Winter Wonderland

Winter is here. It’s cold, but lovely and sunny. Some places have had the first snow already. Luckily here in Cork we don’t get a whole lot of snow because I really can’t handle driving in it!

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It was winter when we visited New Zealand, so there was plenty of snow around. We had lessons in putting on snow chains, but we didn’t have to use them-I was too chicken to drive in the mountains! I did like looking at them and taking photos though!

Te Anau, sunset.

Lanzarote National Park

Driving on the “wrong” side of the road for the first time, for me, was difficult. For some reason I returned to my learner driver days. The car cut out and I couldn’t change the gears without doing some serious damage to the gear box!

Luckily we were in Lanzarote which is prepared for tourists to be driving. It has low speed limits and very clear signs. Also the island is quite small, so very easy to get around.

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Once you enter Timanfaya National Park, this is what you face. There is just one windy road through the volcanic landscape. There are camel rides, if that’s what you’re into, and a restaurant that cooks meat over volcanic steam! Some of the beaches have black sand and there are emerald green lakes. This was my first volcano experience, so we stopped to look at everything!

I’m very glad we had out first left-hand driving experience here because since then we have rented cars in many places and had lots of adventures.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Ring of Kerry

I’ve always liked Killarney, but in recent years we’ve been going to Kenmare and coming into Killarney from that side instead of from Cork, and I have to say I LOVE this road!

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For me it has everything, lakes, hills, colour, nature and sometimes even a deer or two running around! When this photo was taken the crew from Top Gear were driving along the Ring of Kerry. We saw the lovely car, but not Matt le Blanc, unfortunately 🙂