Friday, October 30, 2015

Lunch Stop in Doolin and on to Ballyvaughan

 We stopped for lunch in Doolin, four miles north of the Cliffs of Moher. 
 Our lunch was grilled chicken and mash (mashed potatoes and carrots)
 Doolin is reputed to have three of the best pubs for traditional music in Ireland, 
McDermott's , McGann's and Oconner's 
 Every place we ate had two daily specials including one vegetarian.  
Ferries make round trips from Doolin to the Aran Islands ,weather permitting. 
We turned to the east and drove through Lisdoonvarra
and into the rocky landscape of the Burren. 
 You may need to enlarge these photos to see the rocky Burren 
on the side and the Galway Bay in the background. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

County Clare and the Cliffs of Moher

 We departed the beautiful village and drove northwest
across County Clare to Lahinch on the coast. 
Lahinch (Lehinch), a seaside resort, is a popular with vacationers, golfers and surfers.  

We continued 6 miles north along the coast of County Clare 
to the amazing Cliffs of Moher. Ireland's most visited natural attraction.
O'Brien's Tower in the background was built in 1835 by Cornelius O'Brien,
of Bunratty Castle fame, to encourage tourists.  


 The visitor center is built into the hillside and contains a large gift shop, 
restrooms and a tea room.  The structure is a unique cave like structure
which minimizes the visual impact of the fabulous scenic location.
 Hiking paths and the cliffs go on for miles. 
Traditional Irish music was being played along the pathways. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Miss Crumpet's Tea Room in Adare

Afternoon tea at Miss Crumpet's Tea Room located in
Adare's Old Creamery was delightful on our last day in Adare, Ireland. 
Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance for a full afternoon tea.

Austin and I enjoyed a gluten free full Irish Afternoon Tea.
Portions were large and delicious.    
Glenn's tea tray is below.  
I was so ready for this gluten free experience.


The sliced strawberries were on cream in meringue shells,
a great idea to serve with gluten free tea at home.

The tea room is located upstairs in one of the most unique gift shops I've visited. 

Although afternoon tea must be arranged in advance,
anyone can come in for delicious homemade desserts and tea.

Aynsley Cherry Blossom tea set for sale.
Price: 95 Euros = $107.24

Below, Miss Crumpet welcomes guests on arrival
The shops included a fudge shop, a "haunted house" and a Christmas shop.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Teapots and Scones

 I noticed the hardware store on Main Street in Adare. 
I  enjoy exploring local shops when traveling. 
I couldn't resist taking these photos of teapots for sale. 
The local grocery is another of my favorite places to visit. 
There were so many exciting items for sale, so different from our stores at home. 
I love the pastry display with the scones and other treats. 
 The locals could grab and cup of coffee and a scone 
on the way to work for only 2.50 Euros.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

To Dingle Peninsula

On Monday we drove into West Kerry along the Dingle Peninsula to the town of Dingle. 
This drive along the north of the peninsula was through diverse scenery and landscape. 
Into the hills where the Brandon Bay can be seen in the distance. 
Then into the rocky steep terrain.

Hugging the narrow road (while driving on the "wrong" side)

Sheep in the road

Through the Connor Pass with a view of Dingle Bay. 

We arrived in Dingle, the "westernmost town in Europe." 
Famous for Fungi, the town's friendly dolphin who lives in the harbor.

The town is known for its brightly painted houses and storefronts
along narrow streets to the harbor.  

 My lunch:  an open-faced crab sandwich on gluten free bread with a pot of tea

After lunch and shopping , 
Austin and I enjoyed Irish Coffee Ice Cream.  Yum!
The drive back took us along the southern route of the peninsula. 

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