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Recommendations May 23, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 12:52 pm

So in my preparation for Ireland, I have realized that I need a new camera.  I have a simple Kodak, point-and-shoot digital camera that has served me well for basic photography.  But going on a trip to Ireland requires something more.  I need a camera that will be able to capture the landscapes, castles, nature, etc.  So I need your help!!  I need recommendations!!!

Requirements: ability to take photos as described above, not require a degree in rocket science (seriously, the more user-friendly, the better!), and not outrageously expensive!

The second recommendation I am looking for is for hiking shoes/raincoats.  I need a good raincoat that is versatile.  I anticipate the weather will be rainy at times and beautifully sunny at times.  Also, pretty foggy and chilly (40’s) and sunny and warm0ish (60’s).  So I need something that will be good for that.  And athletic enough for when we are hiking, horseback riding, or whatever we choose to do!

The shoes are probably of the utmost importance, as I have ridiculous feet.  I get blisters like you won’t believe from walking.  For instance, I walked for an hour last night, roughly four miles, and had blisters.  I have taken vacations that consisted of a lot of walking and ended up with blisters on all 10 toes, plus the balls of my feet.  No bueno.  I need a hiking pair of shoes…so good for all terrain, but not fugly hiking boots.  I definitely am more interested shoes than boots, so that they are sartorially versatile.  HELP!!

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County Kerry May 4, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 10:41 pm

Sorry for my extended absence from the blog.  April was a crazy busy month and I feel like I have no idea where it went!!  It was gone just like that.  That means that our trip is 4 months from yesterday!  YAY!  Moving on to previewing more of the trip and places we will visit.

I think we plan to spend a couple days in County Kerry, for, as you will see, there are TONS of things to do and see.  But first and foremost is the famous Ring of Kerry.  The Ring of Kerry is the longest of Ireland’s “circle drives.”  It includes both coastal views and inner country pastures, etc.  It is 111 miles long and is a narrow, wind-y (maybe windy, too…), and beautiful road.  There are a number of ways to see the Ring, walking, biking, driving, tour bus.  We will probably take a bus tour, as driving it may be a bit too hair-raising for our liking.  A bus tour makes several stops, some for about an hour, over the seven-hour tour.  Here are some photos!

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Yes, this is the road on the Ring of Kerry!  You can see why we will likely take a bus!

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While we are in County Kerry, we have been told that Dingle would be a great place to stay.  Though we have yet to discuss where we will be staying (and many places probably won’t be decided until we are there), Dingle is a must-see.  It is a small, quaint, harbor town just west of the Ring of Kerry.  The Ring of Kerry is on the Iveragh Peninsula and Dingle town is on the Dingle Peninsula.

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This is the Gallarus Oratory and is 1200 years old and has withstood the elements, with the exception of a sagging roof, apparently.  There is also evidence that the walls were plastered…seems quite modern for something 1200 years old!

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Off the coast of Dingle lives its most famous resident…Fungie the Dolphin!  Fungie arrived in Dingle Bay in 1984…but bottlenosed dolphins only live about 25 years.  So chances are, it’s not the original, or OG Fungie.

Finally, north of the Ring of Kerry is Killarney, home to Killarney National Park.  Killarney is known for the three loughs (lakes), Ross Castle, and Muckross Abbey.  Killarney is the biggest city/town in County Kerry and is largely supported by tourism.

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The Three Loughs (Lough Leane [Lower Lake], Muckross Lake [Middle Lake], and Upper Lake.