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Old 06-11-2008, 02:05 PM   #1
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Smile Part Three of Five of our Trip to the Emerald Isle

TUESDAY
On our way to Killarney today...had to have our bags packed and ready to go by 0715. We left our bags in the room (as instructed...they were magically placed on our bus and showed up in our hotel room in Killarney ) and headed down for breakfast . By 0830 we were on the bus and on our way to Killarney, stopping off in a few hours in Cashel. As we rolled out of Dublin and into the countryside - there was so much to see! A lot of green , green, GREEN grass hillsides (they don't call it the Emerald Isle for nothing baby!) farms and sheep. And more sheep and then...SHEEP. Fields of green dotted with white fluffy...well, sheep! Haha! We did see some cows and horses but the best part, with it being late spring, we saw lots of lambs, calfs and colts/foals. Babies and their mamas were everywhere. I took so many pictures of sheep, it was ridiculous (or just sheepishly obsessive). ANYWAY, about an hour and a half into our ride, we made a pit stop for tea and scones (yummy!) before we were back on the road to Cashel. Cashel is magnificent. As we approached the town, you could see the castle ruins off in the distance and could easily realize why that site and locale was chosen to build this castle.

Another local expert (whose name eludes me at the moment) gave us a tour of the castle ruins and grounds before we headed into town for lunch on our own and a little exploration. It was back on the bus by 1:30 for the final leg of our journey to Killarney (about another 2-2 1/2 hours). **TIP** The roads in Ireland are very narrow, curvy with turn after turn and they drive on the opposite side of the road. A couple of people in our group suffered from motion sickness. If you are one of those people, please make sure you pack something to take for the drive. I don't think we ever spent more that 2.5 hours at a time on the road with out a break.
We arrived in Killarney around 4pm and were greeted in the hotel lobby by the Town Squire and the Mayor. We had the afternoon to ourselves before meeting for dinner at 6:30pm. Tonight, two special dinners were planned, one for the kids and another for the adults. The six children in our group were escorted to a room from their own private dinner, an Irish storyteller and movie. Adults were whisked off to the hotels fine dining restaurant, "Mentons". Dinner was delicious and our friends boy Alex said he had an "awesome" time with his new friends.

WEDNESDAY
Our first (and thank goodness our ONLY) rainy day. It was just an annoying drizzle at this point but our guides were prepared and dispersed ABD ponchos right after breakfast for our 30 minute jaunty cart ride (think of the courting cart in the movie "The Quiet Man") to Muckross House (think of the house on Dynasty) located in Killarney park (a stone's throw from the hotel). Upon arrival of Muckross house, we took a quick tour of the gardens before the skies opened with more that a drizzle. We made it inside, just in time!! Junior adventurers were whisked off on their own tour while the adults went on theirs. Alot of beautiful pieces of furniture and some wonderful views of the mountains from the sitting rooms.

Due to the continuing downpour, we did not get to bike ride around the park and up to the falls as originally planned. We did take the bus to the falls and most of us trudged to the falls (a short walk and well worth the beauty) after all, we weren't going to let a little rain get in our way. Actually, all of the foliage acted as a sort of umbrella, we really didn't get to wet. After our hike it was off to the Muckross garden room for lunch and a chance to visit their craft store. Pottery and weaving are done on site and you can purchase their crafts and other items as well.

We were back to the hotel by 2pm and had the rest of the afternoon and evening to ourselves. The rain was still coming down in a steady pace so our little group opted for a little down time. The boys napped, the girls went shopping!!! Dinner that night was at Flesk, a great little seafood place (actually their menu had many other selection as well) about two doors down from the hotel.

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Old 06-11-2008, 04:11 PM   #2
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I love your trip report. We're leaving in about 5 1/2 weeks for the Emerald Isle and now I can't wait after reading your report. Looking forward to parts 4 and 5..
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:45 PM   #3
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Great report looking forward to the rest!
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Old 06-12-2008, 07:53 PM   #4
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I 'm loving these reports. I'm getting excited about next year. Keep it coming!
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:51 PM   #5
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Great reports!!! Thanks for sharing..

