Every evening, Linda and I would sit and go through the guidebooks, pamphlets and maps, and plan our next day. Actually, Linda did almost all of the planning. I was just happy to be in Ireland. And, she did a wonderful job. She picked the Groupon special that found us the villa in Adare. I didn't tell you that we had a place bigger than any apartment I ever lived in. In had three bedrooms, four full baths, a living room, dining room, full kitchen, a sunroom, and a little reading room. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, wine bar, fireplace. So, we'd sit in the evening and plan the next day.
So, poor Kevin. On Thursday, October 6, we did an eleven-hour day on the road, 9-8. Our first stop on the trip was Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park, which included houses with the story behind them as to who might have lived there. One of the houses had been moved from the runway at Shannon Airport (Kevin read that on the flyer, and I didn't believe him until I saw the sign that said that). The castle is still used for those medieval dinners. And, you could go in every room, including up to the top of the castle. Ok. I'll admit I'm scared of heights, and those were steep, curving, well-worn steps. I didn't go up to the top. I stayed in the Great Hall, and listened to the guide while Linda and Kevin climbed to the top. Photos now, and I'll tell you about the Great Hall when we get to those pictures.
The antlers on the wall are from the Great Elk, and they're 10,000 years old. They were found in the bogs of Ireland.
And, the chairs at the table? People have said the lord's wife sat at the lower one. Not true. His secretary sat there, and took notes. That's where he held court and heard complaints. Women were not allowed in the Great Hall. The guide showed us a small window on the second floor. Women could watch from there. And, he also showed us the small holes in the walls for the lord's spies to watch.
After the castle, we did the buildings in the folk park. Check out the doorways. I'm only 4'10 1/2. The doors aren't much taller than I am. And, check out the thatched roofs.
|Kevin and the cottage moved from Shannon Airport's runway|
From Bunratty, we drove along the Dingle Peninsula, along the "Wild Atlantic Way". (I have lots of photos.) I just love the skies of Ireland.
Are the beehive huts (clochans) monastic huts? These stone huts can be seen on the Dingle Peninsula, but nothing I could find actually gives the age. I've seen everything from 8th-12th century. On the Skellig Islands, they were built for dwellings by monks. There's actually little information I could verify. However, the cross is at the site. Notice again the doorways in comparison to my height.
|Just along the road|
|Check the door to the cave|
The next pictures are from Dingle.
We ended our day by at Adare where we went to Pat Collins Bar for dinner. For me, fish and chips. (Have I said I love Irish pubs?)