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In Dublin, visiting Guinness Factory with Marlene and David

June 10,11

We left Galway with fond memories and drove to Dublin which was our next destination. We have booked a small luxury hotel called Roxford Lodge hotel. We selected this hotel after reading Trip Advisor reviews. It was difficult to find a hotel in the city centre which has parking facilities.
Most hotels in Dublin do not have parking facilities. They have requested patrons to use near by public parking. You could end up paying as much as 24 pounds a day just to keep the car. Roxford Lodge was not in the city centre, but close enough. It had limited free parking and that was one of the main reasons for selecting this hotel.

Dublin is the capital of Ireland. It is also the most populous city in Ireland. There is evidence to show that Dublin has been inhabited from prehistoric times. It's known history dates back to Roman times. Dublin is situated at the mouth of the river Liffey. River Liffey divides the city in two, between the Northside and the Southside. The Northside is generally seen as working class and the Southside as middle or upper middle class.

We arrived in Dublin in the late afternoon and we found our hotel in a quiet street, a little outside the city centre. We could see the entrance to the hotel, but we could not see any parking facility. I went to the reception and asked the girl where I could park the car. Parking was available at the back of the hotel. We had to drive around and come from a back lane to the back of the hotel. The girl would open the gate and allow our car to come in. We found a very small car park. That was good enough for us. The girl at the reception came down to our car to meet us. She opened the back door of the hotel using a code and then guided us to the reception through a maze of doors and corridors. We took quite sometime to understand the layout of the place. There were doors and passages everywhere. There was a staircase and an elevator to go to the reception. The girl put us in the small elevator with our bags and said she will meet us on the first floor. She took the staircase and met us on the first floor where they had the reception.

Mala at Roxford Lodge Hotel with Janina

Mala at Roxford Lodge Hotel with Janina

This girl Janina was the best receptionist I have seen in all of the hotels we visited. She was a bundle of energy and did everything in the hotel except running the restaurant. All the doors including the gate to the car park would be kept locked at all times for security. We got security codes to all the doors to open them when we go out and come back to the hotel. While talking to Janina, I asked her jokingly whether she is Irish. She said Yes I am fully Irish, my parents and grand parents are all Irish. I told her that her name did not sound like an Irish name. She agreed, Yes, she got a strange name not very common in Irish. It sounded more like a Russian name.

We have been planning to meet David and Marlene in Dublin. Marlene used to work with Mala in Carlingford. We knew David and Marlene for a long time. Around the same time as we started our trip to UK, they started their group tour from London. They were doing a very similar trip visiting the same cities, but going in the opposite direction. We checked our schedules and found that we would visit Dublin on the same two days as David and Marlene. We were staying in two different hotels, but we could meet and visit some of the attractions together. David checked and told us that their tour operators have arranged various activities for them on the first day, but they are free on the second day. We agreed to meet them at their hotel on the second day. David later found that on the second day, their tour operators have arranged a visit to the Guinness Store and an optional dinner at the Guinness store. He said we could join them for the visit and the dinner. We agreed.

On the first day in Dublin, Mala and I decided to buy tickets for the Hop on - Hop off bus and do a city tour. The tickets were valid for two days. We had only a few hours left on the first day. We decided to do a quick tour on the first day and do the rest on the second day depending on the free time we have. We got off the bus only at few places, but did the full round in the bus. We did not get out of the bus at Guinness Store knowing we would be doing the full trip next day with David and Marlene. We had dinner in a pub in the city and took a taxi back to the hotel. When we came back to the hotel, David has already called us. We tried to call him several times, but he was not in his room. Later we found that their group attended a function that went on till very late in the night.

Mala, David and Marlene near Malahide Castle

Mala, David and Marlene near Malahide Castle

We called David again in the morning. They were free to meet us and we could decide to do something together. We had our breakfast in our hotel and drove the car to David’s hotel. We met them at their hotel and decided to visit a castle a little outside the city. This castle is called Malahide castle. We did a full tour of the castle, but we were not allowed to take any photographs inside the rooms. The reason could be that there were many different pieces of furniture brought down by the owners from different countries and some of the pieces could be valuable antiques that could not be taken out of those countries.

Malahide Castle from a distance

Malahide Castle from a distance

David suggested that we visit the Dublin museum and the gallery in the city. We drove back to the city and found a parking station in the city very close to the museum. Our visit to the museum was a valuable experience. There were several mummies found in the bogs of various parts of Ireland. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs. A bog is a marshy land and the bodies buried in these marshy lands got preserved.

