Friday, March 13, 2009

guest blogger camille: ireland

In case you aren't already sick of Saint Patrick's Day, I thought I would do a travel post on Ireland. I have traveled to Ireland before and it is a trip well worth taking. Here are some of the highlights:

Dublin is a very fun city. It is on the water, there are a lot of great places to eat and fun things to see.

Saint Patrick's Cathedral is very beautiful. When I was there we heard a choir sing which brought even more atmosphere. There are beautiful stain glass windows in this church.

We walked through Trinity College while in Dublin. The college campus was very old world with amazing architecture inside and out.

But if you are going to go to Ireland I say head to the Dingle Peninsula. The drive from Dublin to there was beautiful. And the countryside is what you think of when you think of Ireland. Green. And gorgeous.
This is a picture of the dingle peninsula:

Here is a picture of some of the countryside in Kerry County. There were sheep everywhere down there. Our car got stopped by sheep on one of the back roads. We got out and helped the man herd his sheep across the road so that we could get by. It was very fun.

Dingle Town is very charming and quaint. We stayed in a little bed and breakfast there, ate at a pub and listened to local music and just walked the town. I wish we would have spend more time exploring down in this area.

And if you visit Ireland you must go and see the Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney stone. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney stone you will become eloquent. To do so, you must hang upside down like the gentleman below:

If you are planning a trip to Ireland (or anywhere in Europe really) a Rick Steves guide is a must. I love his guidebooks. He has great places to sleep and eat. What I really love about his books though is that he takes you through not just the main sites to hit but the backdoor ones as well. Like Dingle. And it always turns out that the backdoor places are my favorites.


*All pictures from Flickr*

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