This morning we drove to the well renowned Blarney Castle, about an hour or so drive from here. Blarney is unique as a fortress dating back to the 15th century. It has witnessed the triumphs and the tumult of Irish chiefs, with knights in suits of armour on their prancing horses. There were more sombre times as well, when enemy armies, both Irish and English, besieged the Castle
. By the year 17oo Blarney Castle's great days as an Irish fortress had gone forever. By 1800 the first visitors were coming to this ancient place to do one of the nicest things that people do at any time and any place, to bestow a kiss. therfor the legend if Kissing the Blarney Stone was born, with all its association of romance, supersrition and fun. This legend is still going on today and yes I did participate as well. Rick declined. It is not easy to actually kiss this stone, you have to lie on your back, hold on to the rails and lower your head way down to reach the stone. Someone is there to hold you ,so you won't fall. Great fun and as sson as I kissed that stone ( cannot be very hygienic ) I felt a surge of romance flow through me. If you believe that you will believe anything. To get up to the stone, which is situated at the very top, you have to climb a very narrow and steep circular stairway, the area gets narrower as you go higher and you have to walk through some very low doorways as well. All part of the fun.Lots of other people there as well so the climb to the top was very slow. After all that stuff we went down again via an other stairwell, looked arounf the gardens a bit and departed the Blarney Castle. Walked around the township for a while, very touristy of course but good for the economy. went for a little drive around the area, found a nice little pub and had a drink and some hot chips. Watched the replay of the hockey at the Olympics on their telly, wow we won 7-0.
Also started talking to a few people in the pub , nice to have a chat. The Irish are friendly and do not hesitate to have a chat with you. Home after that.
Had a good day today and although it was raining this morning , at this present time it is sunny. We will treasure this. Looking at some crystal tomorrow in Waterford.
Did you know that the well known song " It's a long way to Tipperary " was written in 1912 and heard all over the world.It was favoured as a marching song for Irish regiments in the First World War. Well we arrived in Tipperary yesterday. The town itself is really nothing special but the county of Tipperary is very beautiful. It is an escape and an experience all at once. Where we are at the moment the views are just splendid, high rolling hills with villages and farms dotted around. It is a very popular area for walkers with heaps of walking trails. Beautiful and green as well although,that is because it has rained so much this summer.Still a pleasure to be here.