County of Kerry (CO of Kerry as per the maps) and the town of Kenmare was our destination.
But not before we passed through Dublin for the evening.
My day job has offered me great opportunity to meet new people around the globe. One such gorgeous person is Ava Battles. When I asked Ava for some recommendations for a stopover in Dublin for the night, she so generously offered us accommodation at hers and she assured me she would think of somewhere for us to dine and hear some Irish music. We had a wonderful visit with Ava and husband Sean. Johnnie Fox’s Irish Pub in the hills of the outskirts of Dublin was where we were taken for dinner and to listen to a local musician sing.
On the recommendation from our friends, the first town for a stop was Adare in the CO of Limerick. Such a picturesque and quaint village. A few hours to wander around and stretch the legs and off we headed again.
Located our hotel and quickly settled in. A walk around the town clearly indicated this was a popular destination and we were fairly sure we had chosen a good spot for our first Irish experience.
Tez had been a little unsure if we would visit the Ring of Kerry. He thought it may be too touristy. We now reflect and wonder what we were expecting – as it was such a surprise! A 10 hour drive around the Ring of Kerry the next day was simply spectacular. Some of the best scenery, rugged cliffs and coastline, stunning little villages, windy little roads full of character and with a few wrong turns (depending on which one of us was navigating at the time) taking us to some great viewing points.
Not sure when we will return, but Ireland has certainly met our expectations and so much more……we just know there is so much more to see and experience.