There once was a girl from Limerick
Limerick Travel Blog› entry 51 of 113 › view all entries
August 1st, 2008 – by: afredrix
I roamed the streets, checked out the city museums (which included very well-preserved 2000-year-old "Bog Bodies" to my delight) and met up with a few different couchsurfers to get the real Dublin experience. My host for the first couple nights had been Ivan from Spain and his hodgepodge of flatmates from Italy, Brazil and France. While they were extremely helpful and illustrate perfectly Dublin's melting-pot notoriety, they can't exactly provide the Irish insider-perspective I was hoping to encounter.
It was Ciara who especially convinced me to get out of Dublin. The locals don't feel it's an accurate portrayal of the real Ireland, and with all the tourists and foreigners filling the city center, it's easy to see why. So when Ciara offered a ride and place to stay in Limerick for the weekend, I had the perfect opportunity to leave. And considering her mom's home cooking was part of the deal, I would have been mad not to accept.
Limerick as a town doesn't have much to offer. Ciara and her family, on the other hand, made the trip quite worthwhile.
Ciara's brother Connor and sister Eimear (along with her boyfriend John) were also home for the weekend, so we turned Saturday into a bit of a Griffin sibling roadtrip. They took me the hour-and-a-half north to see the famed "Cliffs of Moher." Although I later discovered these cliffs weren't necessarily anymore impressive that 90% of the rest of the west shoreline, the Irish coast as a whole is definitely dramatic and I basically had to just stop taking pictures because everywhere is amazing and worthy of a photo.
Despite the multiple signs, I felt it very necessary to hop the rail for 30 seconds to snap off one of my famous feet pictures while Ciara and Connor covered me. I would have liked to get closer for a better shot, but given the stories of big wind gales that have been known to blow tourists right over the edge, I'll settle for what I got.
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