It's Christmas in Killarney (well, not really)...

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July 8th 2011
Published: July 8th 2011
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Today has been my favorite day here!

We left Kinsale early this morning, heading toward Killarney (and I've had the Christmas in Killarney song stuck in my head ALL DAY). Along the way, we stopped at Bantry House and Gardens. Bantry House is a historic house that looks like something out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel. In fact, my favorite comment in the guest book was, "Where is Mr. Darcy?!" We toured the house, and gardens (pictures posted!), and had lunch at the tea shop before heading toward Killarney.

The drive through County Kerry is amazing - it has the isolated, rugged green landscapes that you usually see in pictures of Ireland. I am also in love with the sheep - EVERYWHERE! (We even passed a farm where you can adopt a sheep: I am posting pictures of today, rather than trying to describe what we saw - I won't do it justice. There are some pictures posted from stops along the way driving, and a few from our jaunting horse cart ride through Killarney Forest.

As a side note, the Lodge that we're staying in for the next few nights is run by
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From our Jaunting Cart ride!
none other than the Treacy family (Jill, I can't help but wonder if these are some of your relatives!).

(Note: I uploaded 12 images - some may be below an ad banner after the bottom of the text)

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Bantry HouseBantry House
Bantry House

View of Bantry Bay from front of Bantry House
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100 Stairs

View of Bantry House from the top of the 100 Stairs (yes, there really were 100).
Bantry GardensBantry Gardens
Bantry Gardens

Perhaps my favorite picture from today - a rose in Bantry Garden
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Bantry Gardens

Another photo from Bantry Gardens

Caha PassCaha Pass
Caha Pass

Near the top of the Caha Pass - in the rain.
Leprechaun CrossingLeprechaun Crossing
Leprechaun Crossing

Still haven't caught one!
Ladies ViewLadies View
Ladies View

Killarney Park - named "Ladies View" after ladies in Queen Victoria's entourage admired the forest from this spot.
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Purple Mountains

Killarney Park
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Ladies View #2

After the rain

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