Jennifer goes to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

While in Dublin, I decided to visit the Atlantic coast of Ireland. The Cliffs of Moher are majestic in their beauty and are the highlight of that side of Ireland. They are approximately 656 feet high and stretch for about 6.2 miles down the coast. O’Brien’s Tower is at the top of the path and offers the best view of the cliffs.

The day I visited, the ocean was extremely calm. I was told that the cliffs are even more beautiful when the ocean is a little rough because the waves splash up onto the cliffs. The cliffs are also home to many different seabirds, but I only saw gulls.

Top of the path at the Cliffs of Moher

Top of the path at the Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher

The Burren

The Burren

Not far from the Cliffs of Moher is the Burren. It is a limestone plateau that has been eroded by rain. While there is some green, the Burren is known for its odd gray landscape. Because of the fissures in the stone and loose rocks, I took my time while I explored so I wouldn’t twist an ankle or worse. If you go to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren is well worth the stop.

The Burren

The Burren

Have you been to the Cliffs of Moher or the Burren?

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Jennifer goes to Dublin and Cork

Dublin is a large, but friendly city. I had a wonderful time in Dublin and loved walking around the city. If you have to eat gluten-free like I do, you’ll have an extremely easy time. Many restaurants offer gluten-free options, including pizza and fish and chips.

Dublin

Dublin

While in Dublin, I visited Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I also saw Riverdance. I asked some of the locals what I should do in Dublin and many of them said I should go to the zoo.  I thought it was odd, but made the time to go and it was definitely a highlight. The Dublin Zoo is very well done. It sits in the middle of Phoenix Park, which is the largest enclosed park in Europe. If you ever go to Dublin, I highly recommend a walk through Phoenix Park and a visit to the zoo.

Dublin

Dublin

St. Patrick's Cathedral

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

During my few days in Dublin, I also went to Cork. On the way to Cork, I saw the Rock of Cashel and Blarney Castle. The Rock of Cashel was once the seat of the Kings of Munster and was visited by St. Patrick in 450.

Rock of Cashel

Rock of Cashel

Blarney Castle was built approximately six hundred years ago. It has beautiful gardens, but is most famous as the home of the Blarney Stone. It is believed that if you kiss the stone, you get the gift of eloquence. I walked up the steep, narrow steps of the castle, but didn’t kiss the stone. As I stood on the top of the castle, my mind couldn’t get past the thousands of people that had kissed the stone that day; so I chose to skip it and make the trek back down.

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Cork was a nice city to visit. Unfortunately, my time there was short. I had just enough time to walk through some of the shops on Patrick Street and eat an ice cream.

Cork

Cork

Have you been to Dublin? What did you like about Dublin?

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