Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BLARNEY CASTLE - IRELAND

August 14, 2017


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

On our list also was Blarney Castle, (whole history) which is most famous for its stone. The legend tells has the power of conferring eloquence on all who kiss it.The word ‘Blarney’ was introduced into the English language by Queen Elizabeth I and is described as ‘pleasant talk, intended to deceive without offending’. The stone is set in the wall below the battlements and, to kiss it, one has to lean backwards - grasping an iron railing - from the parapet walk.

Only 3 men of our group kissed the stone, although they head no talking problems. The women found it too complicated to reach the stone and others were afraid of germs. As people pretend that I talk already like a waterfall it wasn't really necessary for me to kiss the stone.

In the grounds of the castle the Rock Close and its surroundings is a fascinating place of ancient trees and far more ancient stones which is believed to be a garden of druidic origin and a centre of worship in pre-Christian days. The place has an aura of magic and mystique with Wishing Steps, Witch's Kitchen, Druid's Cave and many other delights telling a story of centuries past.





The entrance



Brochures and souvenir shop








The castle from far, the hole was nice for a souvenir picture



Even a back pipe player was there, coming from Scotland ? And renovations going on.



I walked through the ruins



up and down


the tower



The view over the park was beautiful and so luscious green



I could see grazing cows from far



and a little ditch found its way through the park.




And then came something I had never seen in my life ! To protect the trees from frost and cold weather they were wearing crocheted "clothes" !





It looked so funny and colorful







Some of them were really very beautiful ! Maybe it gives you an idea how to protect your trees and you have something to do during rainy days !








And old house had become the "Gift" shop were the two coaches stood.



It was a wonderful walk through the park !

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

CARRICK-A-REDE IRELAND


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.


Carrick-A-Rede is famous for its rope bridge, (unique in Ireland) – which connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island.

The island until recently was an active salmon fishery, with an old fisherman’s bothy, old ropes, and nets still visible.

Now it has become a tourist attraction offering an exhilarating coastal path from the cliffs to the rocky island, with stunning views.

I couldn't go on this bridge I am getting dizzy already on the 3rd floor if there is no solid ground under me and a banister. Looking at the people who dared to cross the bridge I felt uncomfortable and preferred to admire the beautiful landscapes.











I followed the group going up towards the bridge




This was the view where I took the decision NOT to go  !!



I "stole" these pictures from internet because I couldn't go so close to the bridge.












Besides the beautiful landscape we didn't see anything else.



The main attraction is the thrill to walk on this rope bridge !

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BELFAST


Expat tours

If you do a 7 day tour around a country of course you can't see everything in details. It just gives you an overview of things to see or to do if you want to come back later.

Our tour started in Belfast, and I really liked the city. We had a local guide who walked with us through the city center and explained Belfast history.



He was a very funny guy with a charming Irish accent and ever since I call a battlefield a bottlefield.



The highlight of the walking tour was the City Hall, a beautiful building !





from the inside



and beautiful stained glasses which for once had no religious themes.

In front of the city hall was a nice park full of people who relaxed there in the sunshine. 









From the city hall he took us for a walk through Belfast.




I liked the colored houses





He showed us the first Presbytarian Church, also from inside, unfortunately it was too dark to take pictures.



We continued our stroll and I discovered a restaurant where you could eat fresh garbage !





There were lots of Pubs and Restaurants





Narrow cute little streets, where you also could eat and drink



A lot of graffiti or mural art



The music hall



and a nice sculpture near the City Hall.



The buses in Belfast were pink, which gave the streets a cheerful look







I was glad that there were so many old buildings left and not replaced by ugly new built.



A little coffee kiosk, I would have loved to take a cup here, but unfortunately we had no time.

We ended our walk here and got in the coach again to the famous murals.

Belfast city has a unique past after coming out of 35 years of conflict. Northern Ireland has become famous for the murals painted in almost every area of the country. These pictures of murals are often flashed around the world on news bulletins or used as a backdrop when interviewing people. They often depict the history and political views of both traditions and are a way of marking territory. These wall paintings often look intimidating



Our bus found a parking space and I saw the long wall with the murals.




Each of us got a pen to leave a text or a design for the eternity.




There were so many !

This ended our tour in Belfast, which I had enjoyed very much !



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