Sheep’s Head Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland

We stayed in Kilcrohane for our holiday, so driving to the Sheep’s Head was the first place to explore.

Where to go on the Sheep's Head Peninsula

Where to go on the Sheep’s Head Peninsula

This trail leads all the way to the lighthouse. It is not advisable for small children as there are bogs and free roaming cattle along the way.

Sheep's Head trail in West Cork

Sheep’s Head trail in West Cork

Beautiful views and very few hikers.

Sheep's Head view

And yes, we passed some sheep.

Sheep on Sheep's Head

On the Road in the USA – Boston, MA

Both our teenage kids wanted to visit Boston, which then became our last destination on the road trip. My husband and I had both, on seperate occasions, been to Boston before. So this visit was mainly for our teenagers.

Boston, MA

Boston, MA

After a late breakfast, we walked towards the Freedom Trail. Too bad, we could not get past all these vendors, department stores, etc. without stopping to buy something. By the time we got to the Freedom Trail, we carried three extra shopping bags. Fortunately, the weather was fairly pleasant. It was warm, mostly overcast, but yet very humid. We felt lucky, when a local told us that a great heatwave would hit Boston two days later. By then we’d be out of town anyway.

The only time I was happy to see the money go to the locals was when we bought hot dogs. My, my, my, they were good. So good, we bought seconds.

Boston hot dog vendor

The Freedom Trail is not only lined with historic monuments, but also with numerous shops selling souvenirs, shirts and sweatshirts, restaurants, ice cream stands ($ 4,95 a scoop seemed steep) and much more.

This pub, also the Oldest Tavern in America, is along the trail.

The oldest pub in the U.S.A.

We stopped at a square to watch these performers. They were rather good and funny.

street performers

street performers

In the end, after five hours or so, we were so tired from all that walking and schlepping in this humidity, we decided to take a cab back to our hotel Midtown.

I hailed a cab and asked the driver for an estimated fare. $20, he replied. That was good enough for us, I think by then we were willing to pay even more… Anyway, the cabbie told us it was his first day on the job, he had to call for help to navigate, and dropped us off at the hotel for a fare of nine dollars only!

After a little rest in the hotel room, we went out for dinner and our youngsters in the family could not pass The Cheese Factory without buying some cake. One got a Reese’s peanutbutter chocolate cake, the other a Chocolate Chip cheesecake, and I had the Strawberry Cheesecake. These three pieces cost us $ 25.

The Cheese Factory

We got them for take-out, so we sat down on the bench just outside. The cakes are very good, but so rich in taste. Neither one of us could get past eating only one third of it. We tried to finish it for breakfast the next morning, but were not successful.

The peanut butter cheesecake was the hardest to finish. That same evening in Bar Harbor, we dumped it. Imagine, three people fed on it five times, but none of us could finish it. After the second fork, I could only taste peanut butter and chocolate spread as if it came right out of the jar.

Thinking about the richness of these cakes still makes me shiver, but not for pleasure.

Well, different strokes for different folks.

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