Ireland: Coloured Houses And Clouds In Bantry

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Irish Landscapes: On The Road Through The West

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Bantry House: The Fading Beauty Of Another Era

When you ask me what I liked most on our short trip to Ireland, I would have Derrynane Beach, Sheep’s Head and Bantry House in mind. And I just talk about sights ūüėČ

Bantry House is one big miracle box. Once opened, you’ll find something extraordinary in every corner, in every room and behind every curtain. I especially loved ‚Äď compared to other manor houses I saw in England, Scotland and Ireland ‚Äď that there is still life in it, it seams as if the residents just left for a short journey.

It’s not perfectly renovated, from the outside it even seams to be ruined. The wall papers show waves, there are family photos from the seventies, in the garden you’ll find broken statues lying around. In the stables you’ll see an old storage rack with the handwritten inscriptions of the old administrator.

And the gardens! The gulf stream climate (and the gardeners) makes them flourish as if the Carribeans would be just around the corner.

A perfect arrangement of life. Come on a visit with me and let yourself immerse in its beauty.

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The Exterior and the stables of Bantry House

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The interior of Bantry House

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The Gardens

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All I want to say with all this pictures: Don’t miss Bantry House.

Home away from home: The Stepping Stone Bed & Breakfast

Those Irish people. Never in my traveler life I have met such friendly and eloquent people like here. Out of the blue you’ll start an intellectual conversation on the street while looking at some zucchini on a market stand. And all that without being intrusive or without the intention of selling something.¬†There are many, many countries in the world who could take a leaf out of Irelands book on that issue.

We went to the Stepping Stone Bed & Breakfast because my cousin, who was already there for several times, recommended it to us. It is beautifully situated in Bridia Valley between the mountains of Kerry and you’ll get there by car or while hiking along the well indicated Kerry Way.

Sandy and John are the warmest hosts ever and they will make your stay a pure blast.

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Ireland: Land Of The Sheep, Home Of The Shave

On our next station we stood at the Stepping Stone Bed and Breakfast near Glencar in Bridia Valley. What a landscape!

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Ireland: Beautiful Gap Of Dunloe

The Gap of Dunloe is a wonderful landscape¬†in the middle of the Ring of Kerry. You can drive to a nearby village and from there on you walk or go by Jaunting Cart (60‚ā¨/2P).

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Ireland: Muckross House And Gardens And Torc Waterfall

On our second day we made a visit to fabulous Muckross House and had a long walk through the woods and to Torc Waterfalls. I don’t like guided tours but you can’t look at the house without it. The guided tour through the house we had, was very informative and our guide ‚Äď Patsy ‚Äď told the stories with interesting anecdotes and without any longeurs.

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Ireland: Killarney

My Mom and I went on a holiday to Kerry in Ireland. We arrived late in the evening and had a first impression of Killarney when looking for a pub to listen to some music. Killarney is a very touristic village in the fabulous landscape of the famous Ring of Kerry, it’s very near to […]

Berlin Day Hike: A Magical Landscape Shaped By Beavers

When we hiked around Buckow last week, we met a couple that told us about a huge dam build by beavers on the other side of the town. I was quite curious to see it and so I followed his description “at the end of the village direction Strausberg along Sophienflie√ü. In fact, it was not one dam but at least ten of them embedded in a magical, shire-like and blooming landscape where the sunlight falling through the trees is caught in the creek and the birds are singing as if there was a competition to win.

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Along Sophienfließ

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The Ruins of Wurzelfichte, killed by storm Kyrill in 2007

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Along Drachenkehle and Poetensteig

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Location: Northern¬†border of¬†Buckow ‚Äď go right and follow Sophienflie√ü heading north until “Wurzelfichte” ‚Äď through Drachenkehle until Krugberg Tower ‚Äď back to Buckow over Poetensteig ‚Äď along Sopphienflie√ü on the other shore¬†/ Distance: 6,5 km / public transport: over Strausberg and M√ľncheberg, from M√ľncheberg to Buckow by bus, at least 1:40h / from city center: 60 km / East / Weather: 18 ¬įC, sunny / Camera: Nikon D500, 70-300 mm¬†lens

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