|Bus to Blarney|
We stayed at the Avondale Bed & Breakfast in Cork. The owners were so nice and it was within walking distance to most places in Cork. After we left our luggage, we headed to Blarney on the bus to see the castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Surprise, surprise - it was a rainy day but we didn't let that stop us. Sometimes I am a slow learner. We got to the castle and walked all the way to the top on steep, winding stairs before I figured out the famous Blarney Stone was at the top of the castle! Somehow I thought it was a big rock in a field.
|I still didn't get it - even after seeing this sign:)|
When I rounded the last corner, Jeff was on his back kissing the stone. Nope - no way was I hanging my head over the side of the castle to kiss the stone. I just blew it a kiss and called it "good". This is definitely a tourist attraction. There were two burly guys up there making sure you didn't fall and charging $10 euros for a picture. Funny how they positioned themselves so you couldn't take a picture. Sarah said I did the right thing not kissing the stone and getting everyone's germs. Also, legend has it that the Irish go pee on it at night. I was satisfied with my decision.
|Blowing the Blarney Stone kiss would have to do!!!|
|Favorite Bartender of the day-Jeff tipped him|
pretty well for his generous pouring of Jameson's
|Diana enjoying some Bailey's Irish Cream|
When we started our trip, we had a list of Irish drinks we wanted to try. The usual beer, Jameson's Irish Whiskey, a hot toddy, Irish coffee and Bailey's Irish Cream were all on our list. Research purposes only, of course!