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Santorini, Greece = Romance

Santorini, Greece = Romance

For most of us we started our day on the “Jewel of the Seas” with “Tuesday Brunch” in the Tides Dining Room.  The chefs put out quite the spread.  When we walked in the dining room the wait staff surprised us with a glass of champagne.  There was a number of shrimp choices so I was very happy – garlic, chilled, even shrimp with scrambled eggs.  With so many entree choices  it was impossible to sample a portion of what they prepared –  there were also many desserts and a chocolate fountain…. Everything was delicious – we were all so impressed!

At 12:30pm my passengers gathered in the Baltic Conference Room where 2 wonderful reps from the cruise staff met us.  They made things so easy for us.  We were escorted through the crews quarters (always interesting to see) and directly on a tender boat to the shore of the island of Santorini.  This was a huge bonus for my passengers.  There was a long line of passengers waiting to pick up tender tickets first thing in the morning but we didn’t need to be concerned about that.  The biggest complaint I heard from “other” passengers was they had a LONG wait to get off the ship – not us – we were the first ones off – for sure this was a major “Travel With Bradley” perk.

There were a number of cruise ships in port today – Costa, MSC, Celebrity Constellation plus our ship so we were lucky that we only had a 15 minute wait before getting on the cable car (6 Euro each way – terrific money maker)  that took us to a famous Santorini village situated on the side of the cliff.   There are 2 other options to reach the top – 597 stairs or a donkey – the ships staff discouraged both but I still saw many people doing both.   Once we arrived in the beautiful, unique white washed building town my passengers scattered.  Some found a taverna and admired the scenery while others including me “shopped”!  The majority of the store owners told me that although cruise traffic is on the increase, overall the cruise passengers aren’t spending so they aren’t having a great year but a few of the shop owners were happy to see me and some of my passengers!

Since the town is built on a cliff, if you are staying in one of the many hotels you’ll need to be careful which one you choose or you could be transiting up and down a number of steep steps.  For those of us visiting for the day the shopping and restaurant district has next to no stairs – its simple to navigate.  A cruise is the perfect and most economical way to visit Santorini.  

The view from the island of Santorini looking over the sea is indescribable – just spectacular – very romantic!  I’ve visited Santorini a number of times and the view continues to amaze me every time.

Tonight, I decided to try one of the Speciality Restaurants on board called Izumi.  It specializes in Japanese Food.  I was the first customer of the evening so I was showered with great service.  The food they prepare is delicious.   I enjoyed grilling seafood on a 575F hot plate.  This restaurant menu is al la carte.  Its a nice alternative to other restaurants on board but I feel the cost is just too expensive for me to recommend to my passengers.

Hope you enjoy my Santorini pictures!

The World Passes By – It’s A Sea Day

My passengers enjoyed a very relaxing day at sea.  I was awake good and early – enjoyed the views from my stateroom balcony and then met a number of my passengers in the Tides dining room for a delicious breakfast.

We were all taking pictures during the very scenic transit of the Messina Strait (Sicily).  A pilot was brought on board to guide the “Jewel of the Seas” as this narrow passage is loaded with Ferry Boats.  I was wishing we could have docked in Sicily so we could have  ordered some Italian pizzas to go!  

The majority of my passengers gathered for lunch in the Ships Main Dining Room – Tides.  They sat us at a couple prime large tables with sea views.  I made a new friends when one of our waiters learned that I bring groups to Bali as its his home.  He has extended his work contract so he can perfecting time a very special Bali ceremony that takes place every 100 years.  Ceremonies are an important way of life in Bali.

I’m a fan of the massive salad bar that Royal Caribbean sets up in their main dining room during lunch.  You let the  chef know the items you wish in your salad and he puts them in a stainless bowl – he then chops all of your selected ingredients into smaller pieces and mixes in your dressing choice.  He then plates the salad in a bowl.  They also offer a luncheon pasta bar and there were a large variety of cupcakes to pick from for dessert.  A large selection menu was also available.

The outdoor decks were packed with sun worshipers – it was a spectacular weather day – 84F.  

We gathered late in the day for my hosted group cocktail party in a panoramic lounge with a spectacular view of the open decks.  Everyone arrived dressed up – looked terrific. My passengers enjoy mingling with one another so this was certainly a social event.  Its Grace’s 85th Birthday so my cocktail party turned into her birthday party.

