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 Mocha√© - 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 caf√© - cranberry juice, veggie soup & soda bread and Bread Pudding (Claim:  best in the world)
...and it is the best Bread Pudding in the world!