Today our merry band of quilters (and others) had a wonderful journey from Dublin to Killarney with a couple of fabulous stops along the way. Oh, the sights we’re seeing along the roads of Ireland! This castle is being restored, hence the scaffolding. The views are just stunning. We’re watching clouds breaking on the hills like waves on the beach. And the sky is the most unbelievable blue.
One of the places we stopped was Blarney Castle. The grounds are gorgeous, full of old trees and flowers, and many of our intrepid travelers climbed the 125 (or so) old, worn, stone steps to the top of the tower to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the gift of eloquence! There are many legends about the stone, including that the stone was able to identify kings. Just Google Blarney Stone online to read some of these for yourself.
The unbelievably huge and wonderful store at Blarney was another delight. Four floors of Irish sweaters and ceramics, jewelry and linens, and treats of every description. You can bet our coaches were carrying a much heavier load after our shopping spree!
This photo I took from my room in our hotel of one of our quilters resting after the bus trip. It’s so beautiful here!