Cliffs of Moher

Trip Start Mar 03, 2011
Trip End Jun 03, 2011

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Paddy's Palace

Flag of Ireland  , Munster,
Saturday, March 12, 2011

So Anascaul was another little village in the middle of nowhere, but it had absolutely beautiful scenery.  On our way from Galway to Anascaul, we stopped at the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.  Our group split in half at the Cliffs.  Not everyone on the bus was on the 10 Day All Ireland tour like we are.  So the kids just on the 6 DayNorthern Tour hopped onto another bus to go back to Dublin, and we ended up with several new folks just doing the 6 Day Southern Tour.  Oddly enough, our group has now been completely segregated since getting the new people.  I dunno what it is exactly, but neither side is really going to the effort to make friends and I think they may be annoyed with our partying.  lol.  Oh well.

The Burren is an interesting place... it's in the middle of nowhere (I use that phrase a lot...) on the coast just north of the Cliffs of Moher.  There's a ton of limestone that cracks with flowers and grasses growing up through it.  Back during the Great Famine, the government was handing out food, but it wasn't enough just to give the Irish free food... they decided the Irish, who were already starving, needed to work for it.  So they took them out to the Burren and made them create long useless, purposeless walls out of stone.  I don't have any of the walls in the pics I took (the bus didn't stop by them), but my pics from my last trip from Ireland have some of the walls (they're on FB).

We stopped for lunch at a pub where I learned that trout and salmon are essentially the same thing.  How I grew up all these years not knowing that... I don't know... Chris didn't know either so that makes me feel a little better!  Anyway, I had trout and Chris had ham, with veggies and potatoes.  So yummy.  The west coast of Ireland is known for their tasty fish.

Next major stop was the Cliffs of Moher.  I saw these the last time I was in Ireland.  They're these huge immense cliffs on the west coast, and they're are just amazing... They're just so crazy big and pretty.  Unfortunately, there's a giant wall blocking a really good view of them.  Fortunately, a quick walk south and a little trespassing, and ten minutes later you get the view of the cliffs sans wall.  It's a bit dangerous, but if it's not windy and you're not doing anything stupid like those famous "look at me- i'm falling off a cliff!" poses, than it's perfectly fine.  The Cliffs used to be owned by this one guy who owned all the land in the area, but eventually he sold them to the government with the stipulations that they be a tourist attraction and FREE to the public.  So... the cliffs are free... but they charge you up the ass for everything else.  They'll charge you per person in each vehicle to use their parking lot.  lol.  Sneaky bastards.

That night we ended up in Anascaul.  I was finally feeling much better from whatever sickness I'd been having, so that was my first night of actual drinking with the rest of the group.  We also cooked dinner with our roomies and it was all good fun.  I was falling asleep in the pub at 11pm, so I went to bed soon after. 
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