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    • Day 8

      Ah, Dingle

      April 6, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 46 °F

      The view changes every few minutes as we watch our lovely view of the Dingle harbor.

      50 degrees and windy.
      Yes, those are palm trees 🌴! Because it never freezes here and the Atlantic Gulf Stream is just off shore, the wind has a warmth to it that is quite surprising. That said , today’s rain is what the Irish refer to as “lashing rain” and is formidable.
      Latitude here is 52 degrees north, for context Calgary Alberta is 51 degrees north.

      The library here at the Greenmount called my name and I stayed here while Jörg went roaming and scouting , took care of our laundry and brought home pizza .

      We successfully changed our reservations for the rest of the trip to accommodate the changes necessary because some of our friends and family are in quarantine this week .

      P.s. Ronnie ; We did see Tom Crean’s
      South Pole Bar in Anascoul on our way here and will try and find some of his brew.There is also a Tom Crean pub in Kenmare which would be lovely to visit .

      The Dingle Peninsula is in County Kerry and is the most western location of Europe .

      We saw our first rainbow / from its appearance to its disappearance/ 2 minutes and every second stunning.
      Breakfast/ the food, the view, the staff …❤️
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    • Day 10

      It’s Friday so it must be County Cork

      April 8, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 43 °F

      A perfect day for a road trip with sunny skies and light traffic .
      We enjoyed the scenery along the sea coast and stopped at the amazing Inch Beach.
      The road through Macroom is under construction as a bypass around the town is underway so we took this opportunity to show you the look of a typical small town. You can see how the carriage paths were paved over to make the roads so the buildings are literally on the street with no sidewalks or front yards.
      Watching the ambulance make its way through was amazing.

      We arrived in Ballincollig just in time to get changed and head out to “ the cousins” for a gathering.
      Cousin Darina offered to pick us up and drive us to Cousin Keara’s and we happily accepted her offer.
      9 adult cousins and many of their kids and grandkids too so a swirl of family that is amazing.
      We were happy to gift this family with one of Ronnie’s newest books and they were thrilled .
      The family are avid readers and Keara is writing a history of Ballinora, where she and Darina grew up .
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    • Day 7

      The road to Dingle via Killarney

      April 5, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

      We are changing up our itinerary to reflect the need to reschedule some of our local visits due to Covid quarantines.( Not for us thank God ) .
      We will return to Ballyvourney on Easter and stay 2 nights before we head to Kildare’s Bridget Center and Dublin at the end of the trip.
      Today we have a lunch date in Killarney with our favorite Irish bus driver John O’Keefe , then we head to Dingle for a few days stay.
      I don’t think I could bear to leave Ballyvourney if we were not returning soon .❤️🙏🇮🇪
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    • Day 11

      Dingle Peninsula Tour

      July 17 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 61 °F

      We took an all day (9:30am to 4pm) tour around Dingle Peninsula today. Our driver's name was Rory, and, we found out, he was a bit hung over. Had "racks" of pints watching the game yesterday. Ha! He is a local who lives in a small village with less than 800 people.
      We loved this tour for the simple fact that we got out so often. Rory had lots of information on all the stops as well. I will post pictures here that I can't recall the name of the exact location.
      Rory told us the waters are very over fished, which causes a lot of issues. We also had a big laugh about the Americans who identify as cats, and the parents that allow it. Meow.
      Rory lived in the states for 11 years because he is a master wood worker and did old wood restoration for The Kennedy's, a Shiek in Kentucky and one of the major churches in New York.
      But, as he said, home is home. So he moved back.
      His wife's mom was part of the last inhabitants of The Blasket Island.
      A fun day!
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    • Day 7


      September 11 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      „Da ist ein Leuchtturm! Ich glaube da kann man hinlaufen.“ Aus diesem Satz wurde ein kleines Abenteuer inklusive Starkregen, Wanderung an der Klippe, Konfrontationen mit Kühen und einer Menge toller Aussichten! Es hat sich gelohnt.Read more

    • Day 10

      Dingle Sea Safari

      July 16 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 57 °F

      What an adventure! We started the day with a 2.5 hour rib boat ride. They provided waterproof gear, as you do get wet!
      Mom was a bit nervous. Cory was excited. Water is his happy place.
      We secured front row seats. I actually wasn't going to be my normal pushy self and just sit wherever. But Cory wanted the front. It's where you feel the most on the ride.
      We saw bottle nose dolphins right away! Then we went off to the Blasket Islands. The main island was inhabited for hundreds of years. They removed the last inhabitants in 1957. You can stay at a B&B there. But there's zero electricity and you have to walk your happy ass up to the house. Bucket list!
      We saw a bunch of grey seals basking in the sun. Quit a few came to say hi.
      After this we headed to the Islands that I can't pronounce. And since I can't add more than 20 photos, and I took about 1000, I am going to make that a second post.
      Mom made such funny squeals the entire trip. It was so damn funny!
      The Cliffs and views were stunning. We drive this peninsula tomorrow. It will be cool to see it from a different perspective.
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    • Day 27


      September 1 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Dingle is a small port town on southwest Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula, known for its rugged scenery, trails and sandy beaches. A statue of long-time harbour resident Fungie the dolphin is by the waterfront. Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has penguins, otters and sharks. To the northwest, Gallarus Oratory is an ancient dry-stone church with sloping sides. Clifftop Dún Beag is a prehistoric promontory fort to the southwest.

      Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium is home to hundreds of different marine species from native Irish fish to tropical reefs, fearsome looking Sand Tiger sharks to beautiful Antarctic Gentoo penguins.
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    • Day 11

      Nelizan's Bar Dingle

      July 17 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 59 °F

      We had nasty pizza at this cool local pub. We thought there was going to be dancers...and there was. But not regular dancing. It was Irish Square Dancing kind of. Pretty fun!
      Mom and I played cards, and I kicked her ass multiple times.
      We watched the guys take down the pool table and move it. Pretty cool!
      Edit to add that this is Irish Session Dancing. Each county in Ireland has their own version, and it is taught to all the locals in the pubs. There are festivals where the different counties get together and dance their specific county session dances. What a cool tradition.
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    • Day 9

      Travel day photos from Kenmare to Dingle

      July 15 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 59 °F

      Our driver, Gerrit, was a Dutch man who has lived in Sneem, a small village on the Ring of Kerry, since 2002. He was able to offer different views on the Irish ways of life. As my mom said, Gerrit is a man who doesn't take no for an answer.
      Due to the weather, we didn't want to get out. So we just viewed things from the car. Gerrit took us on a road that fits "2 carts and a donkey," and that is generous on the space for sure!
      Enjoy these pictures from the warmth of the car.
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    • Day 4

      Day 4

      July 5, 2022 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Heute morgen mit mittelschweren Muskelkater aufgewacht. Die ersten Worte waren "Aua". Die nächsten Worte waren "Kein Thema, dafür sind wir hier". Erstmal die Knochen richten und auf zum Frühstück. Heute gab es aus Vernunftsgründen Müsli statt Irish Breakfast.

      Auf dem Weg zurück zum Zimmer wurde eine Frau aus dem Schlaff gerissen als Ramona unverrichteter Dinge einfach im Zimmer stand. Da es nur insgesamt 4 Zimmer gab, kann man sich schon Mal verlaufen.

      Mach dem Schreck erstmal Sachen packen und raus auf die Straße. Die ersten Kilometer gingen wie mittlerweile gewohnt erstmal bergauf. Dennoch verflogen die Kilometer Recht schnell.

      Zunächst sind wir primär auf Asphalt gelaufen weshalb wir die Strecke als nicht allzuschön empfanden. Wir sollten aber bald positiv überrascht werden. Kaum hinter dem zweiten Berg, offenbart sich uns ein atemberaubender Anblick.

      Ein wirklich schöner Strandabschnitt neben einer verfallenen Burg. Die Steine laden zum Verweilen ein.

      Also die Rucksäcke runter und ab Richtung Wasser. Die Schönheit der weite hätte man den ganzen Tag genießen können. Absolut verträumt in das Meer blickend verrinnt die Zeit, Vergessens, dass wir noch viele Kilometer vor uns haben. Also Rucksäcke wieder auf und weiter geht's, natürlich bergauf.

      Ein Insider Tipp hat uns verraten, dass wir nach gut 10km eine Pause bei "Kates Cross" einlegen können, etwas abseits der Strecke. Der Kaffee kommt uns wirklich sehr gelegen, aber noch viel besser sind die Süßigkeiten, die uns wieder Energie geben.

      Der Weg geht weiter in die Berge. Interessanter Weise laufen auf dem Dingle Way sehr viele Hunde frei rum, vermutlich weil es oft Privatgrund ist über den wir laufen. Als wir eines Weges rechts abbiegen sollten, sahen wir 4 Hunde auf dem Weg liegen. Sie schauten uns an und haben schon den Eindruck erweckt "Wollt ihr echt hier lang gehen? Das ist unsere Schafherde". Wir hatten keine Wahl und gingen auf die Hunde zu. Alle bis auf einen Rüden zeigten auch wenig Interesse, als wir jedoch auf Höhe der Hunde waren, fing einer an uns zu verbellen.

      Immerhin ohne eingeklemmten Schwanz, angelegten Ohren oder gefletschten Zähen, was uns signalisierte, er wollte nur dass wir weiter gehen.
      In Stresssituationen reagiert der Mensch mit 3 Verhaltensmuster: Kampf, Flucht oder Erstarren. Ramona entschied sich für letzteres, was dem Hund gar nicht passte.

      Nach ein paar wenigen Schrecksekunden, ging die Wanderung weiter querfeldein 30cm an Schafen, Kühen und Ziegen vorbei (Ohne einen schützenden Zaun dazwischen).

      Wieder auf "sicherem Boden" nutzen wir die Gelegenheit auf einer Brücke etwas rast zu machen und die Füsse baumeln zu lassen. Der Rest des Weges führte durch unendlich scheinende Weiten Irlands nach Dingle.

      Dingle scheint eine größere Stadt zu sein, auch wieder mit einem Lidl wo wir uns gleich mit Wasser eingedeckt haben. Unsere Unterkunft (Dingle Pub B&B) bietet nicht nur kleinere Zimmer, sondern auch dazu einen Pub mit gutem Essen und Live-Musik welche wir jetzt genießen.

      Mal schauen ob wir uns gleich noch im Ort umschauen…..

      …. …und es war noch so ein schöner Abend.

      Nach dem Essen sind wir dann noch runter zum Hafen und was sehen wir da.
      KIRMES!!!! Oh du schönes Rheinland!!!
      Natürlich haben wir uns es nicht nehmen lassen und sind mitten rein ins Getümmel - da hat es uns angestrahlt. Der Dosenwurfladen!
      Ramona fängt an - Volltreffer- Gewonnen!!!!!
      Nun hatte Timo Zugzwang, und ja ja ja Ziel Treffer - auch gewonnen!

      Zum Abschluss gab es dann noch ein Eis bei Murphy’s Law mit den Sorten Chocolate Whiskey, Butterscotch und Salty Dingle Ice Cream. Es ist einer der besten Eislaeden der Welt - das können wir wirklich bestätigen!!
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    You might also know this place by the following names:

    Dingle, An Daingean, دینگل, Yn Dein, ディングル, Dinglis, Дингл

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