So, by all rights, this post should be the best of them all, because today, I kissed the Blarney Stone and gained the “gift of gab.”
The day began in Cork, where our hotel room overlooked a graveyard, where we could observe the locals sunbathing on the gravestones… But we boarded the bus bright and early and went directly to Blarney Castle, where we waited outside the gates to be the first in line to kiss the famous rock. As soon as we were allowed in, we went straight to the castle, up the tiny, ancient, spiral stone staircase to the ramparts, where we literally lay down and bent over backwards to kiss the stone.
After completing our task, we explored the rooms of the castle and made our way into the gorgeous grounds. The entire place was beautiful. We saw the Poison Garden, the caves with tunnels to escape from the castle, the stables, the Druid cave, the Witches Kitchen, the Witch’s Stone, the wishing stairs (where we made our wishes by going down and back up with our eyes closed), the Druid stones and sacrificial altar and the fairy glade.
After reluctantly leaving the castle, we piled back on the bus for the Cliffs of Moher, also known as the Cliffs of Insanity from the movie The Princess Bride, which is one of my all time favorites. They were beautiful, but it was windy and I’m incredibly scared of heights so I stayed far away from the edge.
Following our lunchtime excursion on the Cliffs of Insanity, we headed to Galway where we will spend two nights. After a short walking tour, my roommate and I found dinner in an awesome little pub, where I had an Irish coffee and Irish stew to stave off the chill from the drizzle. When we finished, we joined the others from the group for some live music in another pub.
All in all, it was a fantastic day.
Tomorrow we will take a ferry out to the Aran Islands to explore some more!