Tomorrow we arrive in Santorini.  There will be FIVE cruise ships visiting this small island so I expect it will be a very lively spot!

Farewell Rome – Hello “Jewel of the Seas”

My passengers reported that they slept really well last night.  

Our checked luggage was ready for pick-up at 7am and then we enjoyed breakfast on the hotels comfortable outdoor patio overlooking beautiful garden.  We were offered an European breakfast buffet (cheese, bread, cold meats, cereal, fruit) with a few North American selections (eggs/bacon).   I chuckled when I saw the many self-serve coffee machines we could use – they were lined up one after another – strong Italian coffee is the norm.  Our local guide explained that an American coffee chain could never survive in Italy so they don’t even attempt to open them.

At 830am we started our city tour of Rome.

Our guide told us that her home has air conditioning but she has to decide what is most important because she can only run one thing at a time or will trip the breakers.  So if she is going to iron or turn on the oven, the AC needs to be turned off.  She said this is typical for most Italian homeowners.  

I estimate that 90% of the vehicles on the road are sub-compact.  A “Smart” car is one of the most expensive small cars you can buy and is considered a “status symbol”.  

We enjoyed seeing the most impressive Rome tourist attractions.  

I treated everyone to the Italian delicacy – Gelato as a “morning” treat!

We arrived at the cruise pier in decent time.  The check-in procedure was well organized and quick.  The staff was friendly.  There were a number of ships in port – NCL Spirit and European line cruise ships represented by MSC and P&O.  

When we boarded the Royal Caribbean, “Jewel of the Seas” around 1pm our staterooms were ready so we were able to drop off our carry-on luggage (nice bonus).  We didn’t need to wait very long for our checked luggage to arrive at our balcony stateroom door.  I was impressed!

I spent a great deal of the afternoon in meetings with ship staff.  In turn I was able to arrange a few more perks for my passengers – I’m excited that we’ll skip the passenger lines as we won’t need tender tickets for Santorini.    I even surprised myself when I was able to arrange that!  In a couple of days we’ll arrive in Santorini early in the afternoon – almost everyone on the ship is going to want to get off as soon as possible.   My passengers don’t need to worry at all – we will be meeting in the conference room and we will be ushered to a tender boat – VIP treatment!

As another perk I’ve included the “Chef Table” experience for all of my passengers.  This is the most exclusive dining evening on-board the Jewel of the Seas (85pp + 18% service) for a 6-course gourmet experience.    The Chef’s Table is a very intimate affair so I needed to split my passengers into 3 smaller groups and they’ll dine over 3 evenings.

I arrived at the ships welcome luncheon buffet a few minutes before close but had  enjoy enough time to enjoy the salad bar with some “Jack Daniels” chicken.  The chef was slicing Prime Rib and for those who enjoy a bit of spice there was a massive pan of jambalaya – looked impressive.  There was certainly a big choice of quality items to choose from.  

Its summer holidays so there are a number of family’s on board.  The majority of the guests are from the UK – there are 255 Canadians amongst us so we are in good company.

Before the sail-away there was the mandatory life boat drill.  It was also very well organized.

The maitre-de in the Tides dining room did a great job organizing my passengers at tables of 6 and 4.  The waiters will therefore quickly learn everyone’s preferences.  Tonights main dining dinner menu offered an excellent choice of selections.  Most of my passengers ordered the prime rib as their main course.

The NCL Spirit is sailing next to us.  During the night her lights glistened off the water.  The seas are so calm so it feels like we aren’t moving….

Tomorrow we can look forward to a relaxing day at sea as we continue to sail towards Greece.

A Terrific Day In ROME

Yesterday I arrived at Toronto Pearson way ahead of when I was to meet my passengers but to my surprise many of them were already waiting for me!   The lead Air Canada staff member I dealt with was exceptional to work with.  The airport was crazy busy – reminded me of the Christmas holiday season.  Luckily my passengers were given priority over those who were waiting in ridiculous long lines to check in for their flights.  I was able to usher my passengers past those lines and right up to the counters.  In no time we were all checked in!  My passengers were very happy,

I then worried when we arrived at the Premium Lounge (a Travel With Bradley perk) as they were filled to capacity and there was a long line of people waiting to get in (I had never experienced that before).  Their staff knew to expect us so they had “reserved” seats arranged for us – we avoided another line!  My passengers all enjoy delicious entrees and a variety of beverages before boarding the flight to Rome.

