Ireland

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The recent passing of St. Patrick’s Day reminded Kongo of a trip to Ireland a few years ago, leprechauns, and shamrocks.

The cathedral at Cashel, the home of St. Patrick
Gravestones at Cashel
Ruins of the nunnery adjacent to the cathedral at Cashel
Enchanted forests
Great pubs

Getting lost is half the fun

Jamison distillery
Interesting doors everywhere

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  1. Beautiful photos. 🙂 I want so much to got to Ireland and Scotland. Years ago we had the money ready to buy tickets, and our roof began leaking. Now we have what we call our Irish Roof. lol

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    1. Hey Paul, you’re going to love Ireland. The monkey has twice visited the Emerald Isle and would suggest the following. First, only make a reservation the first night or two. Be flexible and seek out B&Bs in the quaint villages you’re going to be passing through. The Ring of Kerry is a must see. Cork, Galway, Cashel, the Cliffs of Mohr, the Burren, Waterford (for the crystal factory tour), Bunratty Castle, kiss the Blarney Stone, are all places you shouldn’t miss. Regrettably, the monkey has not yet visited Dublin having flown in and out of Shannon each visit. He hasn’t been to Northern Ireland either as there were some troubles there during previous visits. We would fly into Shannon, rent a car and head out. It’s fun getting lost and I would add that to your list. Most likely, the car will be a stick shift so Kongo recommends something sporty and fun to drive. Like England, driving is on the left side, opposite from the US. A GPS with Irish roads is a good idea although Kongo only used maps during his visits. Hiking trails abound near the Ring of Kerry. You will discover that Ireland is fun, friendly, inexpensive, and safe. The countryside is a beautiful emerald green even during the relatively mild winters. You’re going to eat a lot of lamb and love it. The smell of burning peat in th morning and evening is fantastic. We ate mostly at little pubs along the way with an occasional fancy dinner. Wish I was being packed in your bag, you’re going to have a wonderful time. Have fun!

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