17 Mar 2014

Ireland by Cyrahc

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After enjoying the festivities of Dublin for Saint Patrick's Day we were ready to get out. Living in New York I have been to plenty of parades so I didn't have a huge interest.

Renting a car was the biggest hassle and road bump (get it) of the entire trip. So glad we had a car and the freedom, but it was much more difficult than we anticipated.

But, we've got our wheels and we are on the road!

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Driving in Ireland has to be the scariest thing I have ever encountered.

The roads are small and winding. Even with our little Toyota Yaris I felt like I was going to hit the cars coming toward me.

Wesley is getting use to driving on the left side thankfully so all is well.

More lessons about Ireland: every few feet there is a roundabout. (So maybe I exaggerate a little)

Enjoying the views and getting really excited to see more parts of Ireland

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After wandering for a bit (one of my favorite things to do when I get to a new city) we walked down to Kilkenny castle. It was only 2.50 euros with a student ID which I realized right before we paid (Wesley said this was the best clutch move after the Guiness tickets).

The views from the castle were fantastic. There was more live music being played outside on the lawn which we stopped and listened to on our way out.

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In Kinsale we decided to stay at the Carlton Hotel.

Getting there was quite interesting. The hotel is nestled far back into the woods kind of off the bath, but it was really cute. It is low season so there aren't too many people making it a quiet place to spend the night.

I'd definitely stay at the Carlton again. Friendly staff, good rates, restaurant and bar, gorgeous views, and of course a pool.

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The actual town of Kinsale reminds me of a California beach town with colorful stacked houses up a hill. The whole town sits on a harbor.

We spent some more time wandering. Since it's Saint Patrick's Day there were plenty of pubs open with people spewing out of them, but we were not feeling up for that.

Luckily we came across a cute tapas bar called Apertiv. The waitress was on point. The place had a really laid back vibe and you could tell everyone knew each other.

We ordered two tasting plates and were able to just relax after a long day on the road.

Our waitress was even nice enough to recommend a few places for us to get things for a picnic to have on the road tomorrow.