Friday, July 7, 2017

Dublin to Cork - July 3

Dublin to Cork was all about narrow roads, learning to drive on those roads and castles. Lots of castles, 5 in total.

This is a typical 2 lane road:


Rock of Dunamase:


The castle ruin was in a beautiful spot. It overlooked the country and we could see for miles.




Leaving the castle was this road back to the main highway.  About 10kms of this supposed 2 way traffic, a bit scary at times:


Kilkenny Castle. A beautiful, fully restored castle in the middle of Kilkenny.










The town on Kilkenny:




Rock of Cashel:



An old church in the middle of Cork county:





A smaller Abbey on the church grounds:



Blackrock Casle:


The hydrangeas in Ireland were amazing! Everywhere and vibrant colors:


Blarney Castle:



Waiting to kiss the Blarney Stone:


Jakob and Michael both kissed the Blarney Stone, I did not:










Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Dublin - July 1-3

We all loved Dublin! It was so fun and easy to get around, we easily walked everywhere.

All the pubs have colorful exteriors and hanging baskets of flowers:


Lots of shopping streets:


Trinity College.
 A huge campus with the biggest library I've ever seen! Trinity College has an original copy of part of the Bible (the four gospels), called the Book of Kells. It was written in Latin in 800 AD. Of course, we weren't allowed to take pictures of it, but it was very interesting to see.


The library! It was amazing.




Dublin Castle:



Courtyard of Dublin Castle:


Christ Church Cathedral:






The streets in Dublin were so colorful and very interesting to explore:




The Guinness Storehouse:


We did a tour of the Guinness brewery and storehouse. It was an impressive building with a very interesting tour.



We even got to pour our own glass of Guinness:



We picked up our "wrong side of the road" car and we're off to see the Irish countryside.