Thursday, October 20, 2016

Gates of Italy v. 01

A new feature here on the blog just randomly found itself. There are many pretty gates and doors here in Naples, Italy. If I am being honestly mostly gates because thievery is high here in Italy so people have a double layer of protection between their house and the road. Anyways, here are the first nine gates of this feature. These ones were actually all taken around my neighborhood. I love taking Knox on walks and still do. We are getting used to the narrow street with no sidewalks and sometimes I get side eye glances as the only blonde within 500 meters but thats okay we enjoy ourselves tremendously. 

I love the bright teal gate and the gray arched gate with the pink and orange building. I took a couple of these gate photos back in September like the one of the giant red gate and I have been walking around the last couple days and for the life of me, I can't remember where that red gate is. I know it's somewhere close to my place but I can't seem to find it. One of these days it will sneak up on me I bet. I also love love love the mustard color tiles around the old wood arched gate. We pass it everyday on our way to and from base and I love it. They sure do know how to do a color gate and building here in Italy or at least Naples! I already have a new stash of gate photos. Getting the best ones ready for next time. 
love, Carlee 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny, Wicklow

Love this photo. It was the last photo that I took on my big camera and I just love Clark's beard. 

Last photos from our Ireland trip! We saw Rock of Cashel and it is truly amazing. We went on the free tour that was provided and it was so information. Myth has it that if you wrap your arms all the way around the stone and can touch your figures on the other side, you will never have a tooth ache again. Clark can do it, (see the photo above.) Another myth is that if you can jump all the way around on one foot then you will get married within a year. 

We also stopped by Jerpoint Abbey and we had the whole place to ourselves for a while which was awesome. Ireland is so full of history and charm. And the last two photos are from Wicklow National Park. We made a quick stop there before heading back to Dublin. Ever seen the movie P.S. I Love You. Well they met in Wicklow National Park. 

Okay, that's it for now. We loved Ireland. So many nice people and pretty murals. Great food and good drink. Dancing, laughing, tours, museums. Many many sheep, but also pigs, horses, geese, goats! I am basically an animal whisper now. Jk they mostly hated me. 
love, Carlee

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Dingle, Ireland

I really really loved our experience in the Dingel Peninsula. We knew we wanted to do some of South Ireland but we didn't have enough time to do the Ring of Kerry so we were like let's do a different place and one of the guide books I read it was I don't miss the Dingel Peninsula. We read about Connors pass and fungie the dolphin and the really good homemade ice cream and I even found the cutest Airbnb that is a sheep farm and the lady was so nice.  And I think that is why I really loved the little town of Dingle and the Dingel Peninsula is because it was so unexpectedly cute and charming and we had really good weather when we were there.
We knew we wanted to do Conor's Pass on the Dingle Peninsula. It is the tallest mountain pass in Ireland and so we thought it would be a strain on our little rental car but it wasn't so bad. But the views from the top were very pretty and we stopped at the waterfall and hiked up to the lake that was fed by a glacier. Worth it and gorgeous. For a little bit of the pass, it is just a one lane road so we careful with that.
Prehistoric Beehive Huts

Once we got to Dingle we stopped by the "Fungie the Dolphin" office because we knew we wanted to go on the tour. The next tour leaving was for 2:30pm so we made reservations and found some place to eat while waiting. We had the usual fish and chips and seafood chowder. It was yummy as always. I had to pop in all the cute souvenir shops to see if there was anything I needed (read: wanted.) Then it was time for our tour. The tour was amazing. We had a wonderful skipper and tour guide. He was so nice and informative. The boat we went on was also smaller which made it easier for us to see Fungie the Dolphin and it was better because less people. It was a great tour and if we didn't see him it was free. But of course we did and we were so happy. Fungie is nearly 50 years old and has been in the Dingle harbor since the 1980s which is super rare for a dolphin. For reference: we did the tour right by the main tourist office with the orange signs. This is the one we did.  
View on the way to our Airbnb. If only those damn power lines weren't in the way. 
The oldest church in Ireland!
At the sheep farm!

We stayed at the cutest little Airbnb in Camp on the Dingle Peninsula. It was a sheep farm and the owner, Brigid, was the sweetest. We got to feed and pet some of the sheep, it was really fun. It was tucked back in the hills and was super seclude and quiet which made for a wonderful nights rest. The owner also gave us homemade apple bread made from apples she grew on her farm. So yummy! 
love, Carlee
Pants: Macy's
Shoes: Belk
Sweatshirt: Ireland souvenir shop