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We arrived in Cork on September 3rd. We had signed up for a tour to Kinsale, where the Blarney Stone is located. We opted to not visit the Blarney Stone because it was too crowded. Besides, we had already had excellent luck (the weather) so no need to go kiss a silly stone.
Lynda wanted to visit the Blarney store (note store, not stone) where she could spend some of our excess cash :-)
After boarding one of the tour busses and a short ride later, we found ourselves in Blarney Mills. We parked ourselves in the shopping "mall" (below)
Next we visited an old fortress named Charles Fort
Ok, enough blabber! It's time to go visit Dublin!
On September 4, we arrived in Dublin. The weather was beautiful and we were prepared to have an excellent trip into the city - which is exactly what happened.
Note that the weather was perfect even though we had not kissed the Blarney Stone -- so much for good luck charms (or stones).
The main attraction (in our opinion) in Dublin is the Guinness brewery. Neither of us is really an enthusiastic beer drinker, but we didn't want to miss a chance to drink some of the world's most famous -- and the best -- beer. So, to the brewery we went!
I was hoping I could find something to write about our tour to Guinness brewery but there's so little time... I'll just have to leave this space empty until someday....
After finishing our beers, we loaded up on a tour bus to our next stop - Glendalough. It is a famous tourist site of old ruins, although I'd never heard of it until it was suggested that we take a tour there. In Wikipedia, they say that "It is renowned for its Early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th century by St Kevin, a hermit priest, and partly destroyed in 1398 by English troops.". Today, it appears like ruins of a church and its surroundings.