Sunday, September 1, 2013

Ireland June 20 -21, 2013

June 20, 2013
Ring of Kerry
RAIN, RAIN, and more RAIN
Breakfast:  Cracked oats and jelly
Muckross House - lampshade made out of family’s important documents, servant bells, queen Victoria/prince Albert

Ring of Kerry - death trap
Hedges = Steve
Broken left side mirror casing
Lunch:  Cafe Mochaé - vegetable soup & soda bread
Private bathroom - finally

Coastal drive - would have been prettier with some sun and less fog
Picked up 2nd car for trip to Dublin - Nisson MICRO and Edna - Irish GPS 2.0 (upstaged Barb)
SLOW, SLOW, or SLOWER (painted on the road - helped me find my way home)
Lost and Found
Dinner:  Olive oil potatoes and Irish pizza

June 21, 2013 - Summer Solstice
Breakfast:  Scrambled eggs on toast
Goodbye to Margaret and Ballyteigue House of Bruree

Road trip:  Mirco - Mandy, Ali, Steph   QashQai +2 - Janette, Christi, Amanda, Julie 

Playlist on repeat - Radio station:  SPIN SW
         - Walks like Rhianna
         - Radioactive
         - Blurred Lines
         - Where Have You Been

Dublin - crazy traffic and missed turns.  I drove my own path by instinct to avoid EDNA's long route back into the 5 lanes of craziness they call an intersection!
Drury Court Hotel on Stephen Lower - #507 & #504
Traffic jam - modern day Newsies and colored doors
-Ali and Steph in Mirco - Janette, Amanda, and Julie in QashQai +2

New Grange - dated back 5200 years (500 years before Stonehenge!)
         - Birth, death, rebirth
         - Winter Solstice
Bee sting mister on the bus
Race to AVIS for 7pm return - Ali/steph win with 3 minutes to spare!
Informative cab ride home
504 - Amanda, Julie, Christi, Mandy
507 - Janette, steph, Ali
Downtown tour of Dublin - searching for dinner
Dinner:  The Hairy Lemon café - cranberry juice, veggie soup & soda bread and Bread Pudding (Claim:  best in the world)
...and it is the best Bread Pudding in the world!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Ireland June 18-19, 2013

June 18, 2013
Hill of Casher
Breakfast:  Cracked oat and yogurt
Cashel Castle


Lunch:  Cottage Pie and veggies
9 hops around St. Patrick 
Hors Abbey via green flower trail


Poop foot

Piggery, chickens, mules, ponies, horses

Bunratty Castle - medieval banquet
Dinner:  Mead (punch), soda bread, ribs, potatoes, chicken and veggies, and dessert


Dun = fort
Bally = town/land
Bun = bottom
Inish = island
Traffic calming = merge

Friday, July 5, 2013

Ireland June 16 - 17

June 16, 2013

Chariot race

Picked up Amanda and QuashQai +2
(Every time we got out people looked at us like we were getting out of a clown car!)

Ennis for breakfast - McDonalds cheese toasties and hot chocolate

Cliffs of Moher
Sprinting cow
Lunch a Lily Mai’s Café (across from Bunratty Castle) - Goat Cheese Salad
Pouring pouring rain!!
Electronic charging all items

June 17, 2013
Aran Islands/Galway Bay
Breakfast:  Cracked oat and yogurt
Ferry ride to Inishmore

Jerry & Jack/ Patrick & Charlie - horse and buggy tour


Dun Aengus
Lunch:  peanutbutter and jelly sandwhich, salt & vinegar chips, snacks, apple

 Dinner:  Hunter’s Lodge - Bacon burger & chips