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River Martin

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  • Oct11

    Blarney Castle and Gardens

    October 11, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We spent a couple of hours at Blarney Castle The Blarney stone is 123 steps up into a tower via a narrow spiral passageway. There are views through the bars to the garden below for those who care to look down!
    The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. Yes Bruce and Sam kissed it!
    The gardens were amazing with streams separating the various areas. I could have spent hours there but we needed to get to Rosslare to catch the ferry back to Wales the next morning
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  • Day9

    Ein Hoch auf unseren Busfahrer!

    March 12 in Ireland ⋅ 🌬 8 °C

    Froh der Unterkunft entfliehen zu können, hatten wir uns vorgenommen zwei Castles zu besichtigen. Zuerst steuerten wir das Blarney Castle an. Es ist wohl die berühmteste Sehenswürdigkeit Corks. Das Castle hat zudem noch eine große Gartenanlage, in der man munter spazieren kann. Mit dem Bus fuhren wir ca. eine halbe Stunde. Die Haltestelle war gleich vor unserer Tür. Einen Fahrplan gab es nicht. Dort standen wir gegen 9 Uhr morgens und warteten. Und warteten und warteten… Irgendwann wurden wir ungeduldig und fragten andere Busfahrer, wann unser Bus denn kommen mag oder ob sie zufälligerweise auch zum Blarney Castle fahren. Die meisten gaben keine Antwort oder verneinten kurz und fuhren weiter. Der vierte Busfahrer, den wir fragten, teilte uns zumindest mit, dass unser Bus 10 nach 10 kommen wird. Skeptisch, aber mit Hoffnung warteten wir und der Busfahrer fuhr weiter. Er kam aber nicht weit. Rasch hielt er wieder an, stieg aus und rannte auf uns zu. „Es tut mir leid!“ „Ich hatte es total vergessen!“ „Ihr Bus wird heute nicht an dieser Haltestelle bedient, da gebaut wird!“ „Sie müssen zur Hauptstraße!“, rief er uns zu. Wir nahmen die Beine in die Hand und rannten die Treppen runter zur Hauptstraße. Eine Haltestelle war nicht in Sicht. Wir liefen entlang der Hauptstraße in Richtung Castle. Es dauerte mindestens eine halbe Stunde, bis wir eine Haltestelle erblickten. Dort warteten wir noch einmal 10 Minuten, bis wir endlich im Bus saßen. Die Sonne schien. Im Ort angekommen schauten wir uns erst einen Laden für Souvenirs an, da Vanessa ihren Liebsten Wollpullover mitbringen möchte. Später als wir am Gelände des Schlosses ankamen, fing es an in Strömen zu Regnen und zu Hageln. Das Wetter sollte den gesamten Tag sehr wechselhaft werden. Wir erlebten fast alle vier Jahreszeiten in einer Stunde. Während des Regens versuchten wir uns im Schloss unterzustellen und sobald die Sonne wieder rauskam spazierten wir entlang der botanischen Gärten. Vom Vorabend hatten wir Burger übrig, die wir gegen Mittag glücklich auf einer Bank in der Sonne verspeisten. Am Nachmittag stand noch das Blackrock Castle auf dem Plan, welches auf Bildern, die wir gesehen hatten sehr imposant ausgesehen hatte. Nur 30 Minuten brauchten wir mit dem Bus. Als wir dann endlich das Schloss erblickten, kamen wir aus dem Lachen nicht mehr heraus. „Da ist ja sogar meine 1-Raum Wohnung größer!“ Lange hielten wir uns daher am Blackrock Castle nicht auf. Den Rest des Tages verbrachten wir in der Innenstadt Corks, wo ich mir eine Vintage Jacke zulegte, die ich seitdem jeden Tag stolz trage.Read more

  • Day15

    Blarney/Cork

    August 7 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Nach einem ruhigen Vormittag in Blarney und einem kurzen Abstecher in die Innenstadt fand am späten Nachmittag bei Pat und Jo ein Grill-Event statt. Von Würstchen über gegrillten marinierten Black Pudding bis hin zu Burgern war alles dabei...wir konnten stundenlang draussen sitzen, ehe es dann später am Abend doch zu kühl wurde.
    Um kurz nach zehn waren wir schließlich wieder in Blarney.
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  • Day3

    Blarney - ein fauler Tag im "Blue House"

    July 26 in Ireland ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Heute ein "fauler" Tag in Blarney. Nachdem wir einkaufen waren, haben wir bei Blarney Woolen Mills etwas gegessen sind später noch auf einen Kaffee bei Pat und Jo vorbeigefahren. Abends noch gemeinsam vor der Glotze gesessen und schon war der Tag wieder mal schneller vorüber, als einem lieb war.Read more

  • Day9

    Brombeerpflücken in Blarney

    August 1 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Die Römer nannten Irland "Hibernia" und wenn man mal hier übernachtet hat, dann weiß man warum. Man wird hier morgens nur schwer wach, weil man hier irgendwie tiefer schläft, als Zuhause in Münster.
    Nachdem wir uns also aus dem Bett gequält hatten, ging es für Patrick und Eimear zum Bronbeerpflücken; eigentlich noch ein wenig zu früh für die Jahreszeit, aber die Ausbeute war insgesamt OK....und lecker waren sie sowieso.
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  • Day5

