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Ireland Day 4: Ring of Kerry

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The sunshine just has all the Irish speechless. A waitress today said sunshine is like gold here, so rare. Having 2 days in a row, we know we are very lucky.

Today’s plan was the Ring of Kerry. It is a 100 mile route in western Ireland full of beautiful scenery. We could have driven it, but it would have meant I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate much of the scenery unless we stopped constantly. So instead, we took the hotel concierge’s advice and took the Deros bus tour of the ring. We left at 10:30 and got back just after 5. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole day.

The vistas were beautiful, made that much more so by the bright sunshine. What you can’t see is a fierce wind that often made holding the camera still difficult. But that is not a complaint, will take the sunshine anytime. Here are a number of views along the ring.

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In Kerry, we found out that Charlie Chaplin owned a house and used to visit frequently. Here’s his statue.Image

It was a great tour, made better by the tour guide/busdriver, the weather and the ability to be a passenger. It was a great decision to take the bus tour.

Shortly after we got back, we headed out to dinner. From TripAdvisor, Ellen had picked Bricin Restaurant. Ellen had a bixty, a potato pancake with a chicken filling. She loved it! With Passover having started, I stayed with meat and potatoes, a steak with potatoes and vegetables.

We wanted to hear some music, so found a pub with live music. We went to the Fáilte Killarney Bar and heard some pop music and traditional, yet modern, Irish music. The pub was full, old and young, couples and clusters of men and women. We enjoyed the music and the people watching.

 


Ireland Day 3: Kilkenny to Killarney in Glorious Sunshine

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The locals could not even lie about today. When we’d chat and say we hear the weather is always like this, they’d shake their head or laugh and look away, not even able to pretend it is always sunny with a brilliant blue sky. Whatever the frequency, we were glad to have sunshine today.

After breakfast at the Pembroke Hotel in Kilkenny, we were back in the car and heading to Waterford. This trip for the first time, we are using my cellphone and the fantastic app Waze for our navigation. It has been perfect so far this trip. The driving on the lefthand side is starting to come a little more naturally, but it does require tremendous concentration, as you can’t take any turn or exit for granted, you have to think about where you should be.

We got to Waterford just after 10, and got on a 10:50 tour. We’ve had tours of glassworks before, but this was pretty amazing. I love the classwork Waterford cut glass, and to see it done by the experts was so impressive.ImageImage

They had some great examples, like this Coke bottle…Image

And this 9/11 tribute:

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We bought several items, for us and as gifts, in the store, this was our big splurge for the trip. We are shipping the items home, well worth the €30 shipping fee.

We walked through the town briefly, and then grabbed lunch at the supermarket. That is one of our favorite things to do, fruit, cheese, bread, meat and bottled water, and we were happy.

We looked for a destination to stop between Waterford and Kilkenny, and chose Kinsale. We stopped at Charles Fort and the combination of the view and the weather was spectacular. I’ll let the images speak for themselves.ImageImageImage

We could have really stayed at the fort all day.

But instead, we drove into Kinsale and got coffee and hot chocolate and sat by the water. Finally, it was time to drive the 1.5 hours to Killarney. We are staying 2 nights at the Killarney Park Hotel, upscale and comfortable. We walked into town for dinner, eating at Cronin’s. Ellen had lamb, I had lasagna. And beer. With Passover starting tonight (I keep to ET for start and stop hours), it was my last chance for a Guinness this trip. After dinner we walked through the town, listening to the Irish music coming out of the pubs. Tomorrow night, we may try to take advantage of that.