Andrew and Mala at Guiness Store with old bottles

Andrew and Mala at Guiness Store with old bottles

After visiting the museum and the gallery, we still had a few hours before visiting the Guinness Store. Our plan was to park our car near David’s hotel Jury’s Inn and join their tour group to go in their bus to visit the Guinness store. We left David and Marlene and came back to our hotel to take a rest. In the mean time David and Marlene were to do a short trip on the Hop on – Hop off bus. We came back to Jury’s Inn around 5:00PM. The tour bus was scheduled to leave the hotel at 5:30PM. David was at the reception, but Marlene was missing. David said they went in the Hop on-hop off bus and he got off near the hotel. Marlene decided to continue in the bus and get off near a shopping centre to do some shopping. She should be back very soon. At 5:20PM, she was still not there. David was getting worried. He asked the two of us to go in the bus with others. He will wait for Marlene and come in a taxi. I said that was not necessary. Let the bus leave. The three of us could wait till Marlene returns. We can go to Guinness Store in our car. We went to the reception to find the way and driving instructions to go to the Guinness Store. Just when we started talking to the reception, Marlene appeared on the doorway. When David got down from the us, he had both tickets for the bus with him. Marlene could not get down from the bus, because she could not change buses without the tickets. She gave up the idea of shopping and continued the full round in the same bus. At the last station, the bus stopped for some time, but she had to wait. She told her problem to the driver and sat there without changing buses. Finally when the hotel was in sight, the bus was getting held up due to traffic. She got off the bus and almost ran to be back in the hotel in time. She finally made it. It was a happy ending and we got into the bus and proceeded to the Guinness store.
David and Marlene introduced us to their group.

Mala,Marlene and David having Guinness on the top floor

Mala,Marlene and David having Guinness on the top floor

They have been travelling together and having a great time. There were two couples from Australia. We all got into the tour bus and did the Guinness Tour as a group. We had a separate tour guide from Guinness to explain things to us. We tasted a free pint of Guinness on the top floor. This floor had a panoramic view of the city. We had a buffet dinner as part of the Guinness tour and finally we wished the entire group a happy trip and came back to our hotel.

This would be our last day in Ireland. Tomorrow we would be taking the ferry and crossing back to UK. Our next destination is Liverpool.

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Second time in Galway to see Trad on the Prom

June 09, Sunday

This was our second visit to Galway. We left Galway three days ago and visited Sligo and Belfast. We had a good time in Belfast. Now we had to drive all the way back from Belfast to Galway to see the Irish show “Trad on the Prom”. In Ireland, we have tasted Irish food, seen and appreciated the natural beauty of their national parks and beaches, visited some of their famous castles. We have also experienced Irish hospitality and the warm welcome and friendship they offer to tourists who visit their country. We did not want to go back without having a taste of their culture and music.

“Trad on the Prom” has become one of the highly rated Irish cultural shows in Ireland. Unlike the Celtic Woman, this show is a mixture of Irish music and Irish dance. The show is available only in Galway at the Galway Bay hotel. It runs from 9:00 PM to 11:00PM. To make sure we could attend the show without any problems, we booked a room in the Galway Bay hotel for the night.

Reception area of Galway Bay Hotel

Reception area of Galway Bay Hotel

We came to the hotel in the afternoon and found the hotel to be in an exclusive area. The hotel is on the other side of the road facing the beach or the promenade. This could be the best hotel in Galway. We would have missed it if we did not come back for this show. We checked into our room and then came out to inquire about the show. There was a separate reception to handle inquiries about the show. Mala talked to the girl at the reception. She advised us to come early around 8:30 PM to make sure we get good seats. The seats were not numbered and you can sit anywhere in the area designated for your tickets.

View from Galway Bay Hotel

View from Galway Bay Hotel

Mala said we wanted to have dinner before the show. It appeared the restaurant was fully booked for the night. The girl went through the books and managed to book a table for two at 6:15PM. That was the best she could do. We went back to our room, got dressed up for the occasion and came out at 6:15 PM to have dinner. The restaurant was full, but we were given a table in a far corner. It was a set dinner with a limited selection and they served a free wine. When I asked to see the wine list and the prices, the girl who was serving us said there was no price list. The dinner was included as part of the show and you get a free glass of wine with the dinner. We have only bought tickets for the show, and the tickets did not include a dinner. While I was waiting to be served, Mala got up and went back to the reception where they issued tickets and told them she wanted to pay for our dinner. She wanted to make sure we pay for our dinner. The girl at the reception thought we bought tickets for the show including dinner and booked a table for us. There was no way of checking whether we paid or not. She was thankful Mala came to her and volunteered to pay for it.

