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Dingle and Slea Head

Last August, I spent a weekend in the Gaeltacht area of the Dingle Penninsula. It truly is a beautiful place, far away from the hustle and bustle of Dublin. The Lonely Planet describes Dingle as an unforgettable beauty with an “ever-varied and multihued landscape”. The town’s many pubs and cafe/ restaurants add to the town’s charm.

The highlight of our visit was a cycle around Slea Head. Our route was about 26 miles. We started in Dingle town, passed through Ventry, around Slea Head, Ballyferriter, and back to Dingle. We stopped at the beehive huts and a little beach along the way. We had lunch in Ballyferriter, where a toasted sandwich was most welcome! We also visited the hostel where I spent my Gaeltacht weekends in school.

Slea head


View from "The Plough" b&b

Racing in Dingle

The following morning, spa treatments at The Dingle Skellig hotel were well-deserved.

Still yearning for more, we drove up Connor Pass. The views were amazing!

Mt Brandon

Recommended restaurants that we visited: The Old Smokehouse, An Canteen, and (of course) Murphy’s ice-cream!

Finally, a quick drink at Tom Crean’s South Pole Inn in Annascaul helped us on our way home 🙂

PS: Also worth a mention is the beautiful Inch beach. We stopped there for a bite to eat on our way to Dingle. It is about 30 mins from Dingle town.


Tea, Roses and Kardashians

I’m confined to the couch with a throat infection. I’m feeling sorry for myself. I’m stuck between total relaxation to allow my body to recover, and the urge to clean the growing mess that is my apartment.

There are three things keeping me sane over the last few days. Cups of tea help to soothe my throat. Chocolate roses always go down a treat. (I tell myself I need to finish the tin before my new super-healthy lifestyle begins in January.)

Yesterday I spent my time alternating between online shopping, daytime tv, and snoozing. Who would have thought that Kendall Jenner’s “low key” sweet sixteenth would involve a rooftop party, fire- eaters, an appearance by rapper Tyga, complete with a full security team?! I guess that is low key when you compare it to the Barbados trip alternative.

Today, I’m feeling slightly better. Not enough to tackle the messy apartment. I will remain on the couch, a carefully chosen location, within arm’s reach of a cuppa tea, roses, magazines, and the tv remote. After all, my recovery in time for Chrimbo celebrations is a top priority!

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