Monthly Archives: August 2014

Kissing the Blarney Stone

We took a day trip to Cork and Blarney so that we can go kiss the Blarney Stone 🙂

We were picked up early in the morning by a bus from Extreme Island Tours.

For our first stop, we arrived in Cashel and visited the castle and church. It was a beautiful morning unlike the one we had in Carrickfergus.

Next we stopped off in Cork for lunch. Cork was a beautiful town and I wished we had more time to explore it. We saw Saint Finn-Barrs Cathedral (didn’t go in because there was mass happening) as well as going up to the bell tower. We got to ring the bell and had a great view of the town.

After spending time in Cork, we headed to Blarney to see the Blarney Castle & Gardens. The Blarney Stone was at the top of the castle. When we got to the top, L decided she didn’t want to kiss it because we had to lie on our back, reach over the hole and lean out to kiss it. It was quite the experience and then I thought about how many people had kissed it before me and it probably hasn’t been washed in a while, or for that matter, ever. There are many myths that surround the origin of the stone but many make the trek to kiss the stone to gain the gift of eloquence. Read more about it here.

After doing that, we wandered around the beautiful gardens, the poison garden, wishing steps and the witches kitchen. I can imagine how pretty it looks in the summer time with all the flowers in full bloom. Overall a fantastic day 🙂

Would you kiss the Blarney Stone?

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Can’t leave Dublin without visiting the Guinness Storehouse

This was on the list of must-do’s before leaving Dublin. Since the bf couldn’t make it to Europe, I tried to take as many photos as possible so that I could show him afterwards (he likes beer!).  We got to also pour our own pint of Guinness, which was awesome. I have a certificate to prove it!

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Exploring Dublin

From Belfast, we took a bus to Dublin that took only two hours. It always amazes me that in Europe, you can take a train/plane/bus and within a couple of hours, you can be in a completely different country.

We stayed at the Barnacles Templebar House Hostel in a six bed female dorm.  It was very well equipped with a bathroom within in the room and each bunk had their own outlets – something that we have learned are a commodity when sharing a room with others. It’s right next to the famous Temple Bar!

L really wanted to take a look at Trinity College so on an early morning, we made our way over and ended up going on a tour of the campus. The tour led by fellow a Trinity student was a delight. He had humour and interesting facts that kept the tour light and fun. That’s where we also met a older German couple who lives in Brampton: Helga and …… The husband saw my Canadian flag on my backpack and asked where in Canada we were from. We started chatting and I found out that they were originally from Berlin and had moved to Canada 30 years ago. Since we were going to make a stop in Berlin, I asked them what they would recommend that we see. What a lovely couple. We spent most of the time with them on the tour and eventually split up at the end. I love meeting new people and L just lets me talk to them, so she doesn’t have to most of the time.

After only being away from home for two weeks, I was really craving burritos. I had searched online for a place and came across the “Little Ass Burrito Bar” located close to Trinity College. We got there the first time and it was super busy so we didn’t get one. I was determined try a burrito but the second time we went back, it wasn’t open for another 30 mins. We couldn’t wait because we had to make it to the airport to catch a flight. While travelling, food was the one thing I didn’t expect I would crave so much. I guess I’d have to wait until another place to get a burrito 😦

I’m missing veggies. Since we’ve been on the road, we have been eating lots of pub food (especially fried stuff) or some variation of meat and potatoes. Restaurants in Dublin seem to also be overpriced so we decided to go to the grocery store and make our food. Pasta with veggies isn’t so bad when you make it yourself.

What do you miss the most when travelling?

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