Day 28 - Blarney to Doolin

Trip Start Jul 27, 2008
Trip End Sep 11, 2008

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Flag of Ireland  , County Clare,
Sunday, August 24, 2008

What a shame we must leave this B&B.  It is so lovely; I slept ok, but not great although it is so peaceful here.  When we woke up it was blue skies and now after a wonderful home cooked breakfast it is raining yet again.  How can we kiss the Blarney Stone in this?
It can't decide if it wants to rain or shine.  I am sitting here at Blarney Castle having an espresso after attempting to kiss the Blarney Stone.  I have to say attempt because that is exactly what it was, an attempt, not a success.  I pretty much completely lost it.  I struggled walking up these narrowing spiral stairs, and at the top of castle is the stone.  When you kiss the stone you are actually lowered backwards and if you have your eyes open you are looking straight down at the ground.
There is this lovely little Irish man there to guide you and hold you so you don't fall.  Libbee went first, and did a great job of pashing the stone whilst being held and tickled by the Irish man, and boy is she ticklish.  Now it came to me...  By this stage I think I had worked myself into a slight panic attack and as the lovely Irish man tried to help me go upside down I freaked out big time.  By this stage there are about 25 people queuing up behind us.  He helped me back up, helped to get my breathing sorted and calms me down before he even let me stand up.  So nice of him.  All I really wanted to do was get out of there and back down on solid ground.  Once we got down we went for a lovely leisurely stroll through the gardens.  Where Libbee walked backwards up and down the wishing steps with her eyes closed saying a wish, as legend requires of one to do.  She is now having a well earned ice-cream, as I finish my coffee and this portion of my blog, before we head of to the Cliffs of Moher.
Well we made it to the B&B that we are staying in tonight, The Craggy Island B&B and it is adorable, it is atop a mountain, and on a clear day, you would be able to see the ocean.
So after we left Blarney, we headed toward Limerick where we were going to stop for lunch, but when we got there nothing was open so we headed on out of there up the highway a little to this cute little castle where we stopped and ate.
Then we drove towards Galway, to the Cliffs of Moher, which totally lived up to expectations for me, they were unbelievably marvelous.  Such a wonderful site to see, yet another postcard moment for Tracey.
After leaving the Cliffs we headed to a little town / village called Doolin where our B&B is located.  Where we checked in before getting directions to the best place for dinner.  Our host suggested we go to Gus O'Connor's Pub on the other side of Doolin because they have music until 8pm, which is exactly where we went. 
What a quaint little Irish pub, very typical I think.  So similar to the Pub from P.S. I Love You.  (I wonder where that was filmed).  It was full of locals and had a small group playing traditional Irish folk music.  We ate, had a drink, chatted to some people before heading back to our room in the B&B ready for some sleep, and it is only 9pm.  The days are so draining, exciting yet tiring.  We have driven 50kms in the last day and half and half another 300kms or so to do tomorrow to get to Dublin and fly back to London.  Where I will be for 5 days.  What will I do with myself being in one place for so long?
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