St. Patrick’s Day is on Monday which I thought was a good reason to dig up some pictures from my trip to Ireland. One of my favorite day trips I took in Ireland was to Blarney Castle, which is very easy to get to via public bus from Cork.
This castle itself isn’t much to look at – makes me happy I didn’t live in medieval times if this is what royalty was getting – but the reason to make a stop here is to kiss the Blarney Stone. As legend says, once you kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” you’ll never again be lost for words. I think it worked because people often tell me that I never shut up.
Kissing the Blarney Stone is actually a little bit of a terrifying experience. You have to hold onto some bars, literally stick your head down backwards out of a hole like you’re going to fall off, and kiss the bottom of this rock. Someone who works there will hold you and make sure you don’t fall to your death.
While the castle itself might not blow your mind, the gardens around it will. I felt like I’d stepped into a real live fairy tale. I used to be obsessed with fairy tales when I was young and truly believed that these mythical creatures existed. Going to Ireland and seeing the Blarney Castle gardens only convinced me further that little fairies and nymphs are running around out there.
Now to get a bit off topic, there was one thing that stood out to me in Ireland that I will never forget: this sandwich.
It might seem strange that a sandwich was my favorite part of Ireland but it was. I think about it on a daily basis. If you ever go to Cork you absolutely MUST go to The Wholly Grain and eat one of these incredible, thick bread creations. The Wholly Grain actually has a location in Boston and when I found it I almost screamed with excitement – but unfortunately they don’t have these sandwiches.
I’ve vowed that one day I’ll return to Cork and eat this sandwich again. Anyways, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
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