"Éireann go Brách" March '06 (part 2)
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On Wednesday of our vacation, we went out to the Ventry area and did some horseback riding!! Yippee! We did this at Long's Horseriding and Trekking Centre and we had a total blast!!
I, of course, was scared to death, but the rest of my family took to riding like they'd been doing it all their life! I was on an Irish Cob named 'Bob the Builder'...a lovely guy, mild-mannered, but huge! I've really never been around horses so I wasn't exactly, shall we say, you know, well...the most, comfortable! lololol The funny thing was, neither had the rest of my family, except for my husband and oldest son, but they all still took right to riding like ducks to water! I was so proud of them as they all went riding off down the trail.
Later that day, we drove around the Ring of Kerry.
On Thursday, the 9th, we drove out to Blarney Castle...YES, we had to kiss the blarney stone! It didn't matter how many mouths had gone before us, we still wanted to do it! lol The kids were beside themselves with excitement and, to be truthful, so were Wes and I. The place was amazing! To add to it, there is also the Gardens, Blarney House, the Stone and Rock Close to explore as well.
We thoroughly explored Rock Close and wandered the grounds...gorgeous! We climbed up the castle to the top and made our way to the Blarney Stone--traditionally believed to have the power to bestow eloquence on all those who kiss it! The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and to kiss it, you have to lean backwards (holding on to an iron railing) from the parapet walk. A guide is there to help you as you can see below.
Afterwards, we drove down to Cork and explored there for awhile and then went back to Dingle to wrap up the day.
On Friday, the 10th, we spend the day in Tralee...poking around town. Tralee has loads of things to see and the restaurant that we ate in (can't remember the name...want to say it was "Harry's") had scrumptious food and a very pleasing atmosphere. In the evening, we went to the greyhound races at the Kingdom Stadium! Another 'first' in our new and exciting repetoir of adventure! Being the amateurs that we were, we lost all the money that we bet, but it sure was fun! 8-o
As the last of the greyhounds were coming off the track and people were shaking hands and tossing their booklets into the trash, we turned to walk toward the exit gate.
That night we drove back to Dingle, and the next morning would find us saying our 'goodbyes' to Ireland. We had a fabulous time!
Éireann go Brách!!