It's a long way to Tipperary

Trip Start Sep 04, 2013
Trip End Sep 20, 2013

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Monday, September 9, 2013

Top of the morning to you!

..I don't know why I called this entry it's a long way to Tipperary since we never went to Tipperary and don't intend to.I just like the song,

..It is 6 a.m. On Tuesday morning and we had a wonderful day yesterday. We started out with a full breakfast at Friars Lodge. I had fish for breakfast for the first time. They could not have given us any more food it was excellent. At 9am we went on a tour of the medieval town of Kinsale.  Our tour guide was Don Maloney. He took us on a tour of the history in Kinsale from the medieval walled town to the sinking of the Lusitania.He explained how Kinsale.became one of the most important ports .with its perfect Harbor and extraordinary fortifications following the discovery of the New World .

After Don's tour we took a 10 minute bus ride to Fort Charles. This fort was built in the 1700's and has a long history of being held by the British. The fort is in ruins now because the English burnt it to the ground when they saw a rebellion beginning to stir with the Irish people wanting their independence from England back in the early 1900s. The guide told us the history of the fort as well as reflected on what life was like for the soldier vs the officer. The fort was built in the most magnificent setting. We spent about 2 hours at the fort. We had our choice to walk back to Kinsale or take the bus. Being the explorers we are,. Dave and I decided to take the mile and a half walk back to Kinsale. It was the most beautiful walk along the harbor.

I have to mention that it did get up to 65 degrees yesterday in Kinsale and the skies were sunny and blue the perfect day In Ireland.

After we completed our walk we had some lunch in town and did some shopping. We had dinner at a top scale restaurant called Fishy Fishy. This restaurant was run by one of the top chefs in Ireland and he has his own TV show like Paula Deen.

Tomorrow we leave Kensale and travel to the Dingle Peninsula we stop at a farm and watch sheep shearing and sheep round up.Kinsale is an absolutely beautiful harbour town. Dave and I would love to bring all our family and friends. We want to come back here. Lori would absolutely love the shopping here. We bought Tye Daniel a beautiful pair of baby woolen booties.

We are so happy to be able to share this blog with you. We appreciate all the comments back and we miss you all very much love Dave and Jean.
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martha miller on

Looks and sounds like you are enjoying yourself so! What beautiful countryside! Have safe travels!

Ginny and Tom on

Sounds like a wonderful trip. We are enjoying your blogs and keeping track of your fun. Thanks so much for sharing. It is in the 90s here, summer's last hurrah. Let us know if you run into any Berry's or Bland's at the local pub. You both look so happy, it makes us happy for you. Miss you. Post more photos! Love you 2

Lori on

Feel better Jean,don't want to miss a thing! Otherwise sounds like things couldn't be better! Love you! L

jeanbutler on

hi Lori its September 12th and Dave is going out fishing on a boat and I am in the bed and breakfast looking out over the harbour. Watching my man go off to see. This is a free day for us. & I am going to stay and read and get up-to-date on my travel log and take it easy. I still has a bad cold. But I'm doing the best I can and its not going to get me is simply amazing hear anything go right now if I were to pick a place to have a rental home it would be here in Bengal. I have never in my life seen such beautiful scenery. And that's from someone who lives in the Shenandoah National Park area. If I've said it once I've said it a hundred times I wish Lori were here to see this the shopping is incredible the scenery is incredible the people are great the bars are wonderful we could not be happier it is indeed a trip of a lifetime but next time you're coming. I love you and miss you your sis teen

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