We spent the weekend in Zhangjiajie, Hunan. The area is not really known among foreign tourists, but there are some very scenic and spectacular spots here, like Zhangjiajie Forest Park and Tianmen Mountain.
The last two days I explored Shanghai even more. After visiting Longhua Temple the day before, I went to the Jade Buddha Temple yesterday. Beeing built in 1918, it is one of the newest temples of the city. The site is a lot smaller than Longhua, but not less interesting.
I tried to escape the hurly-burly of the city today and decided to visit Longhua Temple instead. It is the largest Buddhist Temple in Shanghai and is located outside the city center. At least during the week the area is not really crowded.
Monday noon, Nanjin Donglu, Shanghai center. Sitting in a little Café, enyoing the airco and trying to sort out the impressions of the first few days here in China.
Meanwhile I’m back in Dublin. Leaving Dingle, I took the road north towards Tabert, crossed the Shannon and headed to Liscannor.
The last few days I spent on Dingle Penisula (Corca Dhuibhne). The main city Dingle (An Daingean) is a small town with a run-down but still busy fishing port, maybe the most important port in western Ireland. There are a few cosy pubs in the town, offering very good food.
Yesterday I did the final leg of the ring and arrived in Killarney and made a trip into the inner areas of the penisula today. Leaving Killarney, I first headed to Gap of Dunloe, a gorgeous narrow valley within Killarney National Park.
From Baltimore I headed west. After a detour to Mizen Head lighthouse, I took the Ring of Beara. The past three days I spent on Kerry Penisula.
Meanwhile the first week of vacation is over. Yesterday, I arrived at Baltimore, Co. Cork. The small village located in the south west is famous for its medieval lighthouse, called “Lots wife”. Today I left the car and made a daytrip to Cape Clear Island. From Baltimore, you can reach the island by ferry in about one hour.
I’m sitting in a nice little pub in the centre of Dublin. For now, this is my last evening in this lively city. Tomorrow I’ll be heading south into Wicklow Mointains. Hurricane Katia has calmed down and went on without any bigger losses. Although it touched Ireland only a little, we had a gale up to 10 Bf even in the city, making walking, or sometimes even standing and taking pictures, a bit challenging.
Today I finally found the time to stich some of the panoramas I made during the trip to Barcelona. Travelling light, I didn’t took my VR-head, but even some multi-row panoramas came out quite well. The photo of the columns is made of four photos, each taken at 50mm.
Company outing to Barcelona. Three days exploring one of Europe’s most interesting cities.