Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
Trip End May 28, 2011

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Flag of Ireland  , County Cork,
Sunday, January 23, 2011

On Sunday, we ventured to Blarney. I was surprised to see that there was a whole park area that surrounded the Blarney Castle.  There was a lot more to it than just the stone.

We started off underneath the Blarney Castle.  There were small caves that were really cool to walk/crawl through.  There were 8 people that I went with and we all branched off at this point because a lot of them didn't want to do the caves.  Typically I was taking a lot of pictures and left the caves last.  Everyone was waiting for me around the corner but I didn't see them so I decided to climb up the Blarney Castle alone thinking they were up there.  After getting to the top and asking the old Irish man if he had seen them I realized they hadn't gone up yet.  I figured I would kiss the stone because I was already up there.  It was much scarier than I thought!  I assumed you leaned back and kissed the stone but you actually drop down the side of the castle a little so you can actually reach it.

When I made it down I found everyone outside and headed right back up to do it with them.  I heard it was bad luck to kiss it twice so I just took pictures for everyone ;). 

After the castle we walked to the rock close which had the wishing steps.  If you walk up and down backwards a wish will supposedly come true.  As silly as it sounds, of course we all did it.

After a cold day of walking around Blarney we all went to a nice pub in the center of the town for some food.
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Karen on

did you sterilize your mouth after you kissed the stone????

mcuddy on

Nope! :) There is a dark stain over the center of the stone from all the people kissing it ;)

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