|Posted by Gary & Lynette Landy on February 11, 2011 at 5:37 PM|
After a fabulous & generous dinner last night with the Condon’s we had a later than anticipated start this morning. We headed to Blarney in order to see the imposing Blarney Castle & to kiss the Blarney stone.
Contrary to popular belief kissing the Blarney stone is not supposed to give you luck. In ancient times the well to do would go to Blarney & perform this ritual in order to gain the virtue of eloquence! So, now both Gary & Lynette supposedly have eloquence after having climbed the steps of the castle and then to complete the kiss you must get on to your back and be lowered, upside down, to where the stone is located at the very top of the castle.
Blarney Castle is so very old and is privately owned and still in the same family 900 years later. Even though we were seeing the gardens during winter, they were fabulous & we could only imagine what they would be like during the spring and summertime. We have discovered one particular benefit to travelling during wintertime – no queues hence no waiting to see and do things. This can be particularly attractive when going to visit the highly popular site such as the Blarney Castle the lines to kiss the Blarney Stone over the summertime can be up to 3+ hours long. We were able to walk straight into the castle, up the stairs (Lynette albeit with very shaky legs & Gary not liking the heights) be held upside down & kiss the Blarney stone – no wait; no delay.
We chose to spend the night in Blarney at a little B & B, and had a lovely night there and surprisingly an excellent Chinese Dinner.
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