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Day 1 in Ireland...

Ok...so I am finally back from Ireland...and let me tell you it is one of the most beautiful countries! If there was ever a place to get lost Ireland is the optimal place. And of course I have pictures to share...I know I am sort of behind...especially since I still have posted the ones of Greece up from last year! I hope to rectify that soon. I decided to do it on a day by day basis...

So on day 1...which was Wednesday, August 29, I landed at Shannon airport at around 8:30ish...I met this very nice Polish man that I ended up speaking with for a bit. I got my rental car...and I was TERRIFIED! It was sort of scary driving a manual on the other side of the road...not to mention everything was on the right side (interior) that took a bit getting used to...remembering to go to that side when I was getting into the car.

I got to the hotel around 10ish...I parked my car, went in...they let me leave my bags there as check in was not until 3pm. I took a couple of pictures just to give my camera a little test drive...

Lamp in the hotel lobby

Entrance to hotel lobby

Here are some pictures of my car:

Hmm...then I decided to walk down the street towards City Centre to see what I could find to eat! I was starving...I found a cute little pub. I sat down, I got a menu...and I ordered something called Special Sandwich (ham, tomato, cheese, and onion grilled like a panini) with a side of salad. Yum...the bar was really lovely.

Afterwards I just sat there...I had no idea what I wanted to do. So...I pulled out the map and thought, "hey...lets go to Killarney!" Killarney is about 101km south of Limerick (which is where I was staying). I was trying to find the Killarney National Park...unfortunately, I got horribly lost and didn't find it at all. Instead, I found myself following signs along the Ring of Kerry which is a drive around the southernmost peninsula of Munster (the region that I was in). The driving wasn't too horrid because it helped me become acclimated fairly quickly to driving.

I did find a very cute castle off the road I was on...called Ballymalis Castle.

Here are some more pics...

River by Ballymalis Castle

Entrance to Ballymalis

Inside of Ballymalis

Staircase in Ballymalis

Pictures of me...

Afterwards I went back to the hotel...it put me there around 21:30...this is going to sound crazy...but I ended up eating at a Chinese restaurant...which was actually pretty good. Because it was so late I didn't have too many options. After dinner I walked down to the bar I had gone to for lunch for some drinks. :-) I chatted it up with the bartenders...met a few guys...and had a pint of Bulmers...which was actually quite lovely. It is a cider that Guiness makes. I also tried Guiness for the first time. Hmm...what else...ahh...I also had a shot of Bailey's. :-) The bartender thought it was funny because he has never seen anyone take a straight shot...I guess people normally take it on the rocks or something? Anyhow...that was my first day...

Tomorrow...my second day!


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Sep. 3rd, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
You go all the way to Ireland to eat Chinese food? lol Nice pics!

Want to really put some fire in your throat, get them to pour the Jameson =)
Sep. 4th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
I know...isn't that weird? I didn't eat very much while I was there!
Sep. 4th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
Nice car !

I was at that castle. At the time it was off season so the owner let me walk through it myself which was pretty scary (especially when the door wouldn't open when I tried to leave!) I don't suppose they told you that 3,00 some people were buried at the foot of the castle (next to a tree) when Ireland was sacked by the British (William the Orange I think? )
Sep. 10th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC)
? You thought it was scary? Maybe it was a different castle? I just walked in...it was in an open field and there was no one around...
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
I think it was a different castle, this one was locked and someone had to unlock it to get in. They do look pretty similiar! :)
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