Butler House. Dower House of Kilkenny Castle.

How many times have you been somewhere that is familiar but you see something unusual. This morning I took a wander up to Kilkenny Castle courtyard to see what was new and saw a small opening into a dreamy garden and venturing a little further came across an absolute gem of a house, Butler House. On further inspection I discovered it is in fact a guest house with a splendid decor. The mouldings on the ceilings and walls are original Adams. Not many guest houses can boast that. It exudes a friendly family atmosphere reflecting its historical past.

Butler House was  built in 1786 by Sir Walter Butler 16th Earl of Ormonde for his wife Lady Eleanor so that she would have somewhere comfortable to live after his death. How thoughtful. It was once used as a soup kitchen during the cholera outbreak. It was also was used by students studying the arts and is now under the umbrella of Kilkenny Civil Trust.

On Monday 17th it reopens after an extensive renovation project and it will be opening a tea rooms and restaurant. To stay the rooms range from €99 to €250 for the Presidential suite.

So if you are visiting the castle seek out this little gem and enjoy the view.

http://www.butler.ie

Kilkenny Farmers Market

Now the Summer is underway so is Kilkenny Farmers Market , however half the stands have very little to do with farming but lend themselves to a foody feel.

These are small businesses which offer a unique choice such as the olive seller. Fresh locally grown strawberries and indulgent hand made chocolates are an example of the diverse produce on offer.

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The market is held on Thursdays ( 10.00 – 2.30 pm ) on The Parade outside the Castle. Well worth a visit to support the local food producers.

 

Agos’s Technicolor Bicycle

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Agos Arias & Technicolour Bike.

Travelling is all about surprises and today I passed by Kilkenny Cycling Tours and saw Agos putting the finishing touches to their display bike. Her smile was as colourful as the bike. Try them out.

If you have similar pictures send them in , would love to see what your riding for the summer. I will write a free blog for the winner.

http://www.kilkennycyclingtours.com

Hungary

Well am here after a lot of planning thanks to Charlotte from Travel Trail , Tenburry Wells , Worcestershire. She has such patience and will organise your trip so you have nothing to worry about . I had a very smooth journey to my hotel in Budapest, The Atlas Hotel . Good clean room and at a good price. Thank you Charlotte.

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The Atlas Hotel Budapest.

Last night I experienced a very strange thing , I travelled by metro and brought a valid ticket then on arrival the inspector stopped me saying I should have had it clipped so they wanted to fined me

€ 30.00 ! I left by another entrance and escaped so if you come this way be careful .

There are so many homeless people sleeping all over the inside of the stations so be careful but they do not appear to be threatening just seeking shelter from the cold.

There are so many bars and restaurants here the choice is endless. I had some bad food and generally good food.

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Homemade Mullalioa pork Sausage .

I have never seen a nation so in love with Pizza outside Italy than the Hungarians . They eat it on the go as well an in hundreds of restaurants. It does look good . Try the Spiller Cafe. http://www.spiller.hu

Having built up a good appetite with a long exploritory  walk around Budapest , it is clear that this is a very attractive city with a lot of charm. The people are generally friendly and helpful and speak good English , but try to speak a little Hungarian , they will appreciate it .

Koszonom ( Kazanom ) Thank you

Szivesen (Shivensen ) Your welcome

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The Opera House , Budapest.