Friday, June 18:  The Ring of Kerry

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Photo 304  Trinity College
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Photo 305  Fungie!
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Photo 306  The Ring of Kerry
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Photo 307  A Friendly Cat at the B&B in Kenmare
I was woken by my mom, and breakfast was in 15 minutes. I jumped up and got dressed, and walked downstairs into the yellow breakfast room. I ordered last night, a Full Irish Breakfast (pretty much the same thing as a full English breakfast) and some hot chocolate. When she brought it I thanked her and ate it, and it was delicious. I especially liked the sausage. After that I changed into some warmer clothes, because it was cloudy. All of us walked back out and into the car, and drove off. Today the plan was to drive the Ring of Kerry, a big long road that looped the entire peninsula we were on. It will be like in Dingle, where we stop at places, but probably not so many times. After a few moments we were on the road, looking at the huge hills and scenery pass by. A bit later we stopped at somebody’s farm, where there was a huge old fort made like the beehive huts, only a circular wall. We payed to see it, and then walked up to it. The structure was really cool, and had those holes to hide in again. It was built here because you could see the water, but people at the water wouldn’t see this, because it kind of blended in or something. We took some pictures of sheep, and then hopped back in the warm and dry car and drove on. It was a little foresty here, for about a 1/2 an hour, to the next stop. This was a house, but a rich politician’s house, from about 1840. His name was Daniel O’Conor, and was famous for bringing peace. We could tour his house, so we bought tickets and went inside. There were two floors, with a lot of his belongings. The first floor had a luxurious Dining room, and that was it. On the next floor there was another room like the Dining room, only with a small table and armchairs. Across the hall was his bedroom, with his deathbed. We went out of this building and went to another one, which was his private chapel. It was simple, but with an amazing stations of the cross.

Next was to check out his chariot, which was in a big room on display. He used this to take himself home after being freed from jail, and was amazing! It was made to look Roman, with all kinds of gold on it. Afterwards was the last part, an audiovisual. It was in a small theatre, so all of us got seats and watched. It talked about his life, and was very interesting. Today he is buried in Dublin. Then we walked back to the car park, and drove off. This was supposed to be the prettiest part of the drive, and it was! The view seemed tropical, with all kinds of beaches and light blue water, and to top it off the sun was coming out! We stopped in a town called Waterville, which was a beach resort (never would have guessed) to find lunch. Dad parked in a free lot, and then we all walked across the street to a cafe’. I got a cheese pizza and a Fanta, and my brother got a sandwich. Mine was delicious, and the cheese was just right. Afterwards we hopped back in the car to resume our driving. Since at this rate it would take forever to get home if we did the entire rest of the ring, we changed the route and cut right straight through the peninsula to get home. This would mean going through a huge valley, and was expected to be pretty. When we got to that area, we could easily see that it was! Mountains were everywhere, except for where the road was. We looped through passes, and it stayed this pretty until the drive ended and we reached back home. I went up to our room, and then did some work. For a bit after that I played with the dog and cat, but then we had to go and look for dinner in town. A quick walk and we were in the center of town, where there was a small park in the center.

We went into a pub/restaurant that seemed kid friendly and found a big booth to sit in. I viewed the menu, and got something a little different from usual, potato wedges with cheese and bacon. The waiter took our order, and then we played cards. While we were waiting we spotted Robert had found a “surprise” on the sidewalk, so we hid it and put it inside a baggy, because he brought it inside. Then the meal came, so I started eating. It was great, but I felt like I could never eat another potato again! We left, and then looked around. Today there was supposed to be some music and a children’s parade happening tonight, so we sat down to watch the festivities. The parade was a group of kids and and adults dressed in costumes, walking down the short stretch of street. Some were dressed up as, nuns on the run (everyone had a sign that said who they were), hula girl, and a small boy in a Power Ranger suit holding flowers, and his sign said “flower ranger”. They given awards at the end of the street, where the winners for the best outfits got trophies. After that the music on the stage began, traditional Irish. All of us watched it for a while, but then got too cold. After that we headed home, and went to bed. Tomorrow’s a drive to Kilkenny!