Village Life in Dingle

Trip Start Jun 17, 2014
Trip End Aug 31, 2014

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Flag of Ireland  , Kerry,
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

We partake in a leisurely morning getting ready for our trip to Dingle. Chris will be on his own in Cork for a few days while the rest of us scope out the West Coast of Ireland. We plan to take in the town today and drive along the Dingle Peninsula tomorrow. We had originally planned to do the Ring of Kerry, but found that the Dingle Peninsula is somewhat similar and less touristy. The drive to Dingle mimics our drive yesterday to Killarney.

The closer we come to Dingle, the more we notice the landscape changing. Taller mountains replace the hills, rocky outcroppings and rugged looking hillsides with bright emerald green bushes and grasses. We didn't think Ireland could get greener but we were wrong. Hydrangeas and fuchsias grow like weeds. They form hedges and grow taller than Chris and as wide as a car! We've never seen anything like it!

Just outside of Dingle, we take a detour to a ruined tower, Minard Castle, to have our picnic lunch. Minard Castle, what's left of it, rests atop a small rise beside a rocky beach. When we arrive, a lone skinny black cow is walking up the road towards us, mooing along the way. The castle is roped off so we take our picnic to the beach and find a large flat stone, the perfect table for our bread and cheese. The boys climb up and over the rocks, tossing stones in the waves and occasionally coming over for a bite to eat. Genny takes off her sandals, rolls up her pants and steps into the water. She says the water's cold, but not any colder than the Pacific back home.

After lunch we head into Dingle and check into our b&b, then we walk into the town. Genny, and sometimes Elizabeth, looks in the little shops. We slowly head to the Dingle Brewery, Creans. We're used to breweries at home where tours are done by a person-free and very knowledgeable. This tour unbeknownst to us is not free, it was 7 Euros but includes a pint, which Genny and David won't drink, beer is not their libation of choice. The tour is self guided with little information- not that we need any, but still a disappointment. Elizabeth drinks one and a half of another "included" pint to assuage her feelings.

We walk, stopping along the way at shops towards our dinner reservation. We eat at Out of Blue Seafood; their signs specifically states nothing but seafood-no chips (fries), and they are accurate. Julian is in one of his pouty moods and refuses to eat anything, even though he eats fish-octopus being his favorite, Kaeleb, like Chris doesn't like seafood; so the boys-mostly Kaeleb-opt for bread while we three eat AMAZING seafood for dinner. After dinner and before the pubs start their live music we stop at a diner for the boys to have chips and a burger.

They finish eating and we peruse the pubs for a music session. We find O'Sullivans pub. They begin music around 9ish. We get a table in front of the music area, David orders a bottle of wine for him and Genny, but Elizabeth can't help but get a Guinness. We visit with two couples, one from South Florida, the other from Chicago, while we wait for the musicians to start.

The music starts, a fiddler and guitarist. It's a traditional Irish music session; they've never met before so they are just "jamming." It's wonderful!! We stomp our feet and clap our hands to the beat! Dingle is not stingy about kids in pubs passed 9pm and it's close to 11pm when we leave and walk back to our hotel. What an amazing night! We wish Chris could've been with us to hear the music!  We're so grateful that his working has not only allowed the boys and Elizabeth but friends and family as well, this incredible opportunity to experience so much of Ireland!

We get back to the hotel, it's almost midnight. The boys did great!! Julian fell asleep at the pub but still manages to walk back to the hotel by himself and Kaeleb is and has been (naturally) wide awake. Julian goes right back to sleep wearing the clothes he's worn all day- we're not pushing our luck. Kaeleb finally falls asleep after some excuses and procrastination. David also falls asleep right away.

Elizabeth is trying to finish this blog while Genny attempts a shower; only the water is barely trickling out. She calls Elizabeth in to see if maybe she's just not doing something right, but Elizabeth can't seem to make it turn on any better. Genny calls the front desk-from Elizabeth's phone because there is no phone in the room-and the attendant states that the water for the showers has been turned off as it's on a timer and will be turned back on around 7am. Oddly enough the sink works because we brush our teeth fine; but if you want a shower you're out of luck. Ireland is definitely different from the States! We just go to bed and plan showers for after 7 am ;)
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