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Published: April 10th 2011
Not a fan of these signs, they are all over the place
After anther delicious breakfast we took off, we were headed for Doolin with some stops along the way. We are finding it funny that we are often times the youngest by many many years at the B&Bs and have been told more than once how great it is that we are traveling now and not waiting. Getting a “getting a good for you” is always nice. Anyway, on we drove – we are finding that we really didn’t need to take so much time, that really everything is a lot closer, a lot less treacherous and a lot less winding than we had been lead to believe. We had read on another person’s blog that they took the ferry from Tarbert to Killimer would save 2 hours worth of driving…so we took the ferry, relatively fast and it was about 16 Euros…not a huge cost considering time and the cost of petrol. Chris enjoyed the ferry ride and the scenery of the Shannon River. Once across we headed towards the Cliffs of Moher. We got in and it was still a little foggy, by this time we had been told that the fog would go out with the tide, so basically,
Time out in Doolin
Zoe has started to be a real stinker and is getting timeouts all over the place
just wait for it. So we went into Doolin, which is the same size as Portmagee, what I mean by this is that there are about 10-12 businesses and 3 of them are bars. So we wandered around looking at the shops and bought some gifts for our family back home and then had some lunch. This is where we learned that Cheeseburgers can be made incorrectly. (Who knew?). Anyway, I had been ordering anything roasted for two days and been exceedingly happy with that, Chris ordered a cheeseburger. I need to preface this with I love LOVE stinky cheese, however the cheese on this was foul, I wouldn’t even eat it and that is saying a lot. I will say the Guinness, is always good. 😉
Now Doolin is one of those places that is a jumping off place for other places, not a whole heck of a lot to do – we did the entire town in about 45 minutes – that is with Zoe walking (she walks slowly). You can catch a boat to the Aran Islands or go to the Cliffs of Moher. So we went to the Cliffs, it was windy and both Chris and
Downtown shop - this one has old books and random other things.
I have been having night terrors about falling off the cliffs. Let me assure you, that no one falls off of them – we asked. We got there and it was just amazing how out of nowhere are these stunning cliffs. Right now the Cliffs of Moher are in the running for an updated version of the 7 wonders of the natural world. Pretty nifty. We walked around and then up to O’Brian’s Tower, again we were charged to go up to the tower 2 Euro, I love a country where you are charged for everything, did I mention before in Cork that I was charged to use the toilet in the English market? Oh well, at the tower you get a great view, I will say the stair case is pretty intense, spiral made of metal, and I with Zoe in the backpack barely fit, I had to walk backwards down it to get the best grip and so she wouldn’t get jostled. The wind was raging and just wild, but it was so lovely. The sea below was very rough, no boat trips out. In fact a sad fact many people choose to jump off of the cliffs
Music and cafe, not open yet, but soon, I believe he said Easter
and often times it is very difficult to recover the body because of the rough seas. This is how I came to know that no one falls off that they sadly enough jump.
After the glorious cliffs and the little shops outside of them we headed back to the B&B it is a farmhouse called Doonagore, in the front was a 2 week old donkey and her mother, Zoe was a huge fan. We got sorted out and our host was quite nice. We then made a huge mistake…they had 11 calves or so and we took Zoe to go and see them. We they had a sheep dog that was a puppy and it had been running recently by the cows and jumped up on me and well it was just atrocious. After recently having our clothes laundered, I was not pleased to be covered in cow poop. However, on a positive side the calves were adorable and the kids who lived there were too cute showing us around the cows…and the bull (I was corrected a few times when I called it a big cow). It is loads of fun to chat with the kids because they are
Yet another awful sign this one at the Cliffs
brutally honest about things. We asked what good is a donkey on a farm to which the kid raised his hands and said he’d been asking his mum the same thing. Too funny. Back to the house we go covered in cow crap and stinking of it too. (Shocking right?). The lady of the house said she would be happy to wash our clothes, we are hoping they will be dry in the morning. Went back into Doolin for dinner since there were two more pubs to choose from, we chose Fitzgerald’s, where again chose the roasted option and had a great dinner. The music was not local but very much the music we listen to back home…we keep missing the live music because of Zoe’s bedtime. Bummer.
Back at the B&B everyone else was getting ready to go out for the music and it was pretty loud, Zoe had a hard time going down with all the doors opening and closing – this was the first time we had had to deal with this. Tomorrow is a busy day with Galway and the beyond.
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