Kickin' it in Killarney & at Cliffs of Insanity

Trip Start Aug 28, 2011
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Trip End Jun 30, 2012


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Flag of Ireland  , Munster,
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dear Reader,

"Never go against a Sicilian when death is on the line!"  -Vizzini

One of my favorite movies has to be, without a doubt, The Princess Bride.  I'm sure many of you will agree that it is, indeed, the perfect mix of humor, adventure, sword-fighting, romance, and men in rodent suits, and ever since I saw the movie, I always wanted to make the pilgrimage to the Cliffs of Insanity, more commonly known as the Cliffs of Moher.  That just happened to be one of the stops during the tour and you can bet your bottom dollar I was quoting the movie sporadically throughout the day.  

"Life is pain, Highness.  Anyone who says differently is selling something."  -Westley

On the way from Galway to the Cliffs, the landscape changed dramatically from lush green fields to sparse brown clumps of grass.  Along the way, we stopped at the Corcomroe Abbey.  For being about 1,000 years old, I was amazing at the craftsmanship.  The builder was very particular about the craftsmanship as well-he had all the workers who built the Abbey killed, out of fear they would build another abbey using the same techniques they employed at Corcomroe.  Boy, was he tough...

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."  -Inigo

Before we went to the Cliffs, we had a stop at the Burrens.  This region was underwater approximately 35 million years ago and the landscape is incredibly surreal, with dark stones smoothed and curved from years of erosion.  As I mentioned before, I'm not particularly comfortable with heights, but my experience at the Carrick a Rede bridge seems to have unleashed the thrill-seeker in me.  Carefully, I sat down and scooted to the edge for a better view of the waves crashing below.  My most daring moment was laying on the ground and scooting forward to look down the cliff.  Maybe I might be able to take on a roller coaster next?  Hmmm...maybe not...
 
"You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles."  -Miracle Max

 Finally, we arrived at our destination.  With the help of some fellow fans, I kept the quotations coming during my picnic lunch by the cliffs.  Straying from the path was highly discouraged, because of the risk of falling off into the rocky, watery grave below.  Considering I wanted to return home in one piece and not in a body bag, I stuck to the paved path.  The Cliffs were beautiful, but didn't inspire the same adrenaline rush as the Burrens.  Still, the scenery was fantastic and the shadows from the sun colored the cliffs with different shades of blue.  

"We are men of action, lies do not become us."  -Westley
 
After our dose of fresh air at the cliffs, we headed to Killarney and went to the Grand Hotel, featuring a band called The Clockworks.  The band played a lot of covers, and the lead singer even handed me the mike for a verse of "F--- You" by Cee Lo Green.  The singer had tons of energy and even did justice to "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele...while crowd surfing.  We danced into the morning and I went back to the bed and breakfast, sure to avoid the ROUS's, and excited to see what the next day had in store...

In keeping with today's theme, my salutation will be a little different...
 
"As you wish,"  
Whitney
 
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