It took me around 6 months to plan my trip and a year's worth of hard work and saving, but I poured my heart into each and every moment of planning. And now, there are only 2 days left. I can't believe it. It has all been incredibly worth it.
We left the Randles Court this morning a little after 8 and decided to just hit the road for Blarney Castle. I had previously planned on us eating lunch in Blarney at the Muskerry Arms. We pulled into Blarney around 10am and decided to just eat brunch there instead. We had the restaurant practically to ourselves which was nice. A continental breakfast of fruits and cereals and brown bread was provided and then we were able to order off the hot menu in addition. Both of us ordered omelets...I didn't get a picture of the omelet because I was too hungry and wolfed it down. The brown bread here was FAR superior to the brown bread of yesterday and the omelet was delicious. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Blarney.
Leaving Blarney we headed to Barryscourt Castle.
After speaking with Finian (yes I just wanted to say his name one more time) a little bit more, we got back in the car and drove the 15 minutes to our hotel, the Belvedere Lodge. I had read that it could be difficult to find, but I thought "we have GPS, we can get anywhere"...ummm no. GPS did not find the Belvedere Lodge...it did find the street it was on though thank goodness, and I strained to see every sign on the street until finally, I spotted it.
Up next: Rock of Cashel, Cahir Castle, and back to Dublin
~ps so glad we go the super insurance on the rental. I noticed today that the passenger side got scratched from the thickets on the Ring of Kerry...eek
~pps we saw multiple drive through McDonald's today...something we hadn't seen all week. But still, the number of them is far far less than in the states.
~ppss there are no public trash/waste bins anywhere to be seen! We've put our trash in the back seat of the car and carried it into the hotels with us, to have them dispose of it....every gas (petrol) station we've come to hasn't even had trash(litter)bins at the pumps...something we Americans again take for granted