Today was definitely a highlight of the trip so far and a great first full day of our Rick Steve’s tour. That is saying something considering we spent about 4 hours on a bus and we both had motion sickness for most of that.
Our first stop was the Cliffs of Moher. Happily we went pretty early in the morning so we were able to appreciate the full majesty of it all without a crowd. It was one of those places where you feel the need to stop and take a photo after every step because the view just keeps getting more gorgeous.
During our stop for lunch in a small town we happened upon a wedding full of Irish travelers (the polite term for Irish gypsies). We all had to stop and stare at the fantastical nature of the dresses those women were wearing (and wonder how they were managing to defy gravity to such a degree). Unfortunately I didn’t get a great photo, but I will try to get one from someone else and share it tomorrow.
After that it was straight on to Dingle, the hometown of our tour guide. We have heard a lot about this place from Dara – including its rich musical life, its prominence of Irish/Gaelic speakers, and a few of its unique characters, all of whom seem to be related in one way or another to Dara. We got to meet a few of those characters today, including Dara’s father who regaled us with Irish sayings and accordion renditions of the Tennessee Waltz.
After another delicious dinner we went into town to spend some time at a Dingle institution: Currans Pub.
And also from the infamous Timmy. This gentlemen is over 90 and still coming to the pub every night to socialize – and sing by request!
As we returned home to our hotel, we had to remind ourselves once again that it can look like this outside and still be 10 p.m.: