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Eighth Wonder of the World


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I'm not sure who voted on the Wonders of the World, but I'd bet if we looked at the top ten list, the Cliffs of Moher are on there thinking that they definitely deserve a bigger vote. I'd guess that the judges were seriously afraid of heights and didn't give this section of Ireland's west coast the time and consideration that it deserves. Besides thinking that my family was going to go flailing off the 700+ foot edges every time we took a picture and holding my breath while trying to walk nonchalantly through a crowd sideways while nearly peeing my pants - the experience was truly incredible. I'm hopeful that at least a couple of the five bajillion photos that I took will speak a thousand words and do this beauty justice. If not, check Google!

We spent a lengthy afternoon on the road in an effort to get us down to our next to last stop here in Ireland. We had the pleasure of driving around half of the Ring of Kerry, which is described as a "brazenly scenic" region of Ireland that boasts both mountains and ocean along the drive. We snuck into a pub for dinner and our timing allowed us to watch England's Rugby team beat France in a close and heated match. Little did we know that Ireland's world title was riding on the outcome of this game. F-bombs are used generously here, particularly in pubs, amongst friends, or any other time desired, really. The word is actually "feck" (thank you, accent) and can be hard to pick up unless you're listening closely or should it be paired with a word like SAKE. I digress. We repeatedly heard this phrase on high volume: "Ah fer feck's sake jest kick the feckin baul alreddy!" When the entire pub erupted in cheers after the game finished, we realized we were amidst a celebration of Ireland winning back-to-back Rugby World Championships! Cheers to that!

We caught the sun setting over another day of blue sky and a sliver of moon coming up as we rounded the windy roads in an effort to find our cottage in the dark. Note to selves: night driving in Ireland is not for the weak! We found the cottage and will see what our surroundings look like in the morning! We have settled ourselves into rock walls, big windows, an open fireplace, and big beds (with a purple bathroom for Justice!). This is home for the next three nights. Sweet dreams!

Posted by akgearhard 03:07 Archived in Ireland

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