I got lucky (by kissing a stone)

I should be studying for my philosophy midterm, but I’m blogging instead. I have so much to catch up on before we leave for Paris!

So, two weekends ago (wow, have I really been slacking!) we went on a trip to Blarney Castle, Cork, and Cobh (pronounced Cove). So, sit back and enjoy photo overload!

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Blarney Castle off in the distance

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Now, I don’t know much of the history of the castle. All I know is that the Blarney Stone was originally kept somewhere else and moved back to Blarney Castle fairly recently. (And the idea that the locals pee on it has been proven a myth!)

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See that little gap up near the roof? That’s where the Blarney Stone is. So, to kiss it requires you to lean over backwards off the side of a hundred foot drop! No biggie, right?

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Actual photographic proof that I kissed the Blarney Stone! I almost chickened out but then I thought when am I ever going to be in Ireland at Blarney Castle again, so I did it!

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it was a big moment for me!

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Another Julie Andrews moment. I think I have a collection going…

 

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After exploring the castle, we explored The Poison Gardens!

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After the castle, we were all frozen because it rained non-stop while we were there, so we stopped in this cute little chocolate shop for some hot chocolate before taking the bus to Cork.

We didn’t do much in Cork. We basically just stopped to eat lunch on our way to Cobh. It reminded me a lot of Dublin, but apparently you aren’t supposed to say that out load…

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After lunch (and a little shopping because let’s face it, we’re a group of girls!) we got back on the bus and headed for Cobh. I really liked Cobh. It was this quaint, little town right on the water. It was the last port of call for the Titanic before she sank, and the last group of passengers actually boarded from Cobh. So naturally, we did the Titanic Experience!

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The Titanic Experience was really cool to do. To start with, the building that your inside used to be the ticket building for the company that owned the Titanic. And, once you got inside, you were given a “ticket” to board the Titanic that had the name, age, and class of the person you “were.” The really cool thing was that all these people on the tickets were the original 133 people who boarded the Titanic from Cobh. At the end of the tour you got to see if “you” survived the sinking!

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So “I” was Marcelle Daly, I was 31, traveling alone and in the 3rd class rooms, or steerage.

They tried to make everything look and feel very authentic. Even the bathrooms were done up in the appropriate style!

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Yes, that is me taking a selfie in the bathroom. It was for posterity.Β 

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So, before your Experience starts, you wait on the docks. Then, the wall lights up to look like you’re outside on actual docks. An actor on the screen begins explaining who’s on board, some details of the boat, and explaining how we would be getting from the docks to the Titanic. In the background were people waving, and moving luggage. It was really cool to watch. So, then you move from the docks, onto your tiny boat that “rows” out to the Titanic. Along the way, more information on the Titanic was being shared. Then, you go outside onto the decks where the people stood just minutes before rowing out to the Titanic.

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That is the original dock that the boats took off from to go out to the Titanic.

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Once inside, and “on” the Titanic, we got to see the 3rd class rooms (where I would have been staying)…

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and the 1st class rooms. This part was cool because the same actor as before came back onto the screen (which was the mirror this time) and talked about the different rooms, and chastised us for being in a 1st class room. Then he acted like he heard something off screen and told us the Titanic had hit an iceberg and we were being ordered to evacuate.

You get put into a lifeboat, and on screen again, you watch the boat sinking. You can hear people screaming and the waves hitting against your lifeboat. Eventually, the ship cracks in half and sinks completely. This ended the tour portion, and in the next room where all types of artifacts, and you could search “your” name to see if the person whose ticket you had lived or died.

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I survived the sinking of the Titanic!

After the Titanic Experience was over, we had a little time to explore the city of Cobh.

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We naturally stopped for a treat, and I tried Honeycomb Cake! It was soooo good!

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We decided to hike to the top of the town and explore up around the cathedral that was there.

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So, there we are (almost) all the way caught up! Stay tuned for the first installation of my Amsterdam series!

 

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