Friday, September 13, 2013

Family Holiday in Kerry, Part Two

We spent one day at Muckross House and Traditional Farms in the Killarney National Park. It was awesome!

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The farms were really interesting, not least because they contained countless baby animals. So cute!

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We went to Dingle twice, a lovely town near the end of the Dingle Peninsula. It was just charming. I tasted the most amazing Guinness and sea salt ice creams, enjoyed numerous pints of Guinness and devoured bunches of oysters and seafood. We also visited the Wildlife and Seal Sanctuary, full of the cutest little seals and birds. It felt good to support the sanctuary so it can continue to rescue abandoned or hurt seals.

I went for a run on the first morning, up early and out the door before most were awake in the house. It was quite eventful. And terrifying. I ran along the beach for about three kilometres and then decided to walk back by the sand dunes and have a little adventure! Oh dear...

In the first half hour, I was walking through the dunes, admiring the interesting plants, rabbits and butterflies.  Then I got 'lost'. I could always see where I was headed but was walking through marsh and tall sharp grass full of big spiders with green bodies... Ugh. The last hour or so was just awful.

Here you can see my view at one point in the walk. The valley is what I was aiming for...

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And in these pictures, you can see how Google maps and my running app placed me in the sea - one long trek through the mud.

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Last but not least, I just wanted to mention good old Irish pubs. Probably the most comfortable places in the world to drink, besides, of course, at home in my pyjamas.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Family Holiday in Kerry, Part One

About two weeks ago, my family and I congregated in Inch, Co. Kerry, for an amazing week of eating, drinking, sight-seeing, chatting and enjoying each other's company.
It was so great!

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(Click for a larger, more awesome picture.)

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We drove around Valentia Island and stopped at some beautiful sights!

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The Skellig Islands can be seen peeping out of the landscape in the background...

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A sizeable chunk of my ever-growing family!

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More family photos from the week:

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We picked one day to chill out at our rented house, with a view of the Macgillycuddy Reeks, and go to the beach... And typically, the weather was the worst that day - too cold to swim.

Although, that didn't stop Laoisha!

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And we had a bit of a paddle and mess about...

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I hadn't spent much time in Kerry before this holiday but I'll be back again for sure! I still have to hike up the Macgillycuddy Reeks and the tallest peak in Ireland... Maybe next year?

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