There once was a town called Limerick...

Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
Trip End Aug 02, 2010

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Maldron Hotel Limerick
Read my review - 5/5 stars

Flag of Ireland  , County Limerick,
Thursday, July 8, 2010

We had a much earlier start than yesterday, mainly due to the huge catch-up on sleep we had. Another thing I love about Ireland is that they serve McDonalds! What more could you ask for in a country? I vowed to avoid eating at the Golden Arches restaurant on our holiday, but I'll make an exception here.

Our first port of call was to Athenry castle which unfortunately wasn't open yet, so we took our photos of the outside and moved on. I still can't get used to this Irish habit of starting the day late.

There was a lot of driving in the country today which suited us fine, as the Irish landscape is so beautiful. All this rain has produced some amazing country scenery, dotted with charming towns and winding roads. But I still can't figure out why they would make the speed limit 100km/h on a country road - you can barely drive in a straight line much less reach those speeds!

We went to Aillwee Caves where the Irish bears used to hibernate. The guide who took us around the caves had one of those Irish accents you could listen to for hours. Then onto the famous Cliffs of Moher. These are on the west coast and are really spectacular. We took plenty of photos here. The funny thing is that you drive in the middle of nowhere to reach these sights thinking you must be going the wrong way, until a throng of tourist buses suddenly appear.

For lunch we stopped at Ennis, which is one place I am looking forward to re-visiting some day. A really beautiful, quaint little Irish town. It seemed the perfect location to have a pub lunch and Guinness. It was a good call.

Bunratty Castle was the next stop but the rain (and 15 euro entry fee) deterred us from exploring it further. So onwards to Limerick. We had to stop and ask directions twice to find our hotel (even the GPS was confused) but we eventually did. It has a gym, pool, restaurant and an ALDI!

Despite the inclement weather, we decided to check out the town. It really is a favourite. We crossed over to King's Island and saw the Treaty Stone, King John's Castle and the Bishop's Palace. All really beautiful buildings.

After the fun we had in Dublin, we thought we'd check out Limerick's local venue Riddlers for a drink. Little did we know that we'd double the clientele when we walked in. Hmmm...everyone must have been out doing Thursday night shopping.

Heading to Cork tomorrow after a long drive!
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Wayne Daly on

Well, there once was a man named... That's about all the limerick I'm able to muster, but I'm pleased to see you've thrown yourselves right into the Emerald Isle . Limerically! Glad all's well, save for that wretched cold and sore feet. Have a cork of a time with the remainder of your days there. Hugs!

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