Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Kinsale & Bantry, Ireland: A Travel Recommendation

Kinsale, Ireland: a must-stop. Not because there are a million things to see and do, but because the town is adorable, the people friendly, and food awesome, and the B&Bs affordable.

We arrived in Kinsale and walked around for a bit, through the narrow colorful streets. The weather was actually nice, which was a pleasant surprise and change! We checked out all the gourmet restaurants and decided on Max's. The menu looked fabulous. Seafood seafood seafood! We headed there early because we were hungry and turns out, it was a good decision! We got the very last table!

After dinner, we headed to a typical Irish Pub because the Barcelona v. Manchester United futbol game was on. We ran into other Americans and had a blast! Overall, GREAT trip in Kinsale, just great!

To Stay: Chart House... as long as you feel comfortable staying in someone's actual home. The location was great, typical Irish breakfast, and the owner/cooker/maid/she does everything is super friendly and helpful. However, it was our FIRST REAL B&B stay. I mean, this was someone's home and we stayed in a room in her home, with her and her husband.. and some other people renting a room... which is interesting, but you have to at least try it! And this is the place to do it.

The dining room - everything was VERY formal

A had a full Irish breakfast every morning, not just at this B&B, but for all 10 days!

To Eat: Kinsale is known for their awesome food. Gourmet. Just delicious. We ate an enormous seafood meal at a place called Max's. We both gave it a 10! Another gourmet restaurant the Chart House owner recommended was called Fishy Fishy. But Max's was just awesome.

As for Bantry, not worth the stop. I have no pictures to PROVE that's it's not worth it, seeing as my memory card ate them, but take my word for it. We stayed at the Maritime Hotel which was SUPER impressive online.. and online only. Yes, our room was VERYnice. But online, the view was spectacular, right on the water, viewing the sunsets, etc. Not so much. So skip Bantry.

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