I (heart) Ireland

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Flag of Ireland  , County Kerry,
Sunday, May 8, 2011

As you've probably gathered from our blogs we’ve been enjoying Ireland, despite a couple of days of some incredibly narrow winding roads and bumps that at one point had our car airborne. But today we fell in love with Ireland.

We arrived in Killarney late yesterday in what was our first taste of Ireland's pouring rain. But it wouldn't be a true Irish experience without rain now would it? So with our Gortex jackets and shoes truly and triumphantly being put to the test, we set out exploring this gorgeous piece of Ireland, made only more beautiful seen through a veil of glittering raindrops. 

For the record, here are some good things about rain:
1. Without rain there would be no rainbows - and this morning the lake was beautifully framed with the arc of a complete and vivid rainbow.
2. Rain keeps most of the tourists away (except two crazy Gortex-clad Aussie tourists), so we were able to enjoy the serenity and beauty of this spectacular place in peace. The lack of other tourists meant we were the first and only two people on Innisfallen island this morning and could appreciate the ruins of the ancient monastic settlement without interruption. It also meant that as we trekked around the small island, we came across a group of deer in the wild. Absolutely magnificent!
3. Hiking in the rain makes one feel so much more like a true adventurer (or is that just me?). Adventurer or not, either way the hike around Innisfallen island, around the lakes and up to the waterfall was quite spectacular.
4. Rain made the battle of the 2010 Boxing Day sales worthwhile. Yes battle. Anyone who's ever braved this unfortunate human phenomenon will understand that description. Fighting the traffic, dodging affrays in the carpark and avoiding mutinous shoppers, all done in our valiant quest to obtain waterproof Gortex jackets - at less than half price - for this very trip. The stifling heat of that crowded summer day in Melbourne seemed long ago and far away as we stood gazing at the spectacular scenery of this magical pocket of Ireland, warm and dry and loving Ireland as the rain bounced off our valiantly gained jackets.
5. Rain makes everything SO very green!
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