Ireland Road Trip

If you didn’t get to read the first entry from my Peace Corps Close of Service trip here in Ireland, make sure to check it out! It includes photos from Dublin, Wicklow National Park, and Kilkenny.

From there, Brita and I drove to the ruins of the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey. It was founded in the second half of the 12th century and is found near Thomastown, County Kilkenny. Then, we drove the curvy country roads to Cork city. There we enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Old English Market.

After lunch, we meandered to Blarney Castle, where we climbed to the top in order to kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence. Kissing the Blarney Stone is an experience in itself. One practically hangs upside down from the top of the castle, with your head hanging over the edge in order to kiss the edge! I wish I had a photo, but it was amazing enough without paying an extra 10 Euros for the photo. Afterward, we strolled the beautiful grounds, taking in all the picturesque views.

After heading on to Killarney and staying the night in our hostel, we took a day trip on the Ring of Kerry. The last few photos show some of the views from the Ring of Kerry. It was a long drive and fairly rough on a bus, but no doubt less stressful than driving those tiny roads!

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