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I found the pictures from the end of our 1st day… hehe, I guess my camera didn’t eat them after all. ANYWAY, this was my tuna melt that I had for dinner…

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And some more pictures of Adare, AKA the cutest town in the entire world.

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And then we went grocery shopping, where I discovered the wonderfulness that is Centra!

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You better believe I went a little CRAZY…

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The wall of BREAD

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Look Freya!!!

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Day 2

Since we were staying in a villa and had a marvelous kitchen, we decided to make our own breakfasts (hence the grocery shopping). I picked up this AMAZING yogurt…

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It didn’t specify but I do believe it was low fat, not fat or full fat. But it was SUPER rich and creamy

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To that I added 1 banana.

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And some Buttermilk Irish Soda Bread with real Irish butter and strawberry preserves.

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The first of many… the first of many.

The blog also came out at this point. Aunt Ruth Ann saw me taking pictures of my breakfast and of course asked what in the world I was doing… so after this, anytime we ate, they always asked me if I wanted to take pictures of their food too 🙂

We decided to stay somewhat near Adare, considering our difficulties driving the car at this point, so we headed to a local place called Bunratty, which has a huge store called Blarney Woolen Mills and the Bunratty Castle. However, that did not stop us from car troubles. We pulled out in front of a TOUR BUS. I like to refer to this as the time we almost died #1… and my 54th anxiety attack because I’m sitting in the middle seat in the back of the car, giving me a GREAT view of everything that happens.

First up was shopping at the Woolen Mills.. this turned into shopping trip #1. Yes, we returned to this store 2 more times. But that’s another story..

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Funny shirt!

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In any case, the shopping worked up an appetite.

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I was starving at this point and shopped out.. so I amused myself with self-portraits while waiting on the shopping addicts my family to get done shopping, so that we could eat.

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This is my great aunt and I, waiting. Still waiting.

Then came one of the best meals of the trip. Of course by this point I was so hungry I was about to start snacking on my arm, but it was good food. Simple, but delicious.

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That would be cabbage, mashed potatoes, roasted (boiled?) potatoes, and veggies. I INHALED the veggies. And the cabbage. And the potatoes. It was INCREDIBLE. I don’t know what they did to that food (probably lots of butter) but holy wow. Amazing.

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Along with the required bread and butter. You just haven’t lived until you’ve had it…

Most everyone else I was with had this quiche, which they RAVED over. I had a bite and it was pretty delicious.

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Next up, Bunratty Castle!!

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Get ready for LOTS of pictures…

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The castle was actually on this estate? Town? Village? I’m not sure… But there were lots of little cottages (you’ll see in a bit) and other things besides the castle. But first up, the castle itself.

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There were LOTS of small, tiny, steep stairs.

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We finally made it to the top of the castle, which had AMAZINGLY breathtaking views..

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And then we explored the rest of the town…

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We finally were kicked out at 5.. I kid, I kid.. we weren’t kicked out but they closed and then we headed over the Durty Nelly’s beside the castle, which is the oldest put in Ireland, apparently.

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After that, we headed out to buy me a hair straightener. The one I brought from home kind of… er, died. Because I have good luck like that. So we ended up here..

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We then ate dinner in downtown Limerick.

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This was an Italian restaurant that we found.

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They were featuring a deal where you could get 2 or 3 courses for a set price, and it sounded good. This was one of the few times we ate in a restaurant instead of a pub.

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First up, calamari!

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I ordered pizza for my main course, Pizza Margherita to be exact.

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It was paper thin! SO GOOD!

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Then dessert…

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My mom and I had the profiteroles… which were AMAZING. Holy yum…

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And then my cousin and Aunt Ruth Ann shared the Pavlova, which was equalily delicious.

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After that, we called it a night and headed back to the villa… Where I enjoyed several glasses of this..

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mixed with this…

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I hope you enjoyed Day 2! It only gets better (and crazier) from here… be forewarned.