Today we went to Bunratty Castle
The link below explains Bunratty Castle and Folk Parkhttp://www.group-trotter.net/ireland/places/bunratty/bunratty.html
On the wall in the entryway to the castle there is a letter written by Jackie Kennedy after having visited there.
We wandered through the castle and through quite a bit of the park
The view from the Bunratty Castle battlements is amazing.
There is also a little shopping area,
a post office, and a cafeteria. We had lunch there before getting on the road again. The food was forgettable 8(
After Bunratty we drove to the Cliffs Of Moher. Otherwise known as the Cliffs of Insanity in The Princess Bride.
When viewing the cliffs, you have a choice. You can head toward the left out over the cliffs, or to the right, which goes up a ways and gives you a vantage point for viewing the cliffs. To the right there are stairs which we chose to take.
I guess we had all been cooped up in the car a bit much because Byron and Rowena and I started jogging up the steps. For me, this didn't last long of course. I started walking again, and I guess I had tired myself out more than I thought, becasue I didn't pick my feet up far enough and managed to trip up one of the sets of stairs. That's right folks, second time on this vacation.
(I forgot to mention slamming my head into the low hanging stairwell at the cottage yesterday and again today in one of the cottages at Bunratty.)
Ever take one of those slow motion falls? I had enough time as I was falling to analyze the fact that I was holding my camera out in front of me, and that the camera had the precious wide angle lens that Jim had given me for christmas on it. My priorities clear, I somehow managed to twist around so that the camera was saved, and I landed on my right (a. k. a. the bad) shoulder. Something popped in there. For a few moments I lay there taking in the pain. Couldn't feel my fingers at first, and my shoulder was hurting like hell. It's very convenient travelling with a first responder, though. Byron came back and did a quick check on me. Grabbed my hand, asked me to squeeze and I was amazed to discover my fingers were not only still there, but worked! He sat me up and had me try to move my shoulder, and we discovered I suddenly had better range of motion than I have had for the last several months.
Through all of this, other hand was being held by what I assumed was my husband, but once I was no longer distracted I realized the hand-holder was a random older gentleman and that my husband was standing several feet away with Rowena, waiting for Byron to finish checking me out. This struck me as hilarious for some reason. Also, a nice lady nearby informed us her friend was a Dr and I should let her look at my shoulder, but by then the pain in my shoulder was fading quicky and we finished heading to the top plateau of the stairs.
You all have seen the cliffs in the movie, I'm sure, but I can't begin to put into words the beauty of the cliffs in person.
While we were in Bunratty, I had bought some stamps for some postcards for my niece and nephew and I found a postbox in the parking lot across the road from the Cliffs, so I was able to post those. yay!
Next we drove to the Burren. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Burren
We stopped at the Portal Tomb. You follow a path out to near the tomb and then have to hop from one rock to another to get up close.
After taking a few picture of the Polnabron
we hopped rocks around the area and up to alittle ridge line.
You could see between some of the stones far enough to tell there were little caverns under some of them.
In the center of one rock I fould what looked like a perfect scrying bowl, complete with snail shells and weeds.
A storm was moving in, so we made our way back to the van and headed home. On the way, we made a stop at a place called Thad's Steakhouse for dinner.
Addendum: The weather here is schizo! I think this is where the saying "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes" comes from. Rainy, sunny, rainy, sunny, rainy, ,alternating all day long!