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THEME PARKS
  • ANIMAL KINGDOM PARK
    • Flame Tree BBQ
    • Pizzafari
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Restaurantosaurus
    • Tusker House
    • Yak & Yeti Counter Service
    • Yak & Yeti
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios
    • '50s Prime Time Cafe
    • ABC Commissary
    • Backlot Express
    • Brown Derby
    • Catalina Eddie's
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Feel the Force VIP Package (Fireworks Dessert Party)
    • Hollywood & Vine
    • Mama Melrose's
    • Min & Bill's Dockside Diner
    • Rosie's All-American Cafe
    • Sci-Fi Dine-In
    • Starring Rolls Cafe
    • Studio Catering Company
    • Toluca Legs Turkey Company
    • Toy Story Pizza Planet
  • Epcot
    • Coral Reef (Living Seas)
    • Electric Umbrella
    • Fountainview (Starbucks)
    • Garden Grill (The Land)
    • Sunshine Seasons (The Land)
    • Akershus Royal Banquet Hall (Norway)
    • Biergarten (Germany)
    • Boulangerie Patisserie (France)
    • Chefs de France (France)
    • Fife & Drum (American Adventure)
    • Illuminations Sparkling Dessert Party
    • Katsura Grill (Japan)
    • Kringla Bakeri og Cafe (Norway)
    • La Cantina de San Angel (Mexico)
    • La Hacienda de San Angel (Mexico)
    • Le Cellier (Canada)
    • Liberty Inn (American Adventure)
    • Lotus Blossom Cafe (China)
    • Monsieur Paul (France)
    • Nine Dragons (China)
    • Odyssey
    • Restaurant Marrakesh (Morocco)
    • Rose and Crown (United Kingdom)
    • San Angel Inn (Mexico)
    • Sommerfest (Germany)
    • Spice Road (Morocco)
    • Tangierine Cafe (Morocco)
    • Teppan Edo (Japan)
    • Tokyo Dining (Japan)
    • Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar (Italy)
    • Tutto Italia (Italy)
    • Via Napoli (Italy)
    • Yorkshire County Fish Shop (United Kingdom)
  • Epcot Food & Wine Festival
    • Argentina
    • Australia
    • Belgium
    • Brewer's Collection
    • Canada
    • Caribbean Islands
    • Cheese
    • China
    • Craft Beers
    • Desserts & Champagne
    • Florida
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hawaii
    • Hops & Barley
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Japan
    • Mexico
    • Morocco
    • New Zealand
    • Poland
    • Party for the Senses
    • Scandinavia
    • Singapore
    • South Africa
    • South Korea
    • Terra
  • Epcot Food & Garden Festival
    • Buttercup Cottage
    • Fleur De lys
    • Florida Fresh
    • Hanami
    • Intermissions Cafe
    • Jardin De Fiestas
    • Lotus House
    • Pineapple Promenade
    • Primavera Kitchen
    • The Smokehouse
    • Taste of Marrakesh
    • Urban Farm Eats
  • Magic Kingdom
    • Be Our Guest Lunch (Fantasyland)
    • Be Our Guest Dinner (Fantasyland)
    • Casey's Corner (Main Street USA)
    • Cinderella's Royal Table (Fantasyland)
    • Columbia Harbour House (Liberty Square)
    • Cosmic Ray's (Tomorrowland)
    • The Crystal Palace (Adventureland)
    • Diamond Horseshoe Review (Frontierland)
    • The Friar's Nook (Fantasyland)
    • Gaston's Tavern (Fantasyland)
    • Golden Oak Outpost (Frontierland)
    • Liberty Tree Tavern (Liberty Square)
    • The Lunching Pad (Tomorrowland)
    • Main Street Bakery (Starbucks)
    • Pecos Bill's (Frontierland)
    • Pinnochio Village Haus (Fantasyland)
    • The Plaza Restaurant (Main Street USA)
    • Sleepy Hollow
    • Tomorrowland Terrace (Tomorrowland)
    • Tomorrowland Terrace Wishes Dessert Party (Tomorrowland)
    • Tony's Town Square (Main Street USA)
    • Tortuga Tavern (Adventureland)
    • Frontierland Turkey Leg Cart
Water Parks
  • Blizzard Beach
    • Avalunch
    • The Cooling Hut
    • Lottawatta Lodge
    • The Warming Hut
  • Typhoon Lagoon
    • Leaning Palms
    • Lowtide Lou's
    • Surf Doggies
    • Typhoon Tilly's
    • Bodie's All American
