Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Gift of Blarney

And now... on to County Cork, home of ...


That's it, one of the most famous landmarks in Ireland, the Blarney Castle!  (Of course it has quite a history!)

I admit, I wasn't so keen to go to this site, thinking I had read all about it and there would be more interesting sites to see.   WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

There were quaint cafes (which I didn't stop in, but enjoyed from outside)...


The best gift shops we saw the entire time in Europe...







Irish musicians,...



Beautiful grounds with creeks and streams...





The most amazing gardens and trails...





(I think I'll have to do a separate post of the flowers at Blarney!   They were so gorgeous, I took too many to include here!)

And finally, yes, the Blarney Castle itself,... which was MUCH more imposing and impressive than I had ever imagined!


(One of us kissed the Blarney Stone, but it wasn't me!)  


Every step taken leads to another scenic view! 



(Maybe I'll show you some of the fabulous nooks and crannies with the garden photos next time!) 




We all agreed.  There couldn't have been a better way to spend the day!    So glad we went!

Go raibh maith agaibh!  (Thank you!)  Sláinte mhaith! (Good health) 

~Sharyl

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All photos by Sharyl, c. 2014.  

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5 comments:

Kathy Lindemer said...

I love seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing!

Sharyl said...

Thank you so much, Kathy! I'm glad you are enjoying them! :-)

Natalie -- NKP Designs said...

That was a wonderful tour and it makes me want to go myself and explore and eat and walk and shop. What a wonderful time you had!

ShadowDogDesigns said...

This gets my Irish blood going (: Have been to Ireland but never to Blarney castle. One of these days . . . Thanks for sharing, Sharyl!

Sharyl said...

Thank you, Natalie and Catherine! I so appreciate your comments! I hope everyone who wants to go, gets to go!