From a Hotel Room in Northern Ireland…

I made it to the top of Blarney Castle, despite my insane fear of heights and a slight case of claustrophobia:

Blarney (1024x768)

I didn’t kiss the stone. More than one person told me that the employees and locals like to pee on it. Whether that’s true or not, I’d rather not take my chances. Plus, I saw everyone in front of me rub their lips against it, and I was semi-grossed out by the time it was my turn. I breezed right past it and quickly made my way back to solid ground.

The thing about these castles and forts and ruins is that they are EVERYWHERE in Ireland. You’ll be driving down the road, and BAM, castle. Or, taking a stroll through town, and BOOM: tower. It’s crazy.

Random Tower 2 (1024x768)Random Tower (768x1024)

Kylemore Abbey (1024x768)

Bunratty Castle (768x1024)

We visited the Cliffs of Moher this week. I was so excited for this. It was definitely one of the sights on my list of things to see. Here’s what the Cliffs look like on a clear day:

photo courtesy of irishdaytours.ie

photo courtesy of irishdaytours.ie

And here’s what they looked like the day we visited:

Cliffs of Moher (1024x768)

Yep. Too foggy to see a damn thing. And, quite the tourist trap, I must say. For those who want a piece of history and would love to see some amazing seaside cliffs without the tourists, might I suggest taking a ferry to the Aran Islands and visiting Dun Aengus in lieu of the Cliffs of Moher?

Just a suggestion.

Less than a week ’til I head back home. Missing my dogs, friends and cooking my own food. Here are a few more pics for your viewing pleasure…

 

Buildings on the river in Cong

Buildings on the river in Cork

Landscape in the Dingle Peninsula

Landscape in the Dingle Peninsula

WB Yeats' grave in Drumcliffe Churchyard

WB Yeats’ grave in Drumcliffe Churchyard

Thatch cottages in Adare

Thatch cottages in Adare

Colorful buildings in Kenmare

Colorful buildings in Kenmare

Beaches along the coast of the Dingle Peninsula

Beaches along the coast of the Dingle Peninsula

It really is too beautiful for words here. And the people are so absorbed in their history. Makes me a little jealous…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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