Quite expensive for one night spent in such a beautiful city, but it ended up the trip well with a comfortable set of bed and pillows.
The Marina Lodge at Dingle was a house like any others from the exterior, but inside, that’s where you understood the magic of this place.
We knew we would have a sweet spot in the camping here in the National Park of Killarney
Passing by an amazing plate when we arrived in the restaurant, such a torture when you’re hungry…
Today was our last day in Ireland and we needed to wrap up all the things we experienced during our tour to Iceland and the Irish country. I will always remember the memories, the adventures, the laughs, the great food and drinks, the knowledge we acquired. These things will be graved inside my memory for the rest of my life. So we woke up that morning with the sadness of leaving such a beautiful place very soon. We decided to do something cozy to relax for our last day, so we registered in a bus tour around Dublin city and his surroundings. We left early to be able to pack our bags and luggages in the bus, because right after the ride, we would direct ourselves to the airport to return home. The bus traveled slowly around some great touristic environments and buildings like the Trinity College, the National Art Gallery, the Chirst Church Cathedral, the Phoenix Park (the zoo of Dublin), the Guinness storehouse and many more.
When we passed by The Guinness storehouse, the shame of yesterday reappeared inside and I became fragile, watching Ines and Emily sniggering about what happened last night. So at the end of the tour, we ended up in the middle of nowhere with our luggages. We realized that, by looking at the map, we couldn’t walk all the way to airport and the our only transportation left few minutes ago. That was a problem. We called afterwards a taxi that picked us up d brought us to the airport. In the plane, I looked through the window and said a last goodbye to such a wonderful experience.
As soon as we arrived to Dublin, we wanted to move a bit so we got into a trip on paddle boards in Dublin Bay. You’re kind of on a surf board but equipped with one paddle to direct yourself. It was filled with laughs and hesitations when arrived the moments we were loosing either the control of the board or the balance and hoped not to fall. We also had the chance to watch the big city of Dublin from the water which was pretty cool because we could clearly see the immensity of the colourful buildings near the bay. Each of us fell a couple of times and at the end of the loop, we were all wet but the warm sun was drying ourselves slowly and now was the time to find something to eat.
We asked the guide for advices for interesting and not that expensive restaurants and he told us that we would be pleased by searching on the Talbot Street. So we remembered the directions of the guide and arrived to the populous street. We walked on the sidewalk across the restaurants
and stopped in front of The Celt, a traditional Irish Pub. Our curiosity pushed us in the bistro and we each took a seat. It consisted of Irish meals and drinks, so I instantly thought either the dinner would b
e entertaining and delicious or the opposite. The Celt even taught me something I should have known, but anyway. Guinness is a renowned beer all over the world, but I didn’t know it was from Ireland! This new knowing was stronger than me and I decided to order one to
honour the country and their, I
can confirm, extraordinary great looking and tasty beer. We all satisfied our appetite and got ready for the next day, our last day. 😦
At Kilkenny, there wasn’t that much we discovered of the city, but soon we would because we were registered at the Walking Ghost Tour of Kilkenny. With this tour, we walked through the streets of the city and even stepped back in time to learn about the history of Kilkenny. We visited the Kilkenny Castle, one of the biggest castle of Ireland built in the beginning of the 13th century. In the building, there were many national art collections preserved and showed to the tourism devouring these precious objects with their eyes. I was left with no words when we entered the picture gallery, a long and palatial room filled with portraits of marquesses and Dukes along the walls.
After this shot blast, we were guided to Saint Kieran’s College, which was a few minutes walk from our latest location. Saint Kieran’s College is a Roman Catholic boys’ secondary school founded at the end of the 18th century. We were welcomed with snacks and drinks so we already started to appreciate the place, I only think it’s because we were starving. So we learned about their numerous team of hurling (a native sport from Ireland), soccer, football, handball. This was, according to my opinion, the more remarkable activity I did in Ireland, just because we learned so much about their lifestyles and education that at the end of the tour, I envied the boys from Saint Kieran’s College to have the opportunity of a lifetime. I also think I was the only one from the group that developed this emotion inside, because Ines and Emily are girls and they couldn’t realize the chance the students had. If they actually did, that’s awesome! There was now one more destination to explore before heading back home, but I wasn’t worried for any lack of new knowledge and experiences.
The sun brought heat and light to the room and we woke up by ourselves at approximately the same moment. It was planned that today, we would go kayaking in the Dingle Bay. So we left our room in the lodge and arrived at the marina, where a group a people with kayaks and swimsuits were at the beach, listening to a guide giving directives. We were a bit late, but we could still participate to the adventure of today. The guide was a storehouse of information about Ireland and it made us want to explore even more of the country, but we had a tight agenda. So we smoothly sailed around the Bay for several hours and each of us fell off the kayak a couple of times and everybody laughed. It was a great group to spend time and enjoy the fresh air from the coast. We finally came back from our journey and I can tell you that my arms were beginning to become tired, I’m sure Ines and Emily were experiencing the same thing. We decided that we wanted to rest more the next morning so instead of sleeping again at the lodge, we would sleep in Kilkenny the same day. So we launched our ride with our friend the moon and some good music from Ines’ CDs.
We woke up late that morning, with the singings of the birds and the streaming of the water near us. We unassembled the tents and packed up our things, we were now ready to continue our journey. In the car, we decided to go to Dingle, a town not far from where we were that was formely a western train terminus, The Tralee and Dingle Light Railway. When we arrived we made a link between the colours of the architecture of the houses and buildings of Dingle and the first city we discovered, Reykjavik. Each one was followed by a different colour and it made it look like a beautiful rainbow. We found out pretty fast that Dingle was concentrated on the tourism. We passed by The Oceanworld Aquarium of Dingle and couldn’t resist. We rushed out of the car and bought three students tickets. Actually, from the cashier’s view, our excitements made us look like eight year old kids, but anyway. We entered the building and we were amazed by the rarity of the animals and the immensity of the habitats made for them. There was all kind of fishes, turtles, sharks, dolphins and even penguins. I took a picture of one of them who was playing with a feeding device, i found it pretty funny. We made the tour of the aquarium and we left, with a big smile on our faces. We walked through the town and found a good-looking restaurant, Doyle’s Seafood Restaurant. It was quite expensive so we chose our meal with that in consideration, but my lord it was delicious. We left the restaurant and walked to our place to sleep, the Marina Lodge, next to the Dingle Marina. We could see the lights of the boats from our window, it was amazing.information: