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28.08.2016 - 28.08.2015 18 °C
On a showery morning we leave Cork and head for Blarney Castle. I had spied in a brochure that we were near Blarney Castle. Of course we had to visit. This was one time when ignorance was bliss. I had done no research on this. Geoff had studied it the night before. I thought the blarney stone was at ground level and wondered why on earth you would turn upside down to kiss the blarney stone. I was soon to find out. The entrance to the castle rather pretty with gardens and a stream. We got to the Castle and joined the long queau that stretched out the door. It took awhile to reach the narrow winding turrent leading upwards and upwards. Once in this turrent there was no way of turning back as there were people packed in front and behind. You were wedged in this turrent. Luckily I was in the right frame of mind that day as sometimes I can have claustrophobic issues and height issues. You could exit on the way up to look in rooms we did once but then had to push back in front. I must say we were guilty of saying we were part of the group in front at one stage. This was funny as got friendly with them and they would have known we didn't belong to that group. Near the top the turrent is particularly narrow and steep you are literally hauling yourself upwards by a rope which is quite vertical and still squashed like a sardine. It was good to finally make it to the top. Great views from there. It suddenly dawned on me that one of us would need to kiss the blarney stone. I knew Geoff wouldn't. We progressed reasonably quickly at the top as some people chickened out. There was a slippery mat to lie on and a gentleman to hold you in case you took a head first dive. There were some rails quite far apart quite a distance down. I put my head back then said where is it. It was another foot down. I just grabbed the rails and hauled myself down. Yes I did kiss it. When I stood up my feet were a little shaky for a couple of moments. By then I had time to think what I had just done. You went down a different turrent slightly wider. This time we had a chance to look through the rooms. We also chatted to an American couple from Arizona on their first trip abroad. She was an air hostess just doing internal flights. A chance to get a photo with 2 of us in. We looked around the beautifully set out grounds and had lunch here. Yummy tomato soup. I am always impressed with the quality of food in these places. We looked through the new gift shop, I bought a teatowel here. After Blarney Castle we had a short stop in Killarney before heading to Limerick for the night. Sadly we didn't get to meet up with Margaret, John's mum, we were in contact then I lost cell phone coverage. Killarney is an attractive town, obviously it would have been great to stop for longer. 7 days just time for a little taste of Ireland. Ireland on the run. All to soon we headed to Limerick another nice city with a river Shannon running through. We parked in a parking building then walked out of this building and along the street to reach our hotel looking over the Shannon river. The lady behind the counter very friendly, I read Irish people are the friendliest people in the world. It is right. New Zealanders quite high on that list. Anyway she decided to organize us gave us a map and told us where we should walk and have dinner. So we obeyed and enjoyed our river walk took photos and ended up at The Loft the noises busiest place in town. We were very hungry. They found us a quieter place upstairs where we could have dinner. The dinner was delicious, we were surprised how quick it arrived. Another great day in Ireland.