That’s Just Blarney (16 Aug 2016)

Ryan kissed the Blarney Stone and will now be instilled with the gift of gab and great eloquence. Let’s see how that works out for him. The Blarney Stone itself was probably the least exciting part of the Blarney Castle, a tower house outside Cork built in the 1400s. There were multiple dungeons and caves to crawl through, which of course I had to, mostly with kids visiting the site while their parents waited outside. Ryan decided to pass up the dungeons, even though they were a ton bigger than the Cu Chi tunnels he crawled through in Vietnam.

Sign at the entrance to Blarney Castle.  First time we have seen this

Sign at the entrance to Blarney Castle. First time we have seen this

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Into the dungeon

Into the dungeon

Woven window panes, part of some exhibition going on earlier in the month

Woven window panes, part of some exhibition going on earlier in the month

Up the windy stairs to the top.  Could you imagine going down this in the middle of the night to get a glass of water?

Up the windy stairs to the top. Could you imagine going down this in the middle of the night to get a glass of water?

Made it to the top!

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Ryan kissing the Blarney Stone

Ryan kissing the Blarney Stone

The castle was on a beautiful estate, with multiple gardens to wander around.

Poison Garden, a la Harry Potter

Poison Garden, a la Harry Potter

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Do you think this would last out in a garden in the U.S.?

Do you think this would last out in a garden in the U.S.?

Fern Garden and Waterfall

Fern Garden and Waterfall

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Witches Stone

Witches Stone

Ryan liked that you could get Irish Coffee with whiskey at the snack bar

Ryan liked that you could get Irish Coffee with whiskey at the snack bar

We then headed back into Cork for a late lunch and wander around the English Market. This was a must see for me, cause I’m like a kid in a candy store in food markets. This one was primarily fresh meat, fish, and cheeses for locals and local restaurants to purchase. Not as many samples as I would have hoped for.

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It's Bacon!

It’s Bacon!

Ryan’s cold was starting to kick in, so we spent the rest of the afternoon in the hotel. He napped, while I watched Ireland win their second medal of the Olympics, a silver in women’s sailing to Annalise Murphy.

Does that have the same meaning in Ireland?  We assume so.

Does that have the same meaning in Ireland? We assume so.

Big boat by our hotel

Big boat by our hotel

Apparently a 'standard' hotel room in Ireland; one full bed and one single bed.  I offered to take the single, but Ryan gave me the full.

Apparently a ‘standard’ hotel room in Ireland; one full bed and one single bed. I offered to take the single, but Ryan gave me the full.

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