22.07.2001 - Day 2
It´s Sunday - 2nd day of our trip and as we expected we didn´t sleep a lot. No wonder, if you have a party in front of your room door. Okay not really in front of, but it was loud as it would be there
After a short night I was looking forward to have a warm shower … negative! Warm water seems to be rare here and so I was jumping for 2 minutes “under” the shower back and forth. Otherwise I´d have to pick icicles out of my hair. Isn´t it the perfect way to start your day? *g*
Now it was time for breakfast … cornflakes and toast. But remember, we´re in Ireland and so we got orange jam with salty butter *grrr*. Those who didn´t feel tortured enough could get a “hot breakfast” (scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage) after that. Huh and all this at 7:00 o´clock in the morning
. Could you imagine how many people suddenly asked for more cornflakes? *gg* After such a great breakfast
it was time to lug our suitcases to the bus. “Granny” was clever … time for teamwork. We should save some good seats and she would take care of our suitcases.
First we went to Adare (County Limerick) by bus. It´s an old village of thatched cottages and medieval churches. After leaving Adare, Dingle Peninsula was our next destination. The Peninsula, stretching westward for 30 miles from the low-lying country near Tralee (there we saw the Rose Garden), is the most northerly of the hilly areas of County Kerry. The whole peninsula has great mountain and coastal scenery, and there are many prehistorical and early-Christian remains. The western end of the peninsula is an Irish-speaking district where the traditional customs, crafts and lore are still very much alive.
We had our lunch in Dingle. One of Ireland's biggest attractions in recent years has been the newest resident of Dingle harbour, Fungi, the local bottle-nosed dolphin. Since his arrival in the area in 1984, Fungi has been performing for fishermen and visitors, and has become a celebrity. During the summer months, visitors can take a boat from Dingle pier for dolphin-spotting, with an early morning boat available for those who wish to swim with him.
Of course we like good weather and warmth, but could have renounced of the heating in the bus!
But after one hour of heat they could solve the problem
Next destination was Gallerus Oratory, a really exciting building. (Melli, can you remember what it was?? *gg*) No, no we can remember
The Gallarus Oratory dates from some time between the ninth and 12th centuries. A place of prayer for monks.
Then we visited the ruins of Kilmalkedar Church where you can also see the Alphabeth-stone and the Ohgamstone. The next stop was the beach of Inch, Co. Kerry. This magnificent 6 km long beach of "golden" sand is backed by sandhills which are well known to archaeologists for old habitation sites.
A little bit later we finally arrived at the “Heights Hotel” in Killarney.
At dinner time our tour continued in the same way as it started. We made acquaintance with a married couple from our tour group. Isn´t it great if you don´t even understand your own compatriots anymore?!
Greetings to Swabia! *g* We could choose again what to eat … appetizer, main course & dessert. Of course we did choose, but that doesn´t mean that we got it! Funnily enough, we and the swabian man were the only ones who didn´t get an appetizer. And so we got to know each other better … We got the main course, but Mandy didn´t get a dessert either. But our new swabian friend *g* gave Mandy his dessert. Isn’t it kind? (Thaaank you! *lol*)
After that luxuriant *g* dinner we took a walk to the centre of Killarney because our tour guide Mary Turner told us that we would only need 20 minutes to reach the centre. But how should we manage? Running? *gg*
When we came back to the hotel from our marathon walking
, it was a gloomy night and no light was turn on. What’s going on? Don´t they want us to come in? It was only 23:00 o´clock! After searching for our room in the darkness, we found out that it stayed dark here as well. Power failure! Writing our report – negative! The only advantage of the situation: We´re going to bed a little bit earlier and maybe will get some more sleep …