Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sausages, Castles and Rain

Day 4.

We woke up to the smell of breakfast being prepared downstairs. When we came down this is what we saw.

An Irish breakfast. Eggs, sausages, bacon, white and black blood pudding, potatoes and mushrooms. It was delicious but definitely a meal that we could only try once during our visit in Ireland. It was VERY heavy.

We were also offered a variety of fruits and pastries. It was a great start to our day.

After breakfast we started on our way to Dingle but not before checking out Killkenny castle.

Of course, we could not get back in the car before stretching our legs and tossing the frisbee.

We were so impressed with the landscape when we arrive in Dingle. Dingle is a peninsula that stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic ocean. We had booked a B&B in Dingle because of the mountains and lush green areas that we had heard so much about. We were not disapointed and had a great time driving around the peninsula.

We arrived at our B&B, Ballymore House, met the owners and placed our orders for Irish breakfast.
After talking with Jenny and Bill we set out to find a little hole in the wall place to grab lunch. We found a great little dive called the Marina.
After two days of stews and chips I was craving some vegetables. I was happy to find that one of their specials was vegetable bake with ratatouille. It was delicious.

It had started raining heavily and the temperature was continuing to drop. We did a little shopping and then decided to head back to the B&B to get warm and dry. We found the game room, drank a few cups of coffee and played a few games of trivia and Jenga.

This is what I love about staying at B&Bs. So many of them offer games, great books, travel guides and maps not to mention getting the inside scoop on the best sites and eats from the owners. The Ritz was amazing but I would pick B&Bs when traveling because of all they have to offer.

Once we were dry it was time to head back out into the cold for dinner. We were told that Murphy's had great food and music which was all we needed to hear.

I ordered mussels and a side salad. These were probably the best mussels that I have ever had. They were so fresh.

I can not remember what Brian's meal was...but here it is.

The next morning we went downstairs to another delicious breakfast of eggs, toast, homemade jams, cereal and french toast. Brian was the adventurous one and ordered kippers, a very salty, very strong smelling fish.

It was great to get a warm start to our day before going out into the cold and rainy weather.

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