Wednesday, September 9, 2009
On Tuesday we took a drive to Killarney. Weather was again uncooperative. Overcast and light rain off and on. On the way to Ladies View we passed this structure. Sheep were wandering in and out. Click to enlarge.
This is the view from Ladies View. Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting proclaimed this the most beautiful view in Ireland during a visit in 1861.
There is a surprisingly small amount of leprechaun crap in Ireland - at least so far.
You have to pay attention on the roads. You never know what you will run into.
This is a bridge along the road to Ladies View.
Here is a picture of Margot and me at Torc Falls.
Another view of the falls.
The woods are moist with lots of moss. If there was ever leprechaun territory in Ireland this is it.
This is Muckross House in what is now Killarney National Park. It was built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the watercolourist Mary Balfour Herbert. It is the fourth house at the site that was occupied by the family for over 200 years. The Herberts undertook a four year long upgrade of the house and gardens in anticipation of Queen Victoria's visit in 1861. She stayed for 2 days.
I sneaked a few pictures inside the house. Absolutely beautiful furnishings of which approximately 70% are original to the house. The lower level is used by the 30 or so servants that kept the house running smoothly.
This is the kitchen.
Later in the day we went to downtown Killarney. Very touristy but interesting. Any idea what the green thing is? Answer below.
Street scene in Killarney. The green unit is a mail box - not a trash can.