The Irish Adventure: Day 2
As I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to be updating my blog regularly so our family and friends can keep up with us. You’re more than welcome to join in the festivities!
Today we left Kilkenny and headed west to Killarney. What should have been a roughly 3 hour trip turned into an odyssey that spanned most of the morning and early afternoon. These roundabouts (circles!) are killing me. I’m still in awe that the Irish car rental agencies just let Americans rent cars and go for broke.
While the country roads are gorgeous and the scenery sublime, the roads are narrow and often edged with rock walls. Add a few giant trucks hurtling at us at over 100km per hour and you can see why I’m not really acclimating. I much prefer the big motorways–there is a lovely median separating our little clown car from the opposing traffic.
We had to stop for gas today and that was an adventure. Ant skipped off to the men’s room and left me to figure out if our car was diesel or not. I asked this Irish looking guy–cable knit sweater, Celtic bracelet, snow white hair, ruddy complexion–for some help and he asked me where I was from. In an apologetic tone, I explained we were from New Jersey, one of two states in America that doesn’t allow self-serve gasoline. He smiled and told me he was from Maine. (Nice one, Nat.)
Our hotel in Killarney is cozy, and we are walking distance to town. Ant availed himself to one of the armchairs upon arrival.
We spent the remainder of the day and early evening wandering around the quaint streets of Killarney. Tourism is a big industry here and it’s easy to see why.
Tomorrow we’re getting back in the car to do a driving tour of one of the peninsulas–we haven’t decided which one yet–but it promises to be a fun day! We have dinner reservations at this restaurant in town and are really looking forward to having some Boxty (an Irish potato dish).
I’ve been dying to check out an Irish grocery store and we managed to do just that in the waning hours of the afternoon. We ended up buying a cartful of candy and biscuits to bring home.
Until my next posting, I shall leave you with another charming photo of the picturesque town of Killarney, Ireland in County Kerry.