There was a weight balance problem with the Air Canada 777 aircraft  so it was an hour late taking off.  The plane was filled to capacity.  Service was very good.  In flight food was mediocre at best.  We ran across sone turbulence during the dinner service so they had to wait until the skies calmed down before they could continue.  One of the flight attendants children were on the flight.  It was the first time they had flown so it was fun watching their interactions with their Dad who was so proud.

Most of my passengers enjoyed a decent rest during the flight.

By the time we cleared customs in Rome and retrieved our luggage we were way behind schedule.

The quaint luncheon restaurant management (just a 2 minute walk from the Vatican) luckily agreed to hold our reservation and serve us quickly.  Their staff did a wonderful job.  We enjoyed a delicious meal – nice appetizer plate, pasta in a scrumptious tomato sauce, fresh salad, flaky delicate dessert all washed down with included local wine.

Luckily the crowds at the Vatican Museum were smaller than I have ever seen so although we were forced to walk along with the masses of people it was possible to actually stop to take pictures.

The highlight for most of my passengers was spending time in the Sistine Chapel – just amazing,

Our overnight hotel is very grand.  The chandeliers in the ornate hotel rooms certainly add to the special atmosphere,

The beautiful setting for my “Welcome To Rome” dinner was perfect and the meal exceptional – peppered pasta, lemon chicken cutlets, perfectly cooked potatoes and melt in your mouth tiramisu,  The Italian wines were tasty too!

Sadly almost all of the local shops were closed by the time we finished our meal but the gelato stands are open and they are doing a brisk business this evening,  I just couldn’t resist a small pistachio – so good – so much better than what we find at home.

Its 1045pm so after this full day I’m off to bed!  I’m probably as zonked as my passengers.

We have enjoyed a terrific first day.  Tomorrow we will continue to tour around Rome before boarding a Royal Caribbean Cruise ship enroute to Greece.

Can’t wait!

 

 

 

Sunday ”Ontario Mennonite Country” Drive

Yesterdays rain didn’t stop Mom and I.  We were anxious to head out on our Sunday morning drive no matter what the weather was like.

We decided to travel to Wellesley and then continued to Arthur, Ontario.

Our 9:30am – 10:00am timing in the heart of Mennonite Country was perfect.  There were so many Old Order Mennonite buggies on the road, it was almost parade like.   We saw at least 50 of them!   Most of the covered buggies (probably they were using the covered ones because of the rain) were pulled by a 2 horse hitch.  The majority of these buggies were large with at least 3 rows of seating.

We also passed a couple very Conservative Mennonite churches where members are allowed to drive cars but they must be black so every vehicle in these church parking lots were black.

Early in the 20th century these Old Order/Conservative Mennonites began using automobiles instead of horses and buggies.  As you can imagine that caused a great deal of tension within the Old Order congregations.

It is estimated that there are approx 4000 Old Order Mennonite and 1000 Old Order Amish living in this area.  The first language among members is Pennsylvania German.

Unfortunately we were unable to purchase any of their farm products because it was Sunday so their businesses are closed.  In this beautiful,  rural area you can find Blacksmith Shops, Buggy Repair Shops, Home Baking/Bulk Food Stores, Shoe Repair and Furniture Shops.

You can easily spot an Old Order Mennonite home because often the roofs on these homes are painted green.  This time of year their pristine gardens are filled with colourful flowers.

The next time you start out on a Sunday drive consider visiting the Mennonite/Amish communities of Ontario.  Just make sure you time it as well as we did in order to see the Sunday “Parade of Horses and Buggies”!

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Tourism News From Nashville Tennessee

Those of you that follow me on Facebook know that I met with a group of my tourism friends from Nashville, TN earlier this week.  We had a wonderful visit.  

Since many of you have traveled to Nashville with me over the years I thought you’d be interested in learning some of the latest tourism news from Music City.  For the latest real gossipy Nashville news you’ll need to ask me personally!  

1. Grand Ole Opry

This radio show continues to attract massive crowds.  They are considering adding their current running Tuesday night performances year round.  Wednesday night summer performances have also been added.  So over the summer the Opry has performance 4 times a week!

Charley Pride is the country artist who will be performing at the upcoming Grand Ole Opry’s birthday celebrations.  

2. New Opry Retail Space

A new oversize gift shop is under construction at the Opry House.  It should be completed by the time my group visits in November.