Mala in Galway Bay Hotel getting ready for the show

Mala in Galway Bay Hotel getting ready for the show



The show was definitely the best show we have seen for a long time. I was thinking that it would be like any other cultural show where you are bombarded with monotonous tunes. I was willing to put up with it for the sake of Irish culture. What we experienced was something totally different. To say the least, it was a brilliant and electrifying performance from the beginning to the end. Unfortunately, the audience was requested not to use cameras. We do not have any photos to add to this blog. We found the people have come from all corners of the world to see this show. There were people from France, UK, Australia and many other countries.

The main person in the show was Mairin Fahy. She and her sister both take part in most of the items. The show started with an introduction about the show by her husband Chris Kelly. He is the producer of the show and also the person who made announcements and explained things about the show. He is a great guitarist. He said their show has been rated as the best Irish show of the year for the last five years. The group of musicians and dancers who take part in the show have acted in the films like River Dance,The Chieftains and Lord of the Dance. Their members have collectively won a total of seventeen world championships. One girl, Claire Greaney, in particular has won the world championship for the sixth time and is the reigning world champion. She is one terrific dancer and glides smoothly on the floor as if she is floating in air. There were four girls including the champion dancer in the dancing unit. They all performed in the River Dance that toured all the countries including Australia. I was watching their foot movements and their amazing ability to glide along the floor in quick steps. The two young boys who performed the Irish tap dance are the world champions for the fifth time.

Gerard Fahy is well known among Irish musicians He was the music director of the film Lord of the Dance. He proved his versatility by performing solo and playing an Irish Instrument made out of pipes. The only accompanying instrument was the drum played by Mairin’s sister Yvonne Fahy. For some of the group performances, Gerard played the flute. Mairin’s sister Yvonne gave a solo performance in drums. She also could play several instruments including the Accordion. The show was so good that we wanted to buy some of their CDs which were on sale at a counter.

After the show, we went to congratulate the performers. We shook hands with them and told them how wonderful the show was. They wanted to know where we came from. We said Australia, but originally from Sri Lanka. We further added that we were in Galway three days ago, but had to go to Sligo and Belfast. Today we came back from Belfast specially for this show. It was the truth and the whole cast were thrilled to hear about it. Mairin and the Gerard autographed our CDs for us.

It was a fabulous night and we did not have to travel far to sleep. We went back to our room in the hotel just one floor away.

Tomorrow we would be driving to Dublin. We wouold be meeting our friends David and Marlene who were doing a group tour and coming to Dublin for two days.

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Our time in Sligo and Belfast

June 7,8 & 9

Our next destination was Sligo, a sea town. We expected it to be a bustling town, but found it to be a sleepy town.
We came to Sligo in the afternoon around 2:00PM, and booked into Sligo Park hotel just outside the city. It was a reasonably good hotel, just outside the city. From outside, the hotel looked more like an office building. In the evening, we went to the city looking for a place to have dinner. The shops have already closed and the city deserted except for restaurants. There was nothing much to see in the city. We had dinner in a small restaurant and came back to the hotel. We thought we will stay in the hotel and take a rest for a change.
The next morning, after breakfast in the hotel, we got out early to visit Belfast. We drove through narrow country roads and avoided big towns. At the same time, we were keen to visit the Belleek pottery factory in Belleek. It was established in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield 155 years ago. The ceramic products of Belleek pottery factory has made a name for itself in Europe, America and Canada. They may not be well known in Australia.

Display of Belleek pottery

Display of Belleek pottery

We took the road that takes us to Belleek from Enniskillen, but there was a diversion on the road. We were directed to a very narrow road that goes through farm land and a few villages. At the end of it, we found Belleek, and the Pottery factory, a reasonably big building. There were many tour buses which brought tourists to visit this place. When we arrived at the factory, one factory tour has just started and the next factory tour was in forty minutes. We had no choice but to wait. We went to the display area and Mala and I walked around looking at some of the display cabinets. There were some items specially designed for various occasions. One display item was a replica of an item that was presented to queen. The factory staff told us that all the items on display are exclusive items and available for sale only in this factory.

