Nathan kissing the Blarney Stone.
Beauty day at Blarney Castle.
Mario and Luigi on the way to the park.
Isaac kissing the Blarney Stone.
Riann kissing the Blarney Stone
At the top of Blarney Castle.
Papa and Jo made a quick exit down.
Isaac and Nathan at the top of Blarney.
Proof that Jo and Papa were at the top of the castle.
Isaac the instigator.
Throwing rocks and skipping stones.
Cannons and history at Elizabeth Fort.
We learned all about pillories and being publicly humiliated as punishment. Unfortunately, no one had any tomatoes to throw.
Playing ball in Dublin.
Josiah playing some lacrosse in Dublin.
The boys LOVE parks, and had a lot of fun at this one, about 5 minutes away from our apartment in Dublin.
The home of Alex Guinnes…
Playing at another park outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.
In the courtyard of Dublin Castle.
Temple Bar area in Dublin.
Good morning….it’s an early one today. We are currently on a StenaLine Ferry, cruising across the Irish Sea from Belfast to Cairnryan, and then on to Glasgow. We spent the last week in Ireland, and it was fantastic! The apartment we had in Dublin was in a very central location, and we decided to just walk around for the day that we were there. It started out as a rainy cool day, but by the afternoon it was sunny and warm. The tour highlights included: Ha’Penny Bridge, Temple Bar area, Dublin Castle, St. Patrick’s Cathedral (where the boys were more interested in playing at the park than looking at the architecture), and Guiness Storehouse and area. Another day with lots of walking, but it was a short one (3 hours wandering), and we all really enjoyed going back and relaxing in the apartment, having a kitchen to cook in, and lots of space to spread out in. Dublin was a lot of fun, and we would have loved to stay, but it was on to Cork after spending two great nights in Dublin. We took a beautiful train ride through mostly country down to Cork, where we stayed in the dorms at the Unitversity of Cork. We had a three bedroom dorm, with kitchen and living room, and a nice green square right behind us, and a HUGE park across the street. It was a bit of a walk from town, but amazing location for the boys, as they spent every day over at the park running around and playing with other kids. We spent quite a bit of time at Fitzgerald Park, which are the old Exhibition Grounds for the city. We did a bit of a walk around town, checked out St Finnbarre’s Cathedral, Elizabeth Fort, the UCC campus, and my parents toured the Cork Gaol (jail). We spent Saturday morning at Blarney Castle, where Nate, Isaac and I kissed the Blarney Stone, but it was a little too high for everyone else in our group. I must admit, it was definitely not my happy place at the top of that castle! Lol…really narrow walkways at the top, and not very high walls around you. But we did it, and it was fun, but I think the grounds around the castle were my favourite part. So green and lush. Lots of ferns, vines, ivy, etc. The boys liked the caves under the castle, and the Blarney river. I think they would have gone in if we weren’t there telling them no 😉 Again, wish we could have stayed longer here….especially when on the last night, Jo and Isaac made some friends with kids who had just arrived at the University. At 10:30 I told them they had to come in, and the kids were still talking to Jo and swapping jokes with him through the window into our living room. Sooo fun! Anyways, next post will be a quick one about Belfast. Hope you are all doing well! Until next time..