Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Cork and the ring of Kerry 

Hold on to your hats, friends (and internet stalkers) because this post is going to be a long one! After a good night's rest, we went around Cork. I have been there once before, but it was 12 years ago, so it all seemed new. We went to a market, visited the Butter museum and I rang the bells at the Shandon Tower to the tunes of Waltzing Maltilda, Amazing Grace and Don't cry for me Argentina for all to hear.  I tried to upload a video of it, but for some reason it isn't working. It was super fun. Then I headed up to the top of the tower for views of the city.

Shandon Tower bell ringing ropes. Music sheets were on the left there and told you what number rope to pull and in what order.

After this we went to Dave and Lisa's civil ceremony and then to dinner at Kinsale to celebrate. Steve will post about that later. Only so much I can write about in this post.

Day #2- the bus tour begins. Dave and Lisa hired a tour bus for all 26 of their non-irish wedding guests. This was pretty awesome, but it required no planning on our part and they had clearly given it a ton of thought so that their guests would have a great time and see the most beautiful parts of Ireland.

Moll's Gap. Still pretty unclear what Moll's Gap actually was, but it was a nice chance to get out of the bus and stretch our legs. Also the scenery was pleasant.

Toured the gardens of the Muckross House. Lovely day for a walk.

Day 3 involved sights around the Skellig Ring, near our home base, Waterville. We headed over to the Ballycarbey castle, which was pretty cool. No entrance fee, we could just climb all over this thing. 

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As we drove off from the castle, the driver, despite his best efforts, could not get around a bend because some guy had parked his van on the very end of a turn. The guy clearly wasn't thinking. So the bus gang got out and moved the van about 2 feet, but it didn't help to get us out of there. 45 minutes later the van driver, who appeared to be some sort of seafood catcher, rolls up moves the van. Thank goodness for that or we would have been stuck all day.

Next stop Carhergal fort. From the 8th century, this is probably my favorite ruin of the whole trip. It was so much fun to climb up to the top and the views to the water were awesome. Also just like the shape of it.

Day 4= wedding day. Steve and I rented some rickety amsterdam-esque bikes and explored Waterville a bit. It was a lovely way to spend the morning and the weather cooperated.

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