Only two more posts left! Well, this one and tomorrow’s – I’m going to combine the last two days of the trip since one was almost completely travel and I pretty much wrote all about that in my weekend recap when I got back. If you’ve missed any of the other days, check them out 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
Day 7: Blarney Castle
Day 8 was one of those days that started off awesome, had a stressful middle and ended awesome. Thank God for that!
We started off the day with our last Irish breakfast (or for me, literally just bacon – ha!) at Wayside. So sad to be leaving Theresa – she was an awesome host. She reminded me of an Irish Julia Childs – ha – her voice sounded just like hers. We packed up our stuff and headed out for another drive to the Rock of Cashel!
Once we arrived, we bought tickets for the tour. We found out after we bought them that we could’ve just walked around for free, but I’m actually glad we bought tickets. Our tour guide was so insightful and we learned so much. In fact, we learned that a piece of the castle is in a church in Wisconsin – how cool!
This place was beautiful and falling apart – but still beautiful. I’m so glad that it was almost entirely the same as it was hundreds of years ago and they were just trying to keep it up, not trying to change it.
There were also faces all over the buildings, which was pretty cool and random. Do you see it?
And did you know the castle walls were SO thick that they had hidden passages within them? Super cool. It’s called the Rock of Cashel because of the limestone rock the castle and buildings sit on. Loved every moment of this tour!
After the tour, we ate a quick lunch at a little place right around the corner. It was pretty good, but the lack of sleep throughout the whole week was really starting to wear on me and I was not the happiest of campers. Of course, the GPS wasn’t picking up the next location either so I was super anxious about.
Well, anxious we should be! We got lost because there was construction and finally figured that out. Then our GPS literally took us through a farm field – we were driving on a tractor path. When we finally found the B&B no one was there. Seriously? I rang the doorbell a few times, played with the dogs that were running around outside and tried not to flip the *&^% out. I finally took my phone off airplane mode and called the lady who picked up and sounded like she was at a pub. She told me her son was on her way. Well, her son go there only to tell us that his mom decided to take a last minute trip and booked us with another B&B. She never told me, which I find completely unprofessional. I think the son could tell I was at my limit, so he called his wife and had her drive us to the next location so we wouldn’t get lost. So grateful to those two, even though I’m definitely not giving his mom’s B&B a good review. Here’s some pictures from the B&B we ended up at.
Once we got to the new B&B (15-minutes south of where we originally were), we settled in and asked for directions for somewhere to eat. Thankfully there was a nice pub right up the road – we both weren’t in the mood to get lost again! Dad had a Guinness, I had a cider and we both had fish and chips and all was right with the world again. 😉 We got back, took showers and went to sleep for the night.
Only one more post to go! Tomorrow I’ll talk about Waterford Crystal Factory, Kilkenny Castle and all about or last night/day in Dublin traveling back to the U.S. Thanks again for reading along! And here’s a random photo to end it out. 🙂