At long last! I have found a moment to begin rounding up some of the photos from Ireland and am so excited to share them with you! I loved Ireland very much but I definitely had 2 favorite places and today I’m sharing one of them: The Cliffs of Moher. Honestly, I just don’t know if I have the words to truly share how awe-inspiring they were to me! I could have stayed there for days and days.
If I had to try to find one word to describe them I would say: magical. Really and truly breathtaking! They are positively ancient which is so cool to me. In America I think the only thing I could compare them to would be the Grand Canyon (and I haven’t been there so I’m really guessing!). Anyway, for me, standing there, looking out upon these mighty cliffs and vast sea – was a very humbling and exhilarating experience! I have a pretty active imagination and was easily caught up dreaming of what all they have seen and wondering about the awesome caves – could a pirate ship have sailed into that one that looks so big?! (of course the pirates in my mind are all Captain Jack types – pirate adventurers with a heart of gold…) I also thought it was cool how there were sheep grazing on the tops… just never thought of it as farmland but it is! If you look carefully in the photo above you can see them!
This view looking back inland, shows the bay or inlet in the distance. Gorgeous from every direction!
All along the path leading up to the Cliff views are these GIANT pieces of slate forming the wall. I couldn’t get over how HUGE they were and the fact that there were hundreds of them was really cool to me. I’m guessing these were placed by hand and not by some machine which is a staggering thought to really consider. I mean honestly – they must weigh a ton!
This sign was a bit disconcerting! We definitely decided to take a step back when we saw it!
At the top of the Cliff’s there is O’Brien’s Tower which was built in 1835 by local landlord Cornelius O’Brien. Apparently the cliff’s were a big tourist attraction even then! Unfortunately my friend Dara and I didn’t have our wallet’s with us (we left them with our mom’s who were at the base of the Cliff’s – we took turns going to the top) so we didn’t go up into the tower (there’s a small fee to go in). Despite that – the views from where we were were quite spectacular.
Funny story: While we were near the tower, Dara and I got stuck in the strongest winds I’ve ever felt in my life! We literally had to hang on to each other and could not take a step forward until it let up. We got laughing so hard – it was an all out “Lucy & Ethel” moment for us! I was crying from laughing so hard! It was such a strange (and really unnerving) feeling to be pinned down by the wind!
On our way back from the Cliff’s we came upon a couple of chapel ruins which are now cemeteries. I loved rambling around these! This one is called Clare Abbey. It is beautiful! We were all alone there which was even more fabulous! It was funny because there were cows grazing all around it and you had to open 2 gates to park your car near it.
There really wasn’t anyone around so you had to follow the signs posted about not letting the cows out. I love that they trust everyone – tourists included – to not let the cows out!
It’s amazing how the walls are still standing but the roof isn’t… Several churches were like this – not sure if the roof’s were thatch or wood or what but it creates such an ethereal and beautiful effect! How spectacular is that stone window?!!
I hope you enjoyed this visit to Ireland! I’ll be sharing even more photos next week so please stop back by! Also, if you haven’t entered already remember to click over to this post and leave a comment for a chance to win a free stencil from Royal Design Studio! You have until Sunday, September 30, 2012 at midnight PST to enter!