3. Ole Red

This is a new downtown restaurant (3rd and Broadway) themed after Country Singer, Blake Sheldon’s “Ole Red” song.   Its owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties – not Blake Sheldon.  This massive restaurant holds 1200 people over 5 stories.  You can expect non-stop live entertainment here.  There are plans to open another location in Pigeon Forge, TN.    There is a phone on the top floor dedication to Blake Sheldon.  He calls in periodically so patrons can speak to him and ask him questions.  

4. Opryland Hotel 

Their newest construction project is a massive 3 level water park that is scheduled to open Dec 1.  It will require a separate admission cost and if I understand correctly you need to be a hotel guest to use it.  I doubt the water park will attract tour groups but should entice more family’s to stay at the Opryland Hotel.

Country Superstar, Trace Adkins will be the headliner at this Christmas Seasons Dinner Show at the Opryland Hotel.  My group will be seeing his Christmas production in November.  Can’t Wait!

5. Five Thousand More Hotel Rooms

Nashville has blossomed into one of the top tourist destination in the USA but that has created a major problem including a lack of hotel rooms to meet the demand.  There is currently a number of new hotels being built which will add 5000 more rooms.  The hope is the addition of these new hotel rooms will moderate hotel room prices throughout the city.  Currently Nashville  hotel rooms are going for a very pricey dollar!

6. Country Music Hall of Fame

Their newest state-of-the-art display highlights the careers of Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.  

7. The Music Of Nashville

This is a new show in town that celebrates Country Music.  Its location is at the Texas Troubadour Theatre, Music Valley, Nashville.  There have been many shows in this theatre over the years.  This new one is getting very good reviews.  

8. Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom

Ray Stevens theatre has finally opened to rave reviews.  His show promises to be excellent and I am hearing positive things about the pre-show meal.  You’ll remember and hear some of Ray’s hit songs including, “Everything Is Beautiful” and “The Streak” when visiting this theatre!

If You Love Music – You Need To Visit Nashville

Its certainly one of my very favourite destinations in the USA!

Bradley’s Latest “Do Try” Restaurant List

Our Walters Dinner Theatre is in full swing with shows daily other than Sunday.  I’ve been enjoying visiting with many of my blog readers at the shows.  A number of you have been asking me to post my latest NEW restaurant recommended list so here it is!  Unfortunately lately a number of the “new for me” restaurants I’ve tried have ended up being very disappointing experiences so those restaurants didn’t make this list.  As always let me know of any of your local restaurant favourites and possibly they’ll be added next time.  Many of you continue to dine at restaurants that I’ve recommended in the past.  I still highly recommend those restaurants but this NEW list might encourage you to try something different!  Enjoy!

 

Stratford, ON

The Common – 80 Wellington St

This is one of the newest restaurants in Stratford.  Chef Tim Otsuki has created an interesting menu.  The interior is nicely decorated but its the plain outdoor patio that attracts actors from the Stratford Festival.  I’ve really enjoyed the tasty “staff meal” special both times I’ve eaten here.  

Madelyn’s Diner – 377 Huron St

If you have a craving for delicious fish n chips and gooey butter tarts this is the place to head for.  

 

Wellesley, ON

Nith River Chop House – 1193 Queen’s Bush Road

The interior is nothing special but the food is made from scratch.  You can also purchase their yummy house salad dressing to bring home.  Its a scenic drive from our theatre to Wellesley so Mom and I often end up dining here.  You sometimes have to wait a while for your food to arrive but its worth the wait.  Mom typically orders their schnitzel or meatloaf.  

 

New Hamburg, ON

Chef Brenner’s The Garden Stand – 90 Wilmot Street, Unit B

This isn’t a restaurant – Chef Adam Brenner prepares scrumptious gourmet meals to go.  His dips are addicting – “dill pickle hummus”!  I always leave with an armful of food.  His preserves are excellent too.  Much like a “Travel With Bradley” Journey its always a “surprise” what he is going to have in stock.  Tonight its his monthly, “Fish n Chip” evening.  It’ll be the first time I’ve tried his fish n chips.  I pre-ordered for the family and will pick up after todays theatre matinee performance at 4:45pm.   In my freezer at home I have a couple of his salmon and chicken entrees.  They are handy to heat up when there isn’t enough time to prepare a meal.  Everything I purchase from Adam is always scrumptious!  

