On to my favorite day of the entire trip! You can check out the last six days if you haven’t already here:
Day 1: Chicago to Ireland
Day 2: Dublin
Day 3: Galway
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher
Day 5: Killarney + Torc Waterfall + Muckross Abbey
Day 6: Ring of Kerry
Blarney Castle – the reason I won the trip in the first place. If you didn’t know, I won two plane tickets to Ireland through the Embassy of Ireland’s Facebook contest around this time last year. It was a month-long contest and I entered one time and forgot about it. No one actually wins those things anyways, right? Well, long story short, I won and my entry was talking about how I wanted to go to Ireland to check out all of the castles, but especially the Blarney Castle. Not only did I want to do the super touristy kissing of the blarney stone (not that I need the gift of gab anyway …), but I wanted to check out one of the most beautiful castles and gardens in Ireland. My entire trip was based around this specific location, so you bet your butts I loved this. And, of course, I forgot my DSLR so these are all from the wonderful world of iPhone. Thank God for a good camera phone!
We picked a spectacular day, too. The weather was warm and beautiful. There were quite a few people there, so we had to wait in line up some VERY tiny, windy stairs to the top of the castle (which was a lot higher than I was expecting). I was holding on to the ropes pretty tight the closer we got to the top (not so great with heights). But we got up there and both my dad and I kissed the
(bacteria-filled) stone! 🙂
I was very excited that I could touch the top of the ceiling.
My size house
I’m still very confused that Ireland has palm trees.
We ended up eating at the restaurant there (though I barely ate because the bees were apparently attracted to me and we all know how I feel about bees) so I walked around a shop while my dad finished his food.
We continued looking around the place and then headed back to Killarney and our B&B.
Since none of the other restaurants in the area were open and my dad didn’t want to drive back into the town, we had our third and final meal at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Of course a new bartender was in that was quite the looker, but I just got to make eyes with him – I didn’t have enough time to make him fall in love with me. At least the food was good. 😉
The rest of the night was spent packing up our B&B and getting ready to move on to our last B&B in Kilkenny – which turned out to be another crazy stressful day!