Seriously, I saw some parts of Ireland this weekend that made me doubt that I was on this island. Furthermore, it did not rain in about 5 days. That along deserves to be mentioned. 😉
After having shown Michaellyn the highlights of Dublin on Thursday, we picked up our rental car from the airport and then headed southwest on Friday morning. No traffic at all considering it was Easter weekend.
We stopped at the Rock of Cashel and walked around there. The weather was gorgeous and there were some benches where we had some picknick. Yum!
Then we headed to the Blarney Castle as Michaellyn had always wanted to kiss the Blarney Stone. Apparently it gives you eloquence. Well, we did it, and I even did it twice due to some photo probs. But fear not, there’s photographic evidence that I did kiss it! 😉 Kissing the Blarney Stone is kind of scary with you dangling head over the castle wall and only some old mate holding you while your hands desperately grasp some iron bars. Don’t think I’ll do that again.
After Blarney we checked into our hotel in Cork – a very nice city by the way – and then walked around a bit and had dinner. Unfortunately it was Good Friday so the pubs were all closed but oh well…
Saturday morning we drove to Killarney to drive on the Ring of Kerry – a route that goes round a peninsula. After a stroll in the Killarney National Park, the road got super winding and narrow and it took us an hour for a fifth of the whole route. We were thinking of just going back then because it was already 2pm then but some bikers told us that that had been the worst and it’d get much better afterwards. Thankfully it did and the views were so worth it! We also found a beach and climbed down to it only to discover a road that led down once we were down. 🙂 But we used the road to go back up to our car so yay!
Another stop in Waterville where Charlie Chaplin’s daughter has a house and then we drove to Killarney to have dinner before heading back to Cork.
Easter Sunday we checked out of our hotel and got the car out of the carpark (and it had a new scratch thankyouverymuch) and went to Cobh (say “Cove”). Originally we had only planned to take a look around for an hour or so and then move on but the town and the weather were so nice that we spent the whole day there. Had some yummy brunch at the Lazy Bean Cafe (eggs, bagel), enjoyed the sun, looked at the cathedral, searched for the Titanic memorial, looked at the Queenstown Story museum, had ice-cream. Lovely day!