July 30, 2013

Dingle and a dolphin


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After a couple of days in Dublin, we took the train across the country (a whole 4 hours) to the ring of Kerry on the west coast. I know that Dublin is that capital, but I think that to really appreciate Ireland, you need to explore outside of the city. I stayed at my friend’s place in the small village of Camp (more on that later), and took day trips to Dingle and Killarney. By this time, the “heatwave” was over and it was back to typical moody Irish weather (which I was actually thrilled about because I wanted to get some “moody” photos).

Dingle is a cute little harbour town with colourful houses and lots of local artisans. I found the perfect celtic knot pair of earrings and pendant in one of the many jewellery shops. There’s not much to do in the town other than enjoy the scenery and visit Fungie. He’s a 30 year old dolphin that likes to play with the boats that head out into the bay. I actually didn’t know that dolphins swam so far north, so this was a really fun surprise.

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

 

The boat ride had a guarantee of seeing Fungie or your money back, but I have a feeling that they never had to refund anyone. That dolphin is super sociable and loves racing with the boats. Maybe you skeptics out there are wondering if there are just many dolphins that they call Fungie, but no, we were only followed by one.

 

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland Fungie

Dingle Ireland Fungie

I think the Fungie attraction drives half the tourism in this town, so there are lots of dolphin-themed hommages everywhere:

Dingle Ireland

And here is the rest of the little town. What’s that, you ask? Sunshine? Yes, we had a good 2 minutes of sunshine while we walked from one store to another. It disappeared without a trace by the time we got out.

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Dingle Ireland

Next town: Killarney, also in the ring of Kerry.



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6 Comments

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  2. grenobloise

    July 30, 2013 at 4:47 pm — Reply

    Loving your moody photos and the dolphin bit is a hoot! Now I want to visit Fungie!

    • admin

      July 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm — Reply

      Thanks! Fungie was so much fun. Una actually screamed (with delight) whenever he jumped out of the water :)

  3. Una Geary

    July 31, 2013 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    Indeed I did! It was very exciting for the children ;)

    • admin

      July 31, 2013 at 9:13 pm — Reply

      Hehe….yes….only for the children

  4. Susanne

    August 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm — Reply

    Dingle is one place in Ireland that I’ve never been to, that I really would like to see some day. They say there is so much music there, and it looks very pretty! You are so right when you say that to discover Ireland you must go out of the city. When I go there, Dublin is only an airport. I get out of Dublin as soon as I can, we always hire a car to go down to our old home town, Clonakilty, and drive around there.

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