and I can share a few things afterwards with you! 11 months ago

SpatzDay 1

Here we are!
We visited Kilkenny and the Rock of Cashel.
Ireland is wonderfully beautiful and the people are so nice and friendly – and the food is lovely, too.
So far, it’s been a great start if we exclude the rental car that caused some hassle – but let’s hope that’s fixed.

We’re quite tired and there’s much
more to come tomorrow! 11 months ago

SpatzIreland? Ireland!

We made it! We’ll be coming to Ireland this summer!

We plan to go from Dublin and drive to Cork, Killarney and Limerick and back to Dublin.

And see the Ring of Kerry, the Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and so much more. And Dublin, of course.

It’s so exciting – I’ll have to reread a few of my favorite Irish books to start :-) 12 months ago

eclectic passionOk, so I visited Cobh, a small town near Cork in the Republic of Ireland

The weather was fantastic, there were nice souvenirs to buy at very low cost and the people seemed friendly. There were also quite a few street and pub musicians (love these!), brightly painted buildings and my father got to drink a pint of authentic Irish beer :) Total hot guys spotted: 1 (we were only there a few hours :P)

p.s. When we were leaving the port, my parents (and quite a few other people on board) were apparently surprised (I didn’t see them) by the crowds of people gathered around the portside seeing the boat off. It was only a few days ago that they discovered the reason why there were crowds was because the ship we were on was the biggest ship to have set sail from that port since the Titanic and Lusitania ships, both of which sank! So glad to have made it home in one piece, and glad I didn’t know that at the time as I’m pretty superstitious!

Hopefully one day I’ll go back and visit more of Ireland- but this was a great introduction :) 13 months ago

stephelyseVisit again I mean

I have been once before. A few years ago for a summer course I took on ancient celtic spirituality. It was amazing, but I would love to go back on my own terms and see all the things I want to see. 14 months ago

sun_goddess31Trip was amazing!!!

We spent 6 days here and visited Kilkenny, Blarney, Killarney, Ring of Kerry and Dublin. We were actually in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day, which was a once in a lifetime experience. I am definitely glad we pinched our pennies for a year to make this trip a reality. 16 months ago

eclectic passionReally excited about going to Ireland now, even though it is only for the day

My ex was half Irish, and a few other guys I’ve had crushes on were Irish, so wondering if Irish guys in general are hot? lol. I love the olivey complexions and dark, almost black hair a lot of them seem to have…it’ll be interesting to people watch while I’m there :) I find it particularly exciting to go somewhere that isn’t that far from Britain (saying that, neither is Norway)yet is still somewhat ‘exotic’ and foreign…I’m unlikely to meet a guy in the few hours I’m there but I’ll keep hoping haha 16 months ago

eclectic passionWoo! :)

If all goes to plan, which it will hopefully, I’ll be going to Ireland for the day on June 3rd! We’re going to 6 different places in Norway and stopping in Cork (in the Republic of Ireland) on the way there. So excited!! :) I won’t mark this goal off as completed until I travel there…just in case (but hopefully nothing will go wrong.) 18 months ago

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