Thursday, August 16, 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Muckross Park Hotel

 Prior to our 2015 trip to Ireland, I had researched the Muckross Park Hotel,
therefore, I knew they served a gluten free afternoon tea. 
I was very pleased to learn we had a flexible schedule during our two-night stay.
This was our last opportunity for a full afternoon tea during the two-week tour.
After a morning of shopping and visiting in Killarney and the park on Wednesday
June 20th, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea in the Monk's Lounge of the hotel.
 We ordered the Champagne Afternoon Tea.
Our gluten free sandwiches above and Glenn's gluten-filled below.
So beautiful and delicious!
Scones with clotted cream sprinkled with crystalized sugar.
The Muckross Park's Signature Fruit Cake was served with the scones.
The gluten free desserts below. 
I forgot to take a photo of Glenn's gluten-filled version.
 We thoroughly enjoyed this delicious afternoon tea.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018


The scenery along the drive out to the town of Dingle 
and beyond, on the Dingle Peninsula, is amazing. 
We stopped in Dingle for a seafood lunch at John Benny's Pub,
rainwater sorbet at Murphy's and shopping.

 I was standing here taking photos of the coast when I noticed this 
handmade sign attached to the fence post with a bungee cord,
and then I suddenly realized the amazing vista beyond the sign.

 We were blessed to visit the Dingle Peninsula in 2015 on a beautiful sunny day.
There was a different atmosphere and view in the fog as we looked 
off into the distance where one of the most recent Star Wars movies was filmed. 
And below is the Dingle Gin that Susan said is the best in Ireland.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Adare and Tralee

After an overnight in Limerick, we stopped for a brief visit
in the beautiful village of Adare, where we stayed for four nights in 2015.
We love this village.  It is quaint and pretty and
has something for each of us to enjoy.

Then on to Tralee where we visited the rose garden. 

Sunday, August 12, 2018

The Cliffs of Moher

It was not the "perfect weather" day to visit the Cliffs of Moher
due to the drizzle and fog.  But, you can see Austin thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

An Fear Gorta Tea and Garden Rooms

I really wanted to visit this tearoom during our 2015 visit to Ireland,
but it was closed the day we were in the little town of  Ballyvaughn in the Burren.
I was so happy to see it on Susan's itinerary  
This was our stop for lunch on Monday, June 18.

The Coffee and Baileys Roll, below, was a very popular dessert with our group!  
(and, it was gluten free)

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Driving Through the Buren

 The day of rain and fog happened when we were to drive through the Burren
and to the Cliffs of Moher.  But, visibility was very poor.
Fortunately, our family visited and stayed overnight in the Burren in 2015,
otherwise, we would have been very disappointed this trip.
Susan, our guide took us to an indoor (for the most part) visit to the
Michael Cusack Centre, and we learned about the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Why?  Because the night before County Clare won a major Hurling match (game. or whatever).
I had never heard of the sport of Hurling but quickly learned it's a popular sport in Ireland.

 Of course Austin purchased a hurling stick and ball
after participating in the demonstration and what we would call
a "pick-up" game with the men on the bus.

I wandered off from the hurling demo to enjoy
the gardens in the drizzle and fog.
And, I don't mean that in a bad way. 
We would have been disappointed if there had been no drizzle and fog in Ireland.
But, on the other hand, there is no convenient day for it, either. 

Our next stop in the Burren was
visit the ruins of an abbey.

 And, finally off in the distance of the bottom photo, you can
see (through the drizzle), the very rocky terrain of the Burren.
My favorite part of the day is in the next post.


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