In Search of the Stone
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I awoke to the sound of rain, which unfortunately wasn't gone by the time we were leaving.
I said goodbye to my aunt at the bus station and I was off on my first leg of my trek to Blarney. I left behind my big suitcase at the bus station in Dublin (not something I recommend as there's no elevator to the lockers in the basement and they charge more for baggage storage than the train station), and changed to the train. By the time I arrived in Cork, the rain was thankfully gone and the sun shining through the few remaining clouds.
I got my bus fairly easily in Cork, only a 10 minute walk from the train to the bus station.
I got to my B&B without too much trouble and then once I'd dropped off some of my stuff in my room, I headed out to the castle since it was still open for a couple of hours.
Despite the main reason of visiting Blarney Castle being to kiss the infamous stone, I couldn't quite bring myself to get up all the steep steps. Oh well, I'll just have to work on having the "gift of the gab" on my own!
After exploring around the rest of the inside of the castle, I went for a walk around Rock Close that is on the grounds. I would definitely recommend that people take the time to explore this area; it's a really nice walk.
It was starting to get chilly and I was getting hungry, so I ran back to the B&B to get my jacket, then made my way around the restaurants to decide on dinner.
I stopped in at the bar in the Blarney Castle Hotel for what ended up being a really delicious lamb burger stuffed with feta cheese and some mint and salsa, with of course the requisite chips. I also decided to try a snifter of an apple brandy local to Co. Cork called "Eden" Apple Brandy (Longueville). Just smelling it, let alone drinking it, was intoxicating!
I waited a bit after dinner and decided to have some dessert, specifically their special for the evening, Strawberry Mille Feuille with Chantilly Cream and Mango Coulis. Very nice and light.
The atmosphere in the bar is great, at least for someone like me who wanted to be in the midst of "local colour"! LOL!
After dessert I took a walk around the area before heading back to the B&B to relax for the rest of the evening. But before doing that, I made a new friend in the owners' dog.