16.07.2015 - 16.07.2015
So today was a pretty laid back day, we didnt have much planned and it that was a god thing. The first thing on the agenda was the famous Blarney Castle. This is the home of the famous Blarney Stone that you kiss and it brings you luck or some nonsense like that. I will say that the castle, the gardens and the grounds are well worth a visit. There is a lake and some lovely walks all on the property and that alone may be worth the price of admission. The castle however, is terrifying. It is high and of course the friggen Blarney Stone is at the top of this thing. The stairwell is the stone spiral thing that goes up the castle and it is tight, especially for a larger dude such as myself. As well, when you get to the top you kiss the stone so you only move as fast as it takes someone to lie down, reach backwards over the castle edge and kiss the stone. It probably takes a minute per person, so you move one step up the castle per minutes. As you stand in these claustrophobic tombs of stone stairwells you start to ponder that this castle was built in the 1400's. It is carved out of stone from the mountain it is on, and rock breaks over time. You also start to wonder how good 15th century engineers really are as you stand hundreds of feet in the air in a stone stairwell from which at multiple times has major gaping open views to the ground below. However, fun was had by both of us. We were terrified the whole time in that place and were glad to be back down on the ground after but very much worth seeing. Here is Syd kissing the stone.
There was also a cave we went into under the castle. Really? A cave under the castle. I believe this is a really bad idea and part of the thoughts crossing my mind as I was in the crypt like stairwell. Of course the castle would sink into the cave, it is inevitable. I went into the cave, I didnt like it as I knew the castle would fall on my head as I did but I went anyways. Miraculously we survived. Here is proof of the cave.
After that was the cork Gaol (or Jail as we would call it). It was right behind our hotel and is apparently one of the most haunted places in the city. The conditions were brutal in this place and it is amazing what little you had to do to get yourself thrown in here. During the Potato famine however, people would purposely break the law in order to get a regular meal. Very Sad. Here are some pics of this very well restored and quite fun tour of the jail.
This last one is what I want to do with Sydney to make sure she stays out of trouble and away from the bad boys Talk again soon.