Thursday, August 16, 2007

Killarney, Blarney and Waterford

July 7, 2007

Okay....I was a bad girl today. I spent Steve's money. Yes, the Waterford Crystal was just too tempting. But, I really have a lovely pedestal bowl. Steve actually was more impressed with the one-of-a-kind trophies that were made for sports. He is holding the formula one racing trophy (under supervision).

We then headed to Blarney for an afternoon of castle touring and shopping. The Blarney castle was quite humorous. The Irish are full of crazy stories – full of baloney! I think it is the Guinness beer that they drink here, they are so “blasted” that they can’t tell the difference between truth and their stories. There is a difference between blarney and baloney however. Baloney is a story that no one can believe because it is so flowery and over schmaltzy. Blarney is a story that you could believe – not stretched too much, just enough to question if it is truth or not. Thus, Ireland has gnomes, trolls, fairies, leprechauns, and….the Blarney stone - which Steve did try to kiss!

When we arrived in Killarney we boarded a horse drawn “jaunting cart”. The Irish driver was filled with blarney – none of it true, and yet his blarney stories were quite humorous and a little crass – funny though. We boarded this cart with 6 other people and took a “jaunting ride” through the 28,000 acre National Killarney Park to the Ross Castle. It was a delightful ride, with lots of picture taking opportunities.

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