Mala with the sales person buying limited edition Belleek item

Mala with the sales person buying limited edition Belleek item

There was one special item that took our attention. In 2012, the factory was celebrating it’s 155 years of service. They issued a limited edition of 155 items called Castlecaldwell Basket in celebrating this event. It was quite expensive, but we decided to purchase it. Then to our surprise, we found that the item on display was the last remaining item. We wanted to make sure the item was not damaged. The girl who was at the counter was very helpful. She took it inside to show it to her manager and get it tested for any flaws. She later confirmed the item was tested and found to be flawless. It was very well packed by her and finally we bought it along with a certificate of authenticity. We have to think of a way of carrying it in our hand luggage.

Belleek craftsperson making hand made ceramic flowers

Belleek craftsperson making hand made ceramic flowers

The next morning we were heading to Belfast, a very cosmopolitan city in Ireland. Belfast is the capital and also the largest city of Northern Ireland. The city's history has been marked by violent conflict between Catholic and Protestant communities which has caused many parts of the city to be split into 'Catholic' and 'Protestant' areas. In recent years the city has been relatively peaceful and major redevelopment has occurred,

This is the first time we were visiting Northern Ireland. We expected some major changes and some sort of border crossing when we come to Northern Ireland. There was no such thing. The only difference we noted was the change in road signs after we crossed the border. We did not know we were crossing the border. Suddenly the speed limits changed from kilometres to miles. We stopped at a small shop in a small town after crossing and found they use British pounds not Euros any more. UK still uses pounds. Most other countries in the European Union have converted to Euro.

Busy Street in Belfast

Busy Street in Belfast

Belfast is well known for it’s graffiti walls in the city. You can see graffiti everywhere on the city walls. They prefer to call them murals rather than graffiti. During the troubles, both sides painted large murals on buildings. These murals were drawn to incite hatred and animosity. Lately, after their peace accord, more and more murals have been drawn to promote political or religious beliefs. Some of them are advertisements for local businesses.

We checked into our hotel Tara Lodge, a good hotel. The only problem was the limitation in parking. We were going to be there for two days. The hotel was very close to the city centre, but not in a busy area. We managed to find a parking slot in the hotel car park, but parking was on a first come first serve basis. We talked to the hotel staff and found that driving in the city was not difficult, but parking could be a major issue. There were very few parking stations and street parking was almost impossible. We decided to take a city tour on a hop on-hop off city tour bus. You can buy tickets for these buses from the hotel. Our tickets included a visit to Titanic Experience. A small vehicle will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the place where they start these tours. The bus stops at all the interesting places. You can get off the bus, spend any time you like and then board the next bus that comes along. Our first stop was the Titanic Memorial.

Titanic Museum in Belfast

Titanic Museum in Belfast



The ship Titanic was built in a shipyard of Belfast. The people of Belfast had a special connection to Titanic. A fair number of crew and passengers were from Belfast. Titanic Memorial has been built where the ship was built. We visited this place and took the tour inside the building to understand the process that went into building this enormous ship. It was a story of many heroes who sacrificed their lives and the pain felt by many families who lost their loved ones.

Most of the films based on the tragedy of Titanic may not have created the right impression upon people. Most people who saw the films came to consider it as a romantic tragedy and the stories were built around some fictional characters. Visiting the Titanic memorial and doing the tour helps you to learn the true story of the people who died and the few people who escaped to tell their story.

Belfast Castle

Belfast Castle

We came out of the building and took the next bus that came along. It was a good day to visit places, sunny but windy. Our next stop was at Belfast castle. It is a small castle, but in very good condition. The owners of the castle have sold it to the council and presently this place is used as a venue for parties and weddings. There were two weddings on that day and some of the places were not available for visitors. We went around the castle and took some photos and had tea in the restaurant and then took the next bus that came along. We then got off the bus in the city centre main shopping area. Mala bought a few items form the shops and finally we took a cab back to the hotel.

Cat near Belfast castle

Cat near Belfast castle

Our next destination is Galway. We are going there again for one night to see the Irish show “Trad on the Prom”.

