Saturday, 28 March 2015

I'm finally going to try and catch up my blog from spring break. I'll be going through the two weeks in a few posts for every couple of days.

Saturday after break started (7 March), Krystal and I took the Gravedigger Ghost tour of Dublin. The windows were blacked out with curtains and unfortunately, our guide had a particularly bad case of the Plague, which struck midieval Ireland in 1348. Yep, we were taken back in time to the period of the Black Death

Our tour guide, Shane
 Our first stop was St. Audeon's Church, at the center of the midieval city that is now Dublin. Here, our guide told us ghost stories of the phantom demon pig known as 'the Dolocher.'
St. Audeon's
 Our next stop was Kilmainham Gaol, where many leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 were imprisoned and executed.We heard of some ghosts that have surfaced throughout the restoration of the jail. Just across from the jail was a cemetery on the property formerly known as Bully's Acre, where our guide told us haunting stories about the grave robbers and body snatchers which were common in midieval times.

Entrance to Kilmainham Gaol

Our last stop was Glasnevin Cemetery and the Gravedigger's Pub. The Gravedigger's Pub is claimed to have 'the best pint of Guinness in all of Ireland,' which then goes without saying that it is the best in the world, because there is no better country for a pint of Guinness, of course. It seemed I had no choice, I simply had to have a pint while I was there.

Entrance to Glasnevin Cemetery

Our complimentary 'Ghoulish Brew' at the Gravedigger's Pub

The guides, Krystal and myself after the tour


8 March 2015

After a late night with Krystal, we were up bright and early for a day trip to Ireland's west coast with Gerry. It is about a three hour drive from Dublin to a national park area known as the Burren. It was the absolute perfect day for all the outdoor activity we had in mind.

Below are just a few scenic pictures from the drive.


We had a late breakfast at a hotel/restaurant called Logue's Lodge in Ballyvaughan.


The next couple pictures are just from the road as we were going through the Burren.


This part of the coast is known as Black Head. The ground is covered in limestone that errodes and forms grooves in the ground.

Myself and Krystal
Krystal and Gerry


Krystal and myself



We stopped next at a popular surf spot located at Fanore Beach. Ireland does have sand in some areas, and I even collected a few seashells.


Krystal and Gerry

Seawead on the rocks from when the tide comes in

We breached the town of Doolin as we drove, and Doonagore Castle is visible from Doolin Pier.


Looking east from near Doonagore Castle


From Doolin Pier, the Cliffs of Moher are visible in the distance

From Doolin Pier

Toward 3:00 in the afternoon, we made it to the Cliffs of Moher.  At their highest point, the cliffs are 214 meters (702 feet) above sea level.

Gift shops built into the side of the hill near the cliffs

First, absolutely breathtaking, view of the cliffs
O'Brien's Tower at the cliffs

Looking north of the cliffs from the base of O'Brien's Tower

Krystal and myself

And we worked our way along the cliff path away from the tower...

The cave in this picture was the subject of the only scene filmed outside of the U.K. in the movie Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

O'Brien's Tower in the distance

O'Brien's Tower getting smaller in the distance...

Small cave

The only safe way to feel safe looking down


I couldn't bring myself to look down with my feet hanging over the edge

The way that sunlight hit...

The perfect place to watch the sunset...or take a nap

The farthest we got, and yet there were at least four cliffs left to the end


Watching the sun set at the Cliffs of Moher was the sight I'd been craving since my arrival. It was absolutely gorgeous and it made me sad to leave, thinking it might be the one time in my life that I get to see them.

Our last stop of the evening was at another famous surf spot known as the Hinch. We stopped for dinner at a restaurant by the shore called Randaddy's.


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