Linda's International Trip Journal travel blog


Well, of course!

Ladies View, named because Queen Victoria’s Ladies in Waiting liked it so...

The lake in Killarney National Park, part of the Ring of Kerry.


Beautiful walk to a waterfall.

Before the falls.


Lunch with Pat and Liz and also my hostel roommates from Galway.

We take a horse and buggy ride with a sweet talking Irish...

Ross Castle on an island in the lake. Destroyed by Oliver Cromwell.

Sally the horse and our buggy.

Coddle, one of the favorite foods of Dublin.

Today my bus tour continued to the Dingle Peninsula and includes Connor Pass, one of the highest Irish mountain passes served by an asphalted road. A very narrow, twisting road. The scenery changed from almost Barron to wet woods lands and lakes. We made several stops. One for the waterfall you will see in the pictures and another longer one in Kerry for lunch and a ride through the county park with a horse and buggy. It was really an oohing and awhing day.

We returned to Dublin after 7 PM and a drop-off almost at the doorsteps to my last night in the Abbey Court Hostel. It was not my lucky night. This time instead of the 4 bunks room, I’m in a 16 bed room. And I discovered what a rabbit’s warren this place is. I have to walk down two flights of steps, through the dinning area, past an outdoor sitting area, through the game room, up two more flights of steps and through the bar, down a hallway and to the right, finally to room 16! No nearby bathroom! Ugh! I will not be planning a hostel trip again. However, evening spending a few nights in hostels, this is one of the most expensive trips I’ve taken.

My last dinner in Dublin was at the Bachelor Pub next to Abbey Court. The bus driver just mentioned that Coddle was the dish of Dublin so I tried it and thought it pretty good. Was a vegetable soup with black pudding sausage and two other sausages served with slices of black bread and a half pint of Guinness. Gets the name Coddle, because it is slow cooked in a stew pot, or coddled.

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