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Ireland-1st Time-Romance Desired-Suggestions?

Old Dec 5th, 1996, 05:18 PM
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John Seed
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Ireland-1st Time-Romance Desired-Suggestions?

My wife and I took a small group to Ireland this
summer on an EF Educational Tour. We went August 1,
and had weather ranging from misty/light rain, to
sunny in the 60's . Seems like a good time of year
to go. We loved the Ring of Kerry for scenery,
and the cliffs of Moher. Dublin is lovely, and
perhaps you would like Galway.

The B and B's are really a good value all over
the country. We saw lots of nice ones from $25 up.

Ireland was much more affordable than other European
countries (we go to Paris and find it $$$). The Irish
food was suprisingly good.

We found the town of Kilarney a bit touristy, but
the Lake hotel a few miles out of town is really
nice, and you can take a horsedrawn ride out to
Muckross House (an amazing Victorian mansion.

The Irish love to chat and take their time with you.
We didn't go to many pubs so I can't help too much
with pubs and music.

Hope this helps, John Seed


 
Old Dec 12th, 1996, 08:20 AM
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Susanne Billeter
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I think that you will definitely enjoy the
Emerald Isle. Ireland is a bit of a dreamy
country and a beautiful place to visit, but
I was personally surprised to find that it
wasn't at all what I expected. The Ireland that I
expected to see from pictures and movies is more
myth than real, but I wasn't disappointed.
If you want a taste of the most romantic part of
Ireland, the closest you will come is Blarney Castle.
Make sure you kiss the Stone and bring a flashlight
so that you can crawl through all of the unlit
nooks and crannies.
If you are driving in Ireland, leave plenty of time
to get lost (this is part of the experience.) Get
A very detailed map, but be ready to encounter
confusing and usually non-existent road signs.
Our best memories are of the Dingle Peninsula.
And if you want the full Gaelic experience, make
sure you stop in the town of Ballyferriter. There
is a pub there that makes the best vegetable stew
you'll ever eat! I don't have the name of it with
me, but if you care to e-mail me, I will tell you the
name plus some neat B & B's to try and some other
good places to eat. The true romance of Ireland was
its delightful people and B & B's are a great way to
get to know them. Have a great trip!!--Susanne
P.S. If you like Ireland, You'll LOVE Scotland.

 
Old Dec 16th, 1996, 06:37 PM
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Gene Kasprzyk
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I took the same E F Tour you must have taken, only in June. It was the most disappointing of 7 E F Tours i have led. Sounds like they got it right by August. Wondering where you stayed in Dublin? Please e-mail if you can. And who was your TD? Thanks
 
Old Jan 1st, 1997, 06:20 PM
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denny Crosby
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With respect to all of those who chose tours etc. I and a partner made a concience choice to avoid the tourist crowds and went to Ireland. I wasn't looking for Irish romance from a sex point of view but I wanted to see the real Ireland the way the Irish people live it. I was not disappointed in fact it lived up to everything I expected and tons more. The pubs, the majestic scenery and the wonderful people will have me going back time and time again. I would avoid the tourist traps like a plague anytime from June through Aug. May is a great time from talking to the locals, the weather isn't bad and the flowers will indeed be blooming, the whole country will be blooming. I would strongly suggest that you focus on a section of the country and not try to take in too much. You will go back. The south (Kinsale and all the towns along the coast is great) Sitting on top of Healy's pass on the Beara Peninsula and looking at the country side will live in your memory for a long time. The beaches on the Dingle Pen are unforgetable. Spend some time in Galway City and Innes. We had reseverations in Dublin but cancelled them because we didn't want to leave where we were. Be flexable and don't make reseverations. B&B's everywhere. Sorry for going on and on. I have tons of info I'd love to share. e-mail me and we'll talk. Denny Crosby
 
Old Feb 11th, 1997, 07:26 PM
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John
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Susanne,
Please take just a minute to EMail me the name of the pub in Ballyferriter where the veg stew is so good. I think the woman who made it is a freind of mine (Her name is Joanna) and I'd love to tell her about your "cyber-recommendation" when I see her again this coming April.
Thanks in advance,
John
 
Old Apr 13th, 1997, 07:45 PM
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Jim Blaul
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I would also suggest visiting Bonratty Castle and
Dirty Nellies near the Shannon Airport. Also, I
would recommend visiting the Waterford factory.
 

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