Happy Easter today everyone . We left Killarney this morning and drove 2 hours to our next destination and one I was very excited for. We are staying over night in a castle tonight!!! We are staying at Dromoland castle and it's just right out of a fairytale. We arrived just in time for the Easter egg hunt. The Easter bunny joined all the kids in the walled garden and it was honestly so adorable. The setting couldn't have been more perfect. It was filled will big balloons, tulips, decorative fairies, pillars and fountains and of course eggs..full sized Cadbury cream eggs. Bennett found so many, there is no way he can eat them all, we might just have to accidentally lose a few of them. Afterwards they had hot chocolate for everyone. They then had a little treasure hunt and the prize was afternoon tea for four people and we came in dead last sadly. The staff are all dressed in fancy clothes and very helpful. For example we ran into a bit of a disaster doing laundry. We tried to do laundry last night at our apartment because it had a washer/dryer...it was a two in one machine which neither of us have ever used. Basically it just kept washing the clothes and not drying them. We even tried this morning before we left but still couldn't figure it out. So we threw all of the sopping wet clothes into a garbage bag and packed it in the car to figure it out later. We also stole food from the breakfast buffet this morning at the hotel to eat for lunch and cleaned out the food in our fridge into a blue recycling bin. So here we are pulling up to the fanciest place we have ever stayed and it's valet service and they want to bring all of our bags to the room for us! We also have a dirty diaper on the floor and old pizza. Tyler tried to tell them we would park and get our bags ourselves but they insisted. Sooo they hauled all of our garbage bags into the hotel. He tried to explain the wet bag of clothes to the man (picture Alfred from Batman), and he offered to bring the clothes to the staff house to dry them for us. It was very nice of him and I am laughing writing this story.
This afternoon we had an activity planned on the castle estate. We met up with the guide for some Falconry. We met Sanchez the hawk and with a little bit of instruction walked through the forest with the hawk flying around and then returning to land on our arms. It was really cool and shockingly even Bennett participated. He actually let the hawk land on him. The hawk was fed little bits of a dead baby chick...and we had to put the pieces in our hands to get the hawk to come back to us. At one point the instructor waved the dead chick to try to get the hawks attention...I had to look away. We then got to also hold a small little owl named Pickles. Bennett and Tyler then fished formanbjt in the lake but didn't catch any fish. They pulled up seaweed once and Tyler told Bennett that they caught dinner so Bennett of course took it literally and ate the seaweed off the hook. We would have loved to have had dinner in the fine dining room but didn't think the kids would do well. They are pretty good at restaurants but this would be a bit much so we opted for a dinner in a informal bistro and went to a little movie night they had playing in a room for kids. Bennett didn't really watch but wanted to stay for the popcorn and we bailed on the movie as soon as the popcorn and candy were dished out. I'd love to come back again one day to get to do some of the fancier stuff like afternoon tea!