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Ireland! part 2

September 16, 2009

Day 2

Our second day in Ireland was even more jam-packed than our first!  We woke up in Doolin, and after I enjoyed an awesome breakfast at our B&B (J opted to sleep in), we headed south towards the Dingle Peninsula.

We took the “treacherous” Conor Pass, and at Rick Steves’ (our fearless paperback trip guide) suggestion, we stopped along the way to hike up to a glacier-created lake.  This presented lots of picture-taking opportunities.

(see? treacherous! TURN BACK NOW!)

(but worth it for the views)

Dingle was an adorable little town, so we stopped there for lunch.

After lunch, we drove around the Dingle Peninsula.  We were lucky to get a warm, sunny afternoon to enjoy the beauty of the coastline!

We stopped along the way to stick our feet in the OTHER side of the Atlantic.  It was really cold!

We also stopped at the Gallarus Oratory (built about 1,300 years ago).  It was really cool.

We also made a stop at the ruined church of Kilmalkedar, a 12th-century Irish Romanesque church which featured a bunch of interesting old gravestones and an abecediary.

(We renewed our wedding vows by placing our thumbs through the hole in this stone – another Rick Steves tip)

We then hit the road, driving 4 hours to Portmagee.  We stayed at the Portmagee Heights B&B and it was clean, modern, and comfortable (but difficult to find after dark!).  We chose to bust-a-move to get to Portmagee so that we could take a Skellig Michael tour the following day…

Will we get to tell you about the wonders of Skellig Michael?  Stay tuned!  (I know, the suspense is going to drive you crazy, isn’t it? hee, hee.)

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Aunt Tami permalink
    September 16, 2009 10:24 am

    Awesome photos. I especially like the rainbows. It looks like you were the only two tourists in all of Ireland. 🙂

  2. September 16, 2009 12:07 pm

    Another packed day – I am exhausted just reading about it.

    Your photos are wonderful, and I am so impressed by you managing to use your tripod to get so many photos of the two of you.

    Keep the posts coming please! Can’t wait to hear how you describe the next place you stay in 🙂

  3. mom permalink
    September 16, 2009 9:02 pm

    Will you take me? I can drive manual…

  4. September 17, 2009 9:48 am

    love the pic’s
    it brings back so many memories
    looking forward to the rest of your trip

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