 

Mississauga, ON

REDS – Square One Shopping Mall

This is another restaurant where everything is made from scratch.  Breads and desserts are baked daily and their signature roasted chicken is marinated in-house for 24 hours.  Their mini butter tarts are a nice treat to bring home!  They have a couple other locations in the downtown core of Toronto too.

 

Toronto, ON

The Cheesecake Factory – Yorkdale Shopping Centre

You probably all ready know that the Cheesecake Factory is a Walters Family favourite.  My brother, Darren makes it a point to dine at every Cheesecake Factory he can find  when he travels throughout the USA.  This is the first Canadian location.  I suggest you arrive when they open at 11:30am or you’ll be waiting for a long while to get a table.  They feature over 50 signature cheesecakes and there are over 200 entree items in their massive menu.  

Cactus Club Cafe – 77 Adelaide St W

This casual chain from Canada’s west has been in business for almost 30 years.  I often take my Vancouver groups to Catcus Club Cafe for dinner.  This is the first Ontario location but they are soon opening another one at Sherway Gardens Shopping Mall.  I’m anxious for the Sherway Gardens location to open because its a much more convenient location for those of us that live west of the big city.

 

Paris, ON

Camp 31 BBQ – 22 Paris Rd

The Walters Family can often be found here on Monday nights after we finish cleaning up our theatre when the matinee show ends.  Mondays feature a chicken wings special.  We ask for them to be prepared extra crispy with thai dipping sauce on the side.    Try their corn bread.  Camp 31 BBQ’s basic interior fits their Real Southern BBQ theme.  

Paris Surf Pizza Place – 24 Mechanic St

Yes, its all about the pizza – unique toppings – fun, trendy atmosphere.  Great place to take your kids and grandkids.  

 

Cambridge and Waterloo, ON

Beertown

A tourism group visiting from Nashville, TN took me for dinner at the Waterloo location last night.  These restaurants are always packed so are often noisy but the food is consistently very good.

RSVP for Bradley’s Annual Travel Show

I’d like to personally invite you to the annual, “Travel With Bradley” Travel Show on Sunday, August 26, 2018.  You’ll be excited about the many NEW journeys I will be announcing that day.

Starting  tomorrow, Wednesday at 9am you can reserve your complimentary tickets.  Feel free to extend the invitation to friends and family.

There are 3 times to choose from

10am

12:30pm

3pm

These shows sell out every year so be sure to reserve early.

Look forward to seeing you on August 26th!

Bradley

 

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May the 4th (Force) Be With You from Ireland

One Hundred Thousand Welcomes from the Dingle Peninsula, Ireland

May the 4th (Force) Be With You

Yesterday while on the “Ring of Kerry” a professional photographer met us along the route and took a group photograph.  This morning I arranged to meet him and purchased them for my passengers – a nice morning surprise for them.

They also enjoyed an wonderful evening surprise.  I took my passengers to see a big Irish production show in Killarney called, “Irish Steps”.  There was a United Nations crowd with ticket holders from all over the World – was really quite something to learn where everyone was from.  They were I’d say around 1/2 full – 300 people.  The show was excellent.  The hall was nothing special but once the house lights were off and the impressive stage lights were on it was a much more professional setting.  The band and dancers were all top notch – some of the dancers are World Champions.  The show really well put together.  A slick operation that I highly recommend you attend if you are in Killarney.  My passengers raved about it and its a tour highlight for sure.

There was a Friday wedding at our hotel, “The Great Southern” and my passengers commented that is was like a Royal Wedding.  It was wonderful to see the fashion show of attire – much more festive than at home.  The hotel really catered to make the event extra special with a red carpet entrance and a top hat door man to welcome all the wedding and hotel guests.  

Our drive along the Dingle Penninsula was an exhilarating one.  Although not as famous as “The Ring Of Kerry” the views are just as dramatic if even more so.  It was my favourite of the 2 drives.  

Connor our guide teased that the Irish gave the Scotts the Bagpipes years ago as a joke  and told them they’d have to wear a skirt and a funny hat when playing them and they followed along but still haven’t caught on that it was a joke.  

It’s compulsory that Irish (Gaelic) is taught.  There is one dedicated Gaelic television station in Ireland.  This language has been spoken here for over 2000 years.  Some of the roads signs in the Gaelic area of Dingle Peninsula are just in Gaelic with no English.  

Stopped in the village of Inch so we could take pictures of the beach – you can drive on it just like “Daytona” in Florida.  Scenes from the movie, “Ryan’s Daughter” were filmed here.

