on the road again....

Cork Travel Blog

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Ok guys... we're on the last leg of our journey.  We haven't been able to update much because of lack of internet access so we have a lot to update you on.  Here goes..

From Dublin we drove to the 1.5 hours to Belfast.  It was BEAUTIFUL!!  Loved the city!  We rode the Belfast Eye to get a birds eye view of the entire city.  The City Hall is something to be amazed at... puts our already hideous New Orleans City Hall to even more shame.  Walked up to see the political murals on Falls Road.  Northern Ireland is not a fan of our previous president...  Took a drive out to Belfast Castle.  We got to walk around the grounds but there were two weddings going on so couldn't see the inside, never the less really beautiful.  Time for dinner at a really cool pub called Robinsons (hey craig!!) then walked next door to the Crown.  Really neat pub... it kinda looks like what I imagine the inside of the carosel to look like.  Lots of pretty tile and stained glass with neat little booths with latched entry doors modled after confessionals in the Catholic Church (ironic...).  The bartender was really cool and filled us in on some neat facts.  Then some drunk Scotts tried to buy us some Vodka Redbulls... no thanks. 

The next morning we woke up early and drove up to the coast.  The Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge.  It was our first day of sun and slightly warmer (14c).  The Causeway was amazing... not exactly sure how to describe it and pictures will never do it justice.  The Rope bridge was freezing and WINDY (we took a video) but was still fun... until Amanda lost the car keys and we had to walk the 1.2 miles from the car park all the way back to the bridge... loads of fun.    We attempted to see St. Patricks grave in Downpatrick however were unsuccessfull.  We were exhausted from our hikes and gave up and drove on back to Dublin.

From Dublin we drove across to Galway on Sunday morning.  On the way we stoped at Athlone castle.  Athlone is a very cool small village with a huge defesive castle right smack in the middle.  Once in Galway we shopped and walked the pedestrian malls of the inner city.  Lots of neat pubs and shops.  We had a couple beers... ok several... at the Front Door before haveing the "Worlds Best" fish and chips at MacDonoughs.  It made us really really really miss tony's!!  Then headed back to the Front Door... beer is a much better dinner!

Day 5... Drove out to Allwee Cave.  Very cool cave near the cliffs of Moher on the southwest coast.   Saw bear bones and a bear bed more than 9,000 years old as they have been extinct for that long.  Drove on to the cliffs... similar to the causeway in the sense that it is indescribably beautiful.  We did a little trespassing in order to get as close to the cliffs edge as we could and then quickly retreated back behind the barrier. 

From there we headed to the Dingle Peninsula.  Ireland has a beautiful coast and had it been just a few degrees warmer we may have been able to enjoy the nice beaches.  hahaha.. yeah right!

Las night we arrived in Cork.  Our B&B was right across the street from a neat little pub so we unwound with a couple beers before heading to bed.  This morning we made our way out to Blarney to kiss the stone at Blarney Castle.  The castle itself is a marvel, built four stories high in two parts.  Leaning backwards over the edge to kiss the stone was a bit scary but well worth it! 

Now we're wondering around Cork city.  Doing a little shopping and then heading back to Dublin for the night to wake up and head to the airport.  Can't wait to see you all at home!!   

fritz_e says:
Yes, whenever I showed people photos of me leaning backwards to kiss the Blarney Stone, people would inevitably ask "What the hell are you doing?"

CYA Thursday!
Posted on: May 19, 2009
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