    • Earl of Sandwich
    • Fulton's Crab House
    • Ghirardelli's
    • Marketplace Snacks
    • Pollo Campero
    • Rainforest Cafe
    • Starbucks
    • T-Rex
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • Pleasure Island
    • Cooke's of Dublin
    • Paradiso 37
    • Planet Hollywood
    • Portobello
    • Raglan Road
  • West Side
    • AMC 24 Pleasure Island Dining
    • Bongo's Cuban Cafe
    • Crossroads at House of Blues
    • Crossroads at House of Blues Sunday Brunch
    • Foodquest
    • Splitsville
    • Smokehouse at House of Blues
    • Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • The Dining Room at Wolfgang Puck Grand Cafe
    • Wolfgang Puck Express
  • West Side Food Trucks
    • Fantasy Fare truck
    • Namaste Cafe truck
    • Superstar Catering truck
    • World Showcase of Flavors truck
Wide World of Sports
    • ESPN Grill
Resorts
  • All Star Movies
    • World Premiere
  • All Star Music
    • Intermission
  • All Star Sports
    • End Zone
  • Animal Kingdom Lodge
    • Boma Flavors of Africa
    • Jiko: The Cooking Place
    • The Mara
    • Sanaa
  • Art of Animation
    • Landscapes of Flavors
  • Beach Club
    • Beach Club Marketplace
    • Beaches and Cream
    • Cape May Cafe
    • Hurricane Hanna's
  • Boardwalk
    • Big River Grille & Brewing Works
    • Boardwalk Bakery
    • Boardwalk Pizza Window
    • ESPN Club
    • Flying Fish
    • Kouzzina
  • Caribbean Beach
    • Old Port Royale
    • Shutters
  • Contemporary
    • California Grill
    • Chef Mickey's
    • Contempo Cafe
    • The Wave
    • Top of the World Lounge
  • Coronado Springs
    • Cafe Rix
    • Laguna Bar
    • Maya Grill
    • Pepper Market
    • Siesta's
  • Walt Disney World Dolphin
    • Cabana Bar and Beach Club
    • The Fountain
    • Fresh Mediterranean Market
    • Picabu Buffeteria
    • Shula's Steakhouse
    • Todd English's bluezoo
  • Fort Wilderness
    • Crockett's Tavern
    • Hoop Dee Doo Musical Review
    • Meadows Snack Bar
    • Mickey's Backyard BBQ
    • Trail's End Restaurant
  • Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
    • 1900 Park Fare
    • Citrico's
    • Garden View Lounge Afternoon Tea
    • Gasparilla Island Grill
    • Grand Floridian Cafe
    • Mizner's Lounge
    • My Disney Girl's Perfectly Princess Tea
    • Narcoossee's
    • Pool Bar
    • Victoria and Albert's
  • Old Key West
    • Goods to Go
    • Olivia's
    • Turtle Shack
  • Polynesian
    • Captain Cook's Snack Company
    • Kona Cafe
    • Kona Island Sushi Counter
    • 'Ohana
    • Spirit of Aloha Polynesian Luau
    • TambuLounge
  • Pop Century
    • Everything Pop
  • Port Orleans
    • Boatwright's
    • Riverside Mill Food Court
    • Sassagoula Flotworks & Food Factory
  • Saratoga Springs
    • Artist's Palette
    • Grandstand Pool Bar
    • Paddock Pool Grill
    • Turf Club
  • Shades of Green
    • Garden Gallery
    • Evergreen's
    • Mangino's Bistro
  • Walt Disney World Swan
    • Garden Grove Cafe
    • Il Mulino New York Trattoria
    • Kimonos Sushi Bar
    • Splash Grill
  • Vero Beach
    • Bleachers Bar and Grill
    • Green Cabin Room
    • Shutters
    • Sonya's
  • Wilderness Lodge
    • Artist Point
    • Roaring Fork
    • Territory Lounge
    • Whispering Canyon
  • Yacht Club
    • Captain's Grille
    • Crew's Cup Lounge
    • Yachtsman Steakhouse
The DVC/Timeshare Advantage
    • Cooked a quick in-room meal
    • Cooked a full sit-down meal in the villa
    • Cooked a meal using a resort BBQ grill


Bonus Points
  • Benihana's
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:11 PM   #6
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Wow - what a great trip report! Thank you, thank you for the tip about the roads and motion sickness - my daughter and I tend to get it quite easily, so we will be prepared!
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