Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
It’s one of my favorite days of the year. I will be sure to make a toast to all of you with a pint or two of Guinness. Mr. TWS says that the best Guinness is that which is poured in Ireland, but a pint in a good Irish pub here in the U.S. will have to do for now.
These photos were taken at Blarney Castle. It was the third day of a wonderful ten day driving trip through Ireland. It is such a beautiful country and the people really are warm, friendly, and fun to be around — it’s not just a myth.
Although Blarney Castle is a major tourist attraction, it wasn’t very busy since we were there off-season in the morning. The grounds and the surrounding area are quite beautiful — any time of year, I’m sure.
In the photo below you’ll see how I got nicknamed “Blarney Lips” by my husband and the friend we were traveling with. I kissed the Blarney Stone; they did not. I had faith that the sanitizer applied to the stone between each kiss would be sufficient protection. Before my Blarney Stone experience, I didn’t realize that you kiss the stone by leaning backwards over the edge of the roof assisted by a guide. It’s a rather strange feeling, but I was very secure with my trusted guide holding on to me. I’m very glad that I kissed the stone, but I’m still waiting for the gift of eloquence to kick in.
Without further ado — here’s to your health!