Sunday, August 22, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
The driving in Ireland was difficult for us. We were dropped off in the heart of Dublin with a car to drive on the wrong side of the road, with a driver sitting on the wrong side of the car, and driving a standard transmission. Poor J. It took both of us to drive while in Ireland. One to do the actual driving, and one to say, "YOU'RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!! THIS IS A ONE WAY STREET!! AAAHHHHHHH!" Guess which one of us did what...
Views from the car. It was lovely!
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
After a much needed rest at our wonderful hotel, we hit the road again, this time to Castle Cahir. This was our favorite castle we visited because we were able to scramble all over the castle. No guard rails (well, just one), no off limits areas. The whole castle was available to us to run around on, ramparts and everything. It was so cool!
|View from the upper walkway. Look ma! No guardrails!|
|The town of Cahir|
|One of the rivers that used to surround the island|
|The second of two rivers that used to make the castle an island.|
Hope you enjoyed the history lesson or skipped right over it. More to come!!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Like many of the ruins in Ireland, this one was in a field where sheep and cows were grazing. We literally had to walk by cows and over cow patties to get to the abbey. Amazing. No one wanted this pretty little ruin.
These are photos from the abbey looking up toward Castle Cashel. It really was a steep climb! The views from Castle Cashel down were great, but the views from the town looking up toward the castle were also phenomenal. The path we took down from the castle to the abbey was called the Death Walk. It is the path people have been taking for centuries to carry their loved ones up to the castle for burial.