The Dingle Peninsula
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Have you ever been in REM sleep, lost to the world, when a loud sound startles you back into reality? Around 3 a.m. we sat straight up in bed, courtesy of a loud alarm, ringing very much like the bell to change classes in high school. Good grief!! After five minutes of rrrrrring, rrrrrrring, rrrrrring, I thought it best to check things out, so I poked my head out the door and caught the attention of one of our neighbors standing in the hall. "The smoke detectors have been set off, but don't worry. It is only a false alarm." Okay. Am I supposed to feel better? It took me about an hour to fall back asleep. Boy, did I ever fall asleep ~ like a rock!
"We have a full day ahead of us.
Breakfast was hurried but still very delicious. Smoked salmon for breakfast. Yummy. The warm croissant rolls and fresh jellies were the best I have ever tasted.
The weather was typically Irish ~ overcast and cool. We dressed appropriately with sweaters and slickers, just in case of rain. Des had our route mapped and talked to us as he drove, always quick to point out any point of interest. His home is in Dingle and he wanted to share this magical place with us. Located along the northern coast of Kerry, the atmospheric Dingle peninsula is a timeless land that holds a special place in the Irish consciousness.
We followed the country roads as they took us through villages and towns. With each mile that passed, we got closer to our destination. Soon we were on the coastal road, enjoying a clear view of the ocean and sandy beaches from atop the rugged cliffs. We stopped to take a picture of the beautiful statue of Jesus on the cross that had been erected to mark the most western point of Europe. Interesting.
I love pottery and the Louis Mulcahy Pottery Factory was just up the road. What a treat for me! But how in the world would I ever decide what to buy from the large selection. Well, it wasn't too hard because I had to fit it into my suitcase. So four beautiful azure-colored soup bowls with handles would be coming home with me.
Next stop: Gallarus Oratory. This is a Christian Church situated on natural farmland which was used over 1,200 years ago for prayer and worship. It overlooks the Smerwick Harbour and has been exposed to strong winds and the unforgiving Atlantic weather, but it is still watertight after all these years. This stone structure is a perfect example of dry rubble masonry ~ no mortar ~ and is evidence of skilled craftmanship. The stones are stacked in a downward and outward manner in order to funnel rain away from the interior.