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Published: June 21st 2009
Can you believe it? Eight days in the Emerald Isle with sunshine every day and we never got wet? Yes, it rained, but not much and never enough to dampen our plans. However, our money just seemed to evaporate. The prices were outrageous!!!
Dublin, Cork, and Waterford were interesting with quaint buildings, old neighborhoods, and historic monuments. Our travels out of the cities took us to the towns of Blarney, Cobh, and the villages of the Ring of Kerry.
Blarney was beautiful and we had a warm sunny day in which to enjoy it. We hiked the grounds, climbed to the top of the castle, and kissed "the stone".
The "Ring of Kerry" tour took us to 6 small villages that ring the Kerry peninsula. The bus driver/guide narrated our 100 mile route and had one line that we loved. In apologizing for a memory lapse he said, "I have the memory of a goldfish - once around the bowl and it's gone." We had no idea how closely we, too, were related to the goldfish!!
Since the weather cooperated, throughout the day. we were able to enjoy the cliff and mountain views along the winding coastline.
Along the route we stopped at several small Irish villages.
We left Ireland on June 10 and spent a wonderful week in Albufeira, Portugal. This Algarve village is one of our favorite beach destinations. From there we flew to Belgium and spent a quick two days seeing Brussels and Bruge. Now, we are in Interlaken, Switzerland, and will be taking a "holiday" from our travels for the next three weeks. Rain or shine it will be a happy hiking time. It snowed on us today while up at Kleine Scheidegg. This is the summer solstice - what's that all about????
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