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Killarney - Saturday, 6 August 2016

Travel the Ring of Kerry. Scenic Freechoice - ride in a jaunting cart. Dinner with Annie and Byron, Scenic friends we met and travelled with in Peru.

all seasons in one day 21 °C

Hotel - Killarney Plaza Hotel, Kenmare Place, Killarney, County Kerry, Killarney - Room 420

Slept really well last night, even though I thought the pillow was as hard as a rock, but when you're tired, nothing matters.

We had a special time booked for our group to have breakfast this morning but we asked the manager last night if we could sneak in a bit early. He said yes, but be warned that there might be long queues associated with the group before us. We didn't mind and actually, there weren't very many people there anyway.

This morning we are doing a bus trip around the Ring of Kerry. It is beautiful scenery of mountains, lakes and glacial valleys. As long as the weather holds off, it will be great.

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Our first stop was a beautiful spot, overlooking a lake, with mountains in the background, for our group photograph. All good.

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The weather is starting to close in, but the Irish don't call it rain. They call it "soft rain" and it usually is. If you wait 10 minutes, it will change.

We drive through Cahirciveen where, in a couple of days time they will hold a Puk Fair. Puk is the Irish word for a goat. Here is a statue of the goat and for the next few days, a live goat will be tethered on this stand. It is all good and the goat is fed and watered regularly and animal liberationists keep away - this is happening regardless what you think!

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We were expecting to see tinkers and their vans on the road today, heading towards the Puk Fair, but unfortunately we didn't. They love coming to the Puk Fair.

Today is all about photo stops and our next stop was at Dingle Bay. Gorgeous.

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We stopped at a lovely little cafe at Waterville for morning tea. Tom our guide doesn't stop at the usual tourist places where there are a pile of buses, but this one we can have to ourselves. The owner had just made a fresh tray of rhubarb pie, so we had coffee and pie and Phil had an Irish coffee and some port cake. Photo of Phil and me and our great guide, Tom Doyle.

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These stones date back to 1700 BC.

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These ruins were the house of Daniel O'Connell, an Irish hero. In 1829 Daniel O'Connell lobbied and managed to get the Catholic Emancipation Bill passed. Up until this time, Catholics had no rights and weren't allowed to own property, horses, or anything of substance. Daniel O'Connell is a bit of a saint in this area, however, the story goes that he was a bit of a lad and if you threw some pennies over a school yard fence, you would be sure to hit one of Daniel O'Connell's kids on the head.

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Charlie Chaplin has always had a holiday home in this area and now the house is for sale. No one wanted to get out of the bus to take a photo but when we slowed down for the photo, these two people just lingered and lingered, so we just had to snap the photo, and that was that.

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We had lunch in the small town of Sneem. It was nice.

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As we will be driving through the Limmerick area tomorrow, Tom has asked us all to write a limerick and enter it into his limerick competition. I have written three as we drive along (which probably accounts for my feeling motion sick).

1.
We went on a bus trip, Phil and me
To make up the numbers to tirty three
We had lots of fun
Without too much sun
And will remember our tour with glee.

2.
There was a young man named Tom
Who asked us where we all came from
We then hopped on the bus
Without too much fuss
And toured through Ireland with aplomb.

3.
We travelled through Ireland with Scenic
A wonderful time you would tink
The guide was a cad
The driver was mad
And we all ended up on the drink!

I have decided to submit 1. and 3.

Back into Killarney to get ready for our Scenic Free Choice which is a Jaunting ride in Killarney National Park to Ross Castle. Phil has decided not to come but to have a hair cut instead. Just as we were assembling in the foyer for our jaunting ride, Byron and Annie walked in to have a cup of tea in our hotel. Lots of hugs and kisses and then, as there were two spare seats in our jaunting carts, Tom our guide, invited Byron and Annie to come with us. How lovely that was of Tom!

So Phil went off for a hair cut and we went on the jaunting carts through Killarney National Park. Annie sat up front with the driver, and Byron, Shelley and Ed, Margaret and Shayne and Byron and I sat in the back. The driver was talking to Annie a bit but we couldn't hear him very well and he had quite a thick accent. We jogged through the park and arrived at Ross Castle and got out for about 20 minutes to take photos. The sky looked very threatening but was perfect for some good photos.

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We met Byron and Annie in our hotel foyer at 6.00 pm and they came up to our room for a pre dinner drink. We then walked down the street a little way to a restaurant in a pub called The Laurels. We all enjoyed our meals and just talked and talked and talked. It was so nice to see them again. They are a great couple and still have a lot of travelling to do. They won't be back in Australia until the middle of October and then a couple of weeks after that, we will be having our Peru reunion at the Gold Coast at the beginning of November.

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These funny Americans were sitting at the table behind us, and kept waving when we were having our photo taken. We all had a bit of a laugh about that.
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We came back to our room after dinner and had a cup of tea and more chatting. I am starting to lose my voice. I guess I have caught the cold that is going around.

Posted by gaddingabout 09:43 Archived in Ireland

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