This was home for 3 nights in Ireland, both beginning and ending my stay. Both times I was upgraded to a suite. First in the new wing, then in the old. Though both bathrooms were like this- gorgeous!- I adored the second room.It was huge, overlooking the garden, with high ceiling, antique desk and full dressing room.Why leave? The hotel has a fantastic collection of Irish art.Also a smashing afternoon tea which I reserved by the fire and it turned out to be 70 degrees.Oh,well.Worse things happen. PS-President Obama stayed here.
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Parked in a public lot and stretched our legs by walking up to the Rock of Cashel-the most visited heritage site in Ireland.Wonderful views and interesting residential castle in the midst of major renovation. Wandered down the back way on a path past a small pasture with cows lazing in the sun and through the gardens behind the Castle Palace Hotel which was the former home of the first Guiness family.Yummy soup and salads in this upstairs gem where it was presented cafeteria style, but didn't taste that way.
Breakfast after a hard night of wandering the pubs and dancing until the band went home- which was only 1am. Pretty wallpaper for a pretty little cafe. Wish the food had been better, but what can you expect when you don't order the Irish breakfast.
Makes sense for a fish restaurant to have a portholesque bathroom door. Was much cuter than this looks and had great seafood persented with a light touch. Went after an art opening of work by locals held in a converted warehouse. Packed with friendly people and good food-neither unusual for this country. Not only is this a foodie's town, but also full of adorable shops. A destination town with many ex-pats. Charming harbor and unusual fort. Think Newport crossed with Soho and get there before it is discovered.
Today you are getting an idea of what I mean by frequent urination. This was not my favorite spot, but it did have paper and check out that bolt. No attacks happening in this john.
How much nicer is this restroom than what we usually find in the States? Seems like a stretch having handicapped rails over the sink, especially in a country of short people.
Long drive over Healy Pass in the Caha Mountains. Extraordinary views. This is the place where one changes from Co. Kerry to Co. Cork and there is a statue of the Virgin which I used as shelter from possible passing cars. Thought it best not to include her in the photo. Just after this met a freaky,tatttered,almost toothless, shepherd and his dog who stopped us in the middle of the road for a long conversation. Amazing experience. Found out later he does this a lot. Actually owns most of the huge flock we saw and is quite well off. Send him the name of a dentist...please. (PS- Google has no location for this spot.)
Pouring rain the afternoon I hit the Matchmaking Festival in Lisdoonvarna. Should have been called the re-matching festival as all I saw were middle-aged people hooking up on the dancefloor with d.j.'s playing polka and two-step tunes. Totally adorable and the Irish Stew at the bar wasn't bad either.
The Park Hotel is not where I stayed in Kenmare having choosen one of the Hidden Ireland homes instead. Wrong choice. The Park got the award for Best Irish Breakfast in 2010. If it is anything like the Laidies room, it must be spectacular.
Biking on the Island of Inishmore. Had to avoid the broken glass and the road traffic. Creeped out at the thought someone might peer over the wall or around the battered door. Needs must be met.