(Day four recap of my recent Ireland trip.)
It was time to bid friendly Ennis goodbye. Kim and I rose early to get in a shower and breakfast before our 8:45 am departure time. We found that our suitcases - carefully arranged at the start of our journey - had become difficult to repack. I swear the Irish climate must've caused our clothes to swell! After a bit of shoving and squishing, we finally cried uncle and unzipped the suitcase expanders.
|All packed up and ready to go!
Our tour group gathered in the outside courtyard of the hotel, waiting for guide Pascal's instruction to load up the bus. It was another lovely dry and sunny day - so different from the weather I'd expected to see in Ireland. No complaints, though!
|Kim waves from the observation deck
|Wind in my hair
|Break in Listowel
Once off the ferry, our bus continued its journey across more ultra-green countryside. After another half hour, we pulled into the town of Listowel for our next stop. We had an appointment for tea and scones at the John B. Keane pub. The bus let us all out next to a large church and we walked several blocks down narrow lanes until reaching the famous pub. Along the way, we passed a life-size statue honoring Listowel's famous author.
|John B. Keane statue
|John B. Keane pub
|Billy Keane - he was a fantastic speaker!
|Memorabilia lines the walls of John B. Keane pub
|Posters of the screenplays written by John B. Keane
|Uber-green Irish countryside on the way to Dingle
|Yellow gorse lines the roads
|Approaching Dingle Bay
|Dingle town was adorable!
|I just loved all the brightly colored buildings
|More Dingle street scenes
|Interesting stone building
|Lots of signs in Irish here
|Dingle had their own "walk of fame"
|Boats in Dingle Bay
|Fungie the famous dolphin
|Our walking tour begins
|Cute exterior decor
|Statue of crucified Christ
|Somehow Kim and I missed this the first time!
|The Dingle pub was cute
|St. James Church
|Cemetery, St. James Church
|Such a lovely sky!
|Foxy Johns - pub and hardware store
|St. Mary's Church
|Beautiful interior of St. Mary's Church
|St. Mary's Church steeple
|More colorful doors
|Milltown House - our guesthouse for the next 2 nights
|View of Dingle Bay from Milltown House
|One of the two Irish wolfhound mascots
|Such gentle giants!
|The dogs didn't do much but sleep
|Happy hour in the guesthouse bar
|We had a most excellent dinner!
|After dinner walk around the area
|Dingle Bay towards town
|Dingle town view across the bay
|Zoomed in view directly across the bay
|Zoomed in view of the adjacent hills
|Lovely green, rock-wall-lined pastures
|Two musicians performed at our guesthouse
|Our "Masterpiece Theater" photo