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6th April 2014

Ireland to Dingle
In 1997 we spent two weeks in Ireland, as I mentioned before. So glad you got to the Dingle Peninsula, as we also found it fascinating--such a cliff and what an enjoyable "downtown." Your descriptions are great. Also remember Kilkenny Castle. We found Cork kind of dark but loved a stay in Bantry, on Bantry Bay, in a handsome Baroque castle with a modern wing, extensive gardens. Hope you are writing a book, MJ.
6th April 2014

Nice
Looks like you're having a great time exploring the rugged isle! I haven't been to Dingle since I learned the term 'free range' eggs at a youth hostel there with my sister...we collected the eggs on the lawn because the sign said 'free range' ...we assumed they were free; at least until the warden caught us making an omelet in the kitchen and charged us :-)
6th April 2014

Free range eggs
Your stories always make me laugh. The logic of children can be entertaining but it made sense. Good to hear from you.
5th April 2014

Ireland
MJ and Daveā€¦.as always I have enjoyed your blogs from Ireland. We've not been there and you make it sound very inviting. We now have it on our "list". We just got back from 3 weeks in Nepal and Bhutan. I think I remember you being in Nepal on your around the world trip but I don't remember whether you went to Bhutan. We had a great time in both countries but have to give Bhutan the prize. I won't go into any detail if you have been there. Let me know. Sonja
5th April 2014

Ireland
I'm glad Ireland has now made it to the list. It has a great deal to offer and we love the music. Friendly people and love the pub atmosphere. Lots of history here. Yes we loved Bhutan! Let's compare notes soon.
5th April 2014
The gang at Oscar Madison's in Kinsale

A likely lot
Carousing...cruising...coasting...crooning...castling...and cavorting...someone's gotta do it...no better place than Ireland...where partying hard is a way of life.
5th April 2014
The gang at Oscar Madison's in Kinsale

Making friends
You have described it well. Some in Ireland have taken drinking to an art form. One of these fellows told us when I'm off the beers I'm off the beers, but when I'm on the beers I'm really on the beers. We met him at 2pm in the pub. Guess he's on the beers for now. The gentleman in the middle was the mayor of Kinsale in 2002. All of these guys were interesting.
5th April 2014

Ireland
What a lovely adventure you are having! Enjoy your remaining days there. I am certainly enjoying it! :-)
5th April 2014

Enjoying Ireland
Our time here is growing short but we will enjoy each moment. Today we head back to Dublin. Tonight we are going to a literary pub crawl. Should be a lot of fun.
4th April 2014

Lakes House Killarney
When I was researching for my book about an Australian - Frederick Stobo Phillips - who died in the Somme in the First World War we stayed in the Lakes House, Killarney. We did so because 'Fred' had stayed there while on 10 days leave during the war as did many soldiers during their leave time. The thought of having to go back to the carnage of the battlefields after a few days amongst the peace, quiet and sheer beauty of the area is beyond imagination. Such a magestic part of the world!
4th April 2014

Killarney
A majestic part of the world indeed. Thank you for following along.
4th April 2014

Magic everywhere!
How lovely to be guided in your travels partly by the storyteller and the Travel Camel--great to be out of the book. And your evening with the locals at Dalton's sounds like a slice of true magic, as does the amount of sun you've had. May the luck of the Irish continue with you!
4th April 2014

Magic everywhere
We have been truly happy about the sun burst. Often it seems like it is a drizzly day until there is something we wanted to do or see and all of a sudden it clears up and the sun comes out. We do feel the luck of the Irish has been shining on us.
4th April 2014

Since it's so terribly cold and you guys have done your fair share of scenic drives, I think more (warmer) pub stops are in order. Cheers! ;)
4th April 2014

Pubs stops
Indeed the pubs are warm and we'll have a few more stops in them before we exit this lovely country. The past few days have been much warmer.....no complaints about that.
4th April 2014

Yes there is lots of country side. I enjoyed seeing and reading all . You are two very lucky people
Keep on traveling and I will keep watching. Love Mildred
4th April 2014

Ireland
Mildred, we feel fortunate and will continue to travel. So happy you are following along! Wish you were here.
2nd April 2014

What gorgeous colors in the countryside once that sun poked out! It sounds like you guys are having lovely travels and, as for the fire in the fireplace, it must have been that much more enjoyable after all the effort put in, hehe. ;) We miss you and thank you for the postcard!!
2nd April 2014

The beauties of Ireland
We are having a grand time. Sun and rain, it comes and goes. We are flexible. We were happy when the fire was going strong.
1st April 2014

Fabulous Irish travels
Hi MJ and Dave, You seem to be having such a lovely journey around my home country, despite the terrible "spring" weather. Hey, you didn't mention the abundance of daffodils everywhere in March! It must have been cold but you sound like you were good sports about it. Your photos are fabulous and make it look like you had fabulous weather every day. Thanks for bringing us on your adventure, Sheila
1st April 2014

Irish spring weather
A mention of the flowers are in the next blog. Stay tuned. We know they've had a bad winter but assumed this was a normal spring. We are having a wonderful time. We didn't have any rain the first 10 days. The past 10 we've had rain every day but the sun always comes out when we are doing something fun. We've had a few wicked windy days and that makes it feel very cold. If you are coming to Ireland in the spring you can't complain about the weather....it is supposed to be unpredictable. It was 60 degrees ( 14C) today.
30th March 2014

Beautiful!
I'm listening to my Celtic Thunder CD this afternoon and can well imagine your lovely cottage and the wonderful scenery! Such a good story!
31st March 2014

Celtic music
Dave brought our iPod and a small travel speaker and each morning I get to enjoy Irish music. It is wonderful. The cottage was perfect and so many places to enjoy the serenity.
30th March 2014

Excellent Post
What a great post. We have Ireland at close to the top of our list and this post settles it. And congratulations on 20 years.
31st March 2014

The joys of Ireland
I'm not sure what other countries are on the top of your list but we are having a wonderful time here. You won't regret a visit. The people, the music and the food are fantastic. I'll send you a suggestion with some ideas on things to see. You always learn a few things along the road.

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