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Killarney to Galway via Cliffs of Moher

June 5 and June 6

Our next destination after Killarney was Galway. Galway is a comparatively busy sea town. Initially our plan was to stay two nights in Galway. There is a famous Irish show called “Strum on the Trad” shown in Galway. We were keen to see this show as it gives an insight to Irish culture and dancing. We found the tickets were available only for the Sunday show and according to our plans, we stay there on Wednesday, Thursday. We decided to spend only one night in Galway, that is Wednesday. Then we go to Sligo on Thursday, spend Friday and Saturday in Belfast and then come back to Galway again on Sunday. We were wondering whether it was worth making all these changes and travel back and forth just to see this show. We will be writing about our actual experience after attending this show.
Normally you can cover the distance from Killarney to Galway within three hours. We decided to take the more difficult and time consuming route via Cliffs on Moher.
This is a very scenic route and Cliffs of Moher is one of the major tourist attractions in Ireland. Each year, more than one million tourists visit this place. In Ireland, normally this time of the year, the average temperature is 14 to 18c. Strangely the weather has changed and the average temperature was 22C. When we arrived at Cliffs of Moher, we found a cloudless sky, a perfect Summer day.

Cliffs of moher

Cliffs of moher



The Cliffs of Moher is a naturally formed range of cliffs sharply dropping into the sea. At their highest point, they measure 214 metres high and they stretch along the coast for a length of eight kilometres. It has become one of the major tourist attractions in Ireland and this place is visited by more than one million visitors a year from all over the world. They have been used in many films and the latest was “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” produced in 2009.

Mala near Cliffs of moher

Mala near Cliffs of moher



The name Moher means a ruined castle. They believe there was a castle built on this location though there are no visible ruins. There is a tower called O’Brien’s Tower where the castle existed. The tower was built on the cliffs in 1835 by local landlord Sir Cornellius O'Brien as an observation tower for the hundreds of Victorian tourists that frequented the cliffs at the time.

The O'Brien's Tower highest point in Cliffs of Moher

The O'Brien's Tower highest point in Cliffs of Moher

On a clear day the view can extend as far as Loop Head at the southern tip of Clare and beyond to the mountains of Kerry. Looking north from O'Brien's Tower on clear days, the Twelve Bens in Connemara beyond Galway Bay can be seen, and typically the Aran Islands to the west.
We spent some time at the cliffs and drove along a coastal route to Galway.

Our hotel in Galway Park hotel was in the middle of the city. It took a long time for us to come in to the city due to city traffic and we found the hotel has very limited parking. Luckily we found a vacant slot. We decided to keep the car without moving till we leave the next day. If we take it out, we may have to sacrifice our slot and park on a side road which is not a good option.

The hotel was very nice and the room was of a very high standard. It was late when we arrived at the hotel and we decided to have out dinner in the hotel. We have eaten too many things in the evening and we were not hungry. Anyway the hotel restaurant looked very good and the menu was attractive. We decided to have dinner at the hotel.

Mala in Galway Bay Hotel room

Mala in Galway Bay Hotel room

I ordered a grilled Salmon fillet with vegetables and Mala ordered something called a Chicken Maryland. In Australia we understand Chicken Merryland as a portion containing chicken leg and thigh. What the serving girl brought was something totally different. It was part of a chicken breast crumbed and fried. Mala called her to find whether they got the order right. She normally prefers chicken thigh and leg. Yes, in UK, they serve a portion of the chicken breast and that is called Chicken Maryland. We learned something new from that experience.

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Our fabulous time in Killarney

June 03,04

We really enjoyed our time in Cork. The hotel gave us a full Irish Breakfast. Irish breakfast is nothing like English breakfast. Black pudding, white pudding and Irish bacon are three important items in any Irish breakfast. Black pudding consists of pieces of sausages made from blood, meat, fat, oatmeal, bread or potato fillers. White pudding is the same without blood. Irish bacon is made from the back of the pig instead of the belly. I managed to eat the whole breakfast, just to taste it, but I may not do it again. I found the bacon to be unusually salty. Black pudding and White pudding are fine, but needs getting used to.
Killrney in a very popular tourist resort in Ireland. There are many tourist hotels and countless Bed and Breakfast places in the city. We stayed in a hotel that is known as Loch Lein Country House.

Loch Lein Country house, our hotel in Killarney

Loch Lein Country house, our hotel in Killarney

It is a very highly rated, small luxury hotel in Killarney. It is about seven kilometres from the city centre of Killarney. The hotel is privately owned and run by a couple Annette and Paul Corridan. We have read the raving reviews of this hotel in Trip Advisor and booked it on line. We fully agree with those good reviews and like to add that it is one of the best hotels in Killarney.
We left Cork after breakfast and took less than two hours to arrive in Killarney. It was only 11:30 AM when we arrived at the hotel. Paul came up to us and shook hands with us giving us a warm welcome. We knew it was too early to check in and the normal checking in time was 2:00PM. We said we just came in to see the hotel, but we can go to the city centre and come back at 2:00PM. Paul said there was no need, the room would be made ready immediately if it is not already made and we could have a coffee while he checks with the staff. We found the room was ready and one of the bell boys took our bags into the room. Paul instructed staff to arrange coffee for us. We sat in the garden facing the great lakes of Killarney and had coffee with cakes. It was a great start for the best two days of our trip.

