In pursuit of eloquence and Matthew Goode

Early Wednesday morning, Julie and I hopped on a plane and flew from Inverness to Dublin, then taking a bus immediately to Cork. We didn’t do too much exploring around the city because we wanted to be well rested for Blarney Castle and the famed Blarney Stone the next day!
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Hoping to beat the giant tour busses, Julie and I got to the castle as soon as it opened and headed straight for the Blarney Stone. This 700 year old relic is fixated near the top of the castle, so one must lean down the edge in order to kiss it and receive the “blessing of eloquence”. Let me tell you, Blarney Castle runs like a well-oiled machine: not only is there a professional “spotter” holding onto you so that you don’t slip down to your death, there’s also an official photographer making sure you get the perfect shot for some cash money $$$. Julie and I both planted a wet one on the Blarney Stone (they insist it gets cleaned each morning, btw), and we spent the rest of the morning wandering around the castle’s extensive and interesting grounds.
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Bidding farewell to Cork, we continued our tour around Ireland by hopping on a bus to the west coast. When we were planning this trip, I basically insisted that we not rent a car. While I have never driven on the left side, I’ve been a passenger panicking while we’re inches from death because these windy, narrow roads are ruthlessly unforgiving (love you, Dad). I basically told Julie, “If it’s not accessible by public transportation, it’s not worth going to.” But Julie, being the rockstar travel buddy that she is, still managed to get us all around the country via busses and trains with no issues, even to the small, seaside town of Dingle.
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Dingle was recommended to me by none other than Rick Steves, as he says it’s one of his favorite places in Ireland. This quaint destination is straight out of a movie, with characters as colorful as the buildings along the strand. Our accommodation for the evening was a guest room above a pub, and nothing could stop the Leap Yearcomparisons. Embarking on a search for Matthew Goode’s Declan (Amy Adams’s very attractive love interest in the movie), Julie and I started the evening at a strictly seafood restaurant. Because we were literally on the water, the theme of the meal was #treatyoself, so I had some of the best mussels and fish I’ve ever eaten. Not stopping there, we checked out the locally famous Murphy’s Ice Cream: my two scoops of sea salt and caramel honeycomb were to,die for they were so sweet and refreshing. At this point, the weather had taken a turn for the worst, so we pulled on our raincoats and strolled around the town before the rain got the best of us. Even with the miserable downpour, Julie and I still adored Dingle — next stop, Dublin!

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