I flew from Germany to Ireland on Ryanair with a friend in 2012. They laughed at us when we arrived at passport control. “Why have you come to Ireland?” “To see some cliffs and some castles.” “Oh, we have lots of those.”
We used Cork as our home base, which is a cool little city.
We really had no concrete plans, but we decided to drive part of the Ring of Kerry the next day. We found some awesome vegan food along the way (this amazing store + restaurant is now closed, but they had the best cake I’ve ever had) and stopped in the small town of Killarney.
Also, if you can tell me what this compartment in the passenger seat floor is for, I’ll be impressed. I have no idea!
Irish radio stations are terrible and talk too much, so we picked up some music along the way and had dinner at this ‘pay as you please’ restaurant. Pay however much you think it’s worth. It was awesome and delicious.
The next morning, we drove out to the famous Blarney Castle.
I paid the extra fee to kiss the Blarney Stone. Did you know you have to lay upside-down to get into some Extreme Yoga position to kiss it? Awkward.
Back in Cork, we walked around to see the cool artwork and street signs.
They also had some very refreshing beverages.
The next day, we had some time to kill before driving back to the airport, so we went bowling at the LeisurePlex.
I really liked Ireland. The people were super friendly. My typical ‘common sense’ approach to being a foreigner is to not pull out a map and make it obvious. We ducked into an alleyway to check a map at one point, and this car backed up on the main road, parked, and the driver got out to help us with directions.
Thanks for a great 4 days, Ireland!This entry was posted in abandoned, Cork, Europe, Ireland