15.08.2009 17 °C
We woke up early in Cobh this morning, we had a long drive and day ahead of us and wanted to make sure to get a relatively early start. We finished breakfast by 9:15 and were on the road.
As I said yesterday, today was a lot of driving. We pushed north and then briefly west from Cobh to go to Blarney, a fun medieval castle with a stone that you are supposed to kiss in order to be eloquent. Climbing the castle, however, required ascending a narrow spiral staircase. I had to face down a bit of claustrophobia to make it up, but we beat the crowd and it wasn’t so bad. After that we walked the grounds around Blarney and visited places such as “the wishing stairs,” “the witches kitchen,” and “the fairy grove.” It was all quite cute.
After that we drove north and east towards Dublin. We stopped at the Rock of Cashell, another medieval settlement that was the seat of ecclesiastic power in Ireland for centuries. It was quite picturesque. The sun also began to show through at this point was a marked change from most of our trip. After a guided tour we pressed on towards Dublin.
The drive was unremarkable though beautiful. Raquel spent most of the time calling places to potentially stay while I listened to a soccer match. We arrived in Dublin and were immediately grateful to be back in a major city. It took us some time, however, to find our place through the maze of blocked off streets, pedestrian paths, and one way roads. Eventually, we made it.
After checking in we walked around the city – it really is gorgeous. It is also full of eccentric people. One particularly funny street entertainer would stand on a bin and not move until an unsuspecting victim walked by, then he’d slam his foot on the bin and lurch at the person who, invariably, jumped. It was quite funny. After dinner we bought a few drinks and sat down on a step and watched people walk by. Saturday nights in Dublin are a bit wild. We saw three guys walk by that we’re pretty much fighting with each other. We saw numerous bachelorette parties and some dudes dressed in drag. All in all it was quite entertaining.