Andrew relaxing in the hotel room

Andrew relaxing in the hotel room

We found our hotel room to be bigger than other hotel rooms having windows facing the lake. The room was elegantly decorated with a large comfortable king size bed in the centre. The bathroom was very clean and roomy. We were going to spend two nights in this hotel. We decided to drive back to the city and see the Muckross house on the first day. That would allow us to spend the second day doing the ring of Kerry.

Muckross House in Killarney

Muckross House in Killarney

Muckross house is a nineteenth century Victorian mansion. It was built for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife Mary Balfour Herbert. William Burn the well known Scottish architect was responsible for its design. During the 1850s, Herbert family undertook to do extensive garden works in preparation for Queen Victoria’s visit. This gardening tradition has been maintained to this date. There are three main gardens known as the Sunken Garden, Rock Garden and the Stream Garden.
The house itself has been maintained as a showpiece by the families who owned it. You have to pay and take the guided tour to have access to all the main rooms. Unfortunately the tour guide informed us that we are not allowed take photographs inside the house. We have no photographs to show the furniture and decorations of the internal areas in the house. The owners have travelled extensively and bought some expensive items to decorate the house. There were two small triangular tables with their legs in the shape of standing elephants. The owners have brought them from Sri Lanka. The tables have been painted to look like ebony, but the guide told us the wood was not ebony.
According to the tour guide, there were some twenty odd servants to attend to various errands in the house. There was a system of bells all connected to strings and the house owners could ring them any time during the day to summon the servants. Each bell emanated a different sound and the servants knew what each sound meant and obeyed the summons immediately.
We had dinner in a pub called Murphy’s pub in the city. We were planning to taste Irish pub food for a long time and this was our chance. Mala ordered an Irish Lamb stew and I ordered an Irish Guiness beef casserole.

Rings of Kerry, a scene of natural beauty

Rings of Kerry, a scene of natural beauty

On our second day in Killarney we had our breakfast in the hotel and started early to do the Ring of Kerry. The Ring of Kerry is a very well known scenic route that covers a total distance of nearly 180 kilometres. It takes you through some beautiful beaches, mountain areas, lakes and pretty Irish villages.

Beutiful Lake in Ring of Kerry, seen from the road

Beutiful Lake in Ring of Kerry, seen from the road

While driving along the Ring of Kerry, we came to a small village called Cahersiveen and saw a name board showing a French Patisserie. We stopped the car in a parking lot in the main street and looked for it. It was hidden among other buildings,but after asking from other shops on the road, we finally found it. It was an authentic French patisserie run by a French couple. We sat there and had two almond croissants and coffee. We bought more stuff to take back with us to the hotel.

Mala in the French Patisserie

Mala in the French Patisserie



Adjoining the ring of Kerry, there is another ring called Skellig Ring. Halfway through the Ring of Kerry, after passing the village Cahersiveen, you take a small ferry and enter the island called Valentia Island.

Small Ferry which took us to the Valentia Island

Small Ferry which took us to the Valentia Island

You can spend a few days exploring the island. We could only afford to spend a couple of hours in the island. We opted to visit Glanleam House and gardens in the island. These gardens have been created and maintained by a family for many years. There are walking tracks, paths leading to the beach, very rare tropical trees and many different flowering shrubs in this garden. In one place, there is a healing well and a healing energy slate. Both the well and the slate are supposed to have healing powers. You can stand on the slate or sit keeping your bare foot on the slate for thirty minutes to absorb energy and get rid of any sicknesses.

Mala keeping her bare foot on the Healing Slate

Mala keeping her bare foot on the Healing Slate

We drove out of the island using a long bridge at the other end. After passing a small village called The Glen, we came across a chocolate factory. Every tourist who passes this way stops at the chocolate factory to taste chocolates. We stopped at the factory and tasted all the different types of chocolates that are manufactured in the factory.

Mala buying chocolates in the chocolate factory

Mala buying chocolates in the chocolate factory

We ended up buying a few packets of chocolates. and managed to complete both the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring in one day. If you want to properly cover everything in Killarney, you need one week or more.
Tomorrow we would be leaving Killarney and planning to visit Sligo and then Belfast in Northern Ireland.

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