Trip Start Jul 02, 2011
10Trip End Jul 12, 2011
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Rainy with intermittent breaks of sunshine. After a very hearty breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt, pancakes and juice (Greg had an omelet with all of the above; and Evan had a full Irish breakfast with lots of toast), we headed out to drive the Dingle peninsula.
Driving out of Dingle we passed the harbor and saw the MillHouse where Robert Mitchum stayed while filming Ryan's Daughter. Further up the road we saw where Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman stayed while filming Far Away.
The road was narrow with few turnouts to take photographs of the beautiful scenery! On one of the turnouts, we stopped and hiked up to an ancient beehive ruin with a ring fort.
We used Rick Steves Dingle Penisiula self guided tour as our reference for this trip. We visited Slea Head, the wild beach where Ryan's Daughter was filmed, the Blasket Island Visitor Center and the Gallarus Oratory. The day was very windy and rainy at times. No one was complaining - we were experiencing true Irish weather. Evan was enjoying it immensely. When the staff at the Oratory apologized for the weather; Evan said, " I rather enjoy it and am making the most of it!" The guy said that a person from Arizona earlier had been complaining about it. Evan said that it was all how you look at things. The scenery on this drive was absolutely breathtaking!
When we got back to town we went window shopping and explored the streets of Dingle. By this time the sun was out and the temperature was warming up. Just like Dublin, it had side alleys that had shops. There are lots of restaurants and pubs to choose from. Before dinner, we took Evan bowling. Evan and Greg bowled for an hour. It was the most money we ever paid for bowling - 32 euro. Evan didn't bowl very well. He bowled a 45 his first game and his second game was a 86. Evan stated that the lanes were very dry. At least Evan can say he bowled in Ireland
We ate at Out of the Blue which was out of this world! Their menu consists of what is caught for the day - if nothing is caught, they don't open. I had salmon grav lox as an appetizer and sauteed cod with lemon and fresh capers. Greg had seafood chowder as an appetizer and flounder for dinner. Evan had salmon. The meal was fabulous! One of the best that we have had on the trip so far; and we haven't had a bad dinner in Ireland. After dinner we went to Murphy's for ice cream. This ice cream was so creamy! Murphy's was voted the best ice cream for 6 years straight. After that we went for a short walk to a folk concert in St. James Church.
The folk concert was traditional Irish music with tradtional instruments. It was very nice - we enjoyed it very much. We spoke with a couple of couples there and during our stay in Dingle we ran into them at other places. After dinner we went back to Pax House and relaxed. Greg and I relaxed upstairs while Evan stayed in our room drinking tea and watching the rain. He was fast asleep by the time we came back to the room.
Greg wants the day off tomorrow from driving... What to do, what to do.....