    Blarney Castle & Cliffs of Moher

    August 24, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Well another magical day. Blue sky at the Blarney Castle, kissed the Blarney Stone. I wish I had spent a day here wandering around the grounds, they are so beautiful. We then headed to the West Coast to visit the Cliffs of Moher. Luckily for us the rain held off. As we drove into the car park the rain was pouring down sideways from the wind, we put on our wet weather gear and it stopped just long enough for us to walk along the Cliffs and snap our photos. We headed back to Cork through Tipperary, a busy little city with lots of old style charm. Love the Emerald Isle. Everyday just gets better.Read more

  • Day4

    My first Kiss (with a giant lucky rock)

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Well we did it! When you come up to the Blarney Castle and grounds, you could honestly get lost in the mazes and gardens that lay before you. But obviously we didn't look around when we got there... We headed straight for the castle to make the climb to Kiss the Blarney stone.

    The Blarney Stone was said to be blessed (or cursed, depensing how you think of it) by a witch a long, long time ago and that any person who kisses it develops the "Gift of Gab". For those of you who don't know, that is the ability to talk... And talk... And talk... And talk. (Like the Irish do)

    So we walked into the castle and climed the very very tall spiral stone staircase (that gradually closed in on you as you went... Honestly) until we got to the top of the castle to the barricade lookout. Once there, you had to lean out over the edge of the castle to reach the wall to kiss it, while being held by a friendly tour attendant. If you are on the shorter side (like me), you have to scoot out so far that it feela like only the tip of your bottom is touching the floor and the rest of you is literally hanging over the open hole. There are no nets and no safety features except for the handles you see in the pictures. And I absolutely loved every second of it.

    On the way down we explored all of the rooms and nooks/crannies that we found, but I think we were all too distracted riding the high from kissing the Blarney.
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  • Day4

    Wishing not to fall down these stairs

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After making our waterfall wishes, we headed through the garden again to see all of the places where witches are said to reside or frequent. We found the Dolman rocks.. Simply one rock balancing awkwardly on top of another that no one knows how it got there or why it is that way. It is said that passing through the opening below can unlock magical things... It magically allowed me to get from one side of the rock to the other!!

    Next up, the witch's kitchen. There is a witch who lives here at night and burns fireword that was paid for by the wishes of the wishing steps (see below) in order to keep warm. We went and checked it out, she has a very low-tech kitchen.

    The witches stone is a stone which looks like a witches face. Yup.

    And finally, we camebacross the wishing stairs! Another witch blessed/cursed object, it is aaid that if you walk down the stairs backwards with your eyes closed while simultaneously thinking of your deepest wish, it will come true. To be extra magical, the threebof us walked down like this andnthen back up with our eyes closed, also.

    So many wishes coming true!!!
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  • Day4

    Don't go Chasing Waterfall(wishes)

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    After coming down from kissing the Blarney Stone (both literally and figuratively), we wandered through the gardens to see all of the other magical spots. Firat up, after walking through a small tunnel in the rock, was a waterfall which acts as a wishing well, of sorts. We took turns tossing pennies over our shoulder while making a wish.

    What did I wish for?

    Yeah, right... I know how wishing works. I'm not telling.
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  • Day4

    The kiss we've been waiting for!

    June 23, 2016 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Up and at 'em again this morning.

    We met our tour group near Paddy's Place (near Paddy wagons hostel is in Dublin). Once it hit 8 am we were off to visit the Blarney Stone.

    Our first pit stop was a regular truck stop we're often use to, especially on the 401. Following this, we visited Cashel Rock. Cashel Rock is a beautiful castle that has lost much of it's roofing over the years. There are many families, even recent, that are buried on site. Some families included the Ryan's, O'Briens, and Duane's. The story of Cashel Rock is said to be a rock that was thrown at Saint Patrick. We spent an hour here taking in the emotions that surround it (there were even crows circling in an out of the castle).

    We spent just under an hour on the bus to go to Blarney. The bua ride was filled with Irish chants, and us 3 Canadian girls, signing the entire time.

    In Blarney, the first (and obvious) thing we did was "Kiss the Blarney Stone". Now, we better have a lot of luck on our side. In order to kiss the stone, you bend your back, you hold your hands on each pole and slide down until you reach the stones. Following this, we explores Blarney Castle. Here, we saw the murder room, the ladies room, and the priests room. The stairs circled and became tighter as you went higher. During our time in the castle, we met two friends (1 from Alabama and 1 from Florida).

    After the castle, we explored the Blarney gardens. They were just spectacular. We unfortunately had a little rain, but it made the gardens much greener. Within the gardens we made a wish in the waterfall my throwing in 1 cent euro (and don't ask us what our wishes were). To explore the rest we had to walk through Close Rock (I'm short enough to walk sttaight through - I guess it pays off fo be a little on the short side). Then we went to the Wishing Steps. The wishing steps are known to grant your wish if you walk up and down the stairs with your eyes closed. Of course we did this and made a second wish! After which the sun came up and we were lucky to have such beautiful weather.

    We walked into Blarney for a little until it was time to get back to the bus. On our way back we had an hour stop in Cork. Cork is only famous because of Henry Ford, other than that many say there is not much to do. It's also known for the largest natural port in the world, and does it ever have a large port. We and our 2 American friends strolled more into the city. We stopped into Penney's (a cheap clothing store known for Brand Names).

    We are now on the bus to return to the city of Dublin.
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