This morning’s drive along the Dingle coast reminds me a bit of driving on Highway A1A in California – except there are no sheep along the steep banks in California and the roads are much wider on A1A.  

The town of Dingal has become very famous due to the movie, “Ryan’s Daughter” – Gaelic is mostly spoken here and students can come for a 3 week jaunt in the summer to improve their Irish language skills.  Tom Cruise and Nichole Kidman also filmed the “Far and Away” movie here and they enjoyed mingling with the locals in the pubs at night.  Country Singer, Dolly Parton was shown around Dingal.  

I really was impressed with Dingal.  Its a foodie place with so many top restaurants.  Its such and isolated town surrounded by beautiful views.  

There are many festivals in Dingle.  Since Star War movie scenes have been filmed in this region there is currently a “May the 4th (Force) Be With You” festival going on in honor of May 4th and Star Wars.

When traveling on the Dingle Peninsula the underwritten rule is you travel clockwise because at times its too narrow for 2 cars to pass one another.  They are trying to get this rule into law but would make it difficult for the locals.

Both lunch and dinner were exceptional today but every one of our meals on this tour have been exceptional – location and cuisine – very impressive.

There is a car rally going on in Killarney this weekend (its a long weekend) – so lots of excitement and a bit of engine noise.

Understand there was a major wind storm at home in Ontario, Canada – hope my readers in that region faired ok with no or very limited property damage.

The Ring Of Kerry – The Wild Atlantic Way

The Ring Of Kerry – The Wild Atlantic Way 

Since I am part of a family business it’s wonderful to see so many family run operations in Ireland.  Many more than at home in Canada.  Many business signs proudly say – Family Run Since (Year).

Today we travelled through the county of Kerry – the highlight being our drive around the famous, “Ring Of Kerry”.  The weather was typical – 4 Seasons in One Day!

The town of Killarney is the hotbed for accommodations in this area.  Our posh hotel is just one of many high caliber ones.  This is a very upscale destination.  Most people that are transiting “The Ring Of Kerry” will overnight in Killarney.  This driving route is extremely busy – the key is to get away early enough in the morning.

As we travelled we entered the Reeks District – For over 400 years the “Puck Fair” festival has been held in the town of Killorglin (pop 4000) – it runs from Aug 10-12 every year – making it the oldest festival in Europe.  A group of men capture a wild puck goat and it is paraded on gathering day – Aug 10 – the goat is crowned king of the town for the 3 days. 

We stopped at the Kerry Bog Village at Red Fox Inn.  This was primarily a rest stop as washrooms are few and far between on the Ring of Kerry.  My passengers couldn’t pass up their Irish Coffee.  I congratulate this family business for their creativity.  

There is an underwritten Rule that when coaches travel the, “Ring of Kerry” that they should be in a counterclockwise direction as there are areas where it is impossible for 2 coaches to pass in opposite directions.  

Kellys Sheep Dog Display was a big hit with my passengers even though the wind was blowing misty rain into our covered viewing area.  This is an excellent display of sheep herding.  The gentleman that runs this show rents the land – almost all of the tour operators traveling the Ring of Kerry take in one of 2 sheep dog shows.  

We were impressed when we passed the new Hogs Head Golf and Hotel Complex in Waterville – some Golf Courses can demand 1000 Euro for a round of golf!  Golf Tourism in Ireland is thriving.  Yesterday I chatted with a group of younger men at our hotel from the States and they are playing the top courses in Ireland.  

Rural Communities located on the “Ring of Kelly” use a text alert program – if there is danger neighbours contact one another via text as there is no close police service.

Sneem is the small town along the Ring of Kerry where we enjoyed a piping hot homemade lunch at D O’Shea’s – a very traditional Irish Pub.  This place is filled with character.  The owner was so friendly.  The fresh out of the oven apple/raspberry crisp with ice cream was the perfect dessert for a damp and misty day in Ireland.  Some of the local old-timers came in for their mid-day penicillin – a shot of whiskey followed by a chaser… a pint of Guinness.  

The road along the Ring continually got narrower as we our journey continued afternoon lunch.  We stopped in the Killarney National Park and toured an impressive historic mansion.  

Tonight’s dinner and Irish Show was held at The Jarvey’s.  We had a great time.  One of my passengers, “Harvey West” entertained the crowd with a Canadian Irish Rovers Song.  Great Job Harvey!