Drive to Dingle Town
Woke up to some of the grayest skies I can imagine. At least it's not raining. Wait, scratch that, yes it is. No worries, this was planned as a driving day anyway and we can always hope it's clear in Dingle. After driving on the fast route we made it to Dingle town in about 2 and a half hours. I actually like driving on the left side of the road, maybe it's because I'm left handed and right brained...who knows. At this point I was looking for any positive I could seeing that the rain and low lying clouds blocked my view of pretty much everything else. We checked into the Dingle Skellig Hotel, which was definitely a positive. Right on the harbor with warm. cozy and DRY rooms!! Between rain squalls Romona and I snuck in some shooting around DIngle Town, which is WAY busier than I remember. Heavy traffic (auto & pedestrian) going through town makes it apparent that the tourists have caught on to this quaint little place, but it still has plenty of charm. We happened upon the J Conner Bar on Main Street and had a blast getting to know some of the tipsy mid-day locals. If they weren't screaming Johnny Cash at the top of their lungs, then they were softly crooning old irish songs acapella style. Either way was entertaining for us...then again, when you're having a Guiness in Ireland, entertainment is easy! Another useful discovery was the grocery store delis. The US $ isn't worth much as a Euro in Ireland and the food can get expensive, but the deli in the back of most grocery stores offer really good sandwiches for around 3 euros (about $5 US), which beats the typical 10 to 15 Euro lunch at all the restaurants. The Slea Head Drive around the DIngle Peninsula is scheduled for tomorrow, so hopefully the weather will make it possible to shoot. We'll see!