Monday, April 1, 2013


Hello, hello! I hope all of you had a splendid Easter. I spent mine in Southwest Ireland. It appears to me that Easter is far less commercialized in Ireland than it is in the United States. I saw nary a trace of Peeps or Reeses Eggs (my favorite. I had a dream about them). That's okay with me. If I had to choose...I would pick beautiful mountains and beaches over chocolate. Shocker, I know. Take a look, you'll see why. 

This is part of the Ring of Kerry, a beautiful, circular path around the peninsula. Apparently there is a walking route as well. I would have loved to wander all day...

The tiny and adorable town of Dingle. Here we're out on the bay, hunting for Fungie the Dolphin! He is very mysterious, a solitary creature that appeared in 1984 and has been frequenting the bay ever since. Apparently he prefers humans to other dolphins, as he swam in between the boats for as long as we were on the water. 

You may be asking yourself "what the heck is that monstrosity?" Well my friends, the answer is a deep fried Cadbury egg. Can't say I've ever eaten anything remotely similar, and I'm still undecided on whether or not it's an experience I'd care to repeat.

Inch Beach. I love an empty beach...stood in the sand for a while with my eyes closed blissfully and my face turned up to the sun. 

 And here it is folks, Slea Head. Dramatic and breathtaking and so much more than I could imagine. Spent some time running around the hills, getting blown around by the winds. That kind of exhilaration makes me feel like a little kid again.

Killarney National Park. No motor vehicles allowed. Our form of transportation was a horse drawn carriage! Somehow reminds me of parks back home in the Midwest, minus the mountains. Another place I would have loved to stroll through if I had more time. 

That's all for now. I would highly, HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Southwest Peninsula if you're in Ireland. A place really bursting with life but somehow tranquil at the same time.

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