This 2-day trip was the highlight of my stay in Ireland. I liked the Blarney Castle but because of a bad leg was not able to climb to the top to kiss the stone. Instead I walked over to the Woolen Mill and went shopping and ate lunch. Fair prices for good quality items. The B and B was the Fairview Guesthouse. A very lovely place to stay with breakfast and internet. There were many shops, restaurants, and pubs close by. There is also a nice woolen shop at the end of the street near the Pharmacy which I discovered when I had to get cold medicine. The second day was the Ring of Kerry trip and it was one full day of beautiful scenery. I enjoyed looking at the very green country fields plus seeing the mountains and bays together. This tour is a must do.
Guinness Storehouse was a pleasant surprise. Very modern. I was so glad that I had bought my ticket online because there was a long line of people outside when I got there and when I walked in the door there was another long line of people. I arrived at about 1:30 PM so I went straight to the 5th floor and ate lunch at one of the restaurants. There are several to choose from. The ground floor has a large gift shop where you can buy many items including pints of Guinness. I got three pints that the sales' girl wrapped in bubble wrap and it made it to Egypt in my check in luggage in perfect shape. Which means when I travel in December it will make it to the US. The green Dublin, Ireland, T-shirts will be a hit with the US family members come St. Paddy's Day when they get to wear the real thing. Not to mention the boxes of chocolate and cute candles for friends. The other floors were the museum part that explained the history and the making of the beer. My favorite site in Dublin. Get your ticket on-line before you go so that you can skip all the long lines and walk right in.
I always try to see something from the arts when I travel to any country. It could be a concert, ballet, or play. While I was in Delhi I went to Kingdom of dreams and saw the "Zangoora" Bollywood Show. It is a 2 1/2 hour show but it has a 20 minute intermission. The costumes and set design is good enough to win the Academy Awards. There is so much to look at on the stage because there is so much going on. There are movie theatre screens on both sides of the stage that also has something playing that goes along with what is happening on the stage. There are people and objects that kind of fly down from the ceiling to the stage from the back of the auditorium.I really enjoyed the show. I also liked the area where there are shops, restaurants, and food courts. The ceiling is very high and made to look like a sky and it does. I found that ceiling interesting. However, with as much money as we paid I felt that our lunch could have been at one of the restaurants instead of the food court and this is their need for improvement. That is why I did not rate this tour a five. Driver and guide was very nice.
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