We were up and in the car to head out to the Cliffs of Moher. This is one of the most known sights in Ireland. I couldn’t wait to get there.
When you arrive there are shops and Guest Services you can stop at (built right into the hills) or pre-load the Cliffs of Moher app to by pass lines. You will notice quickly that there are many fences and signs warning you away from the edge of the cliffs. This is for your own safety. It’s a long way down.
The day was windy and cloudy with a bit of rain but that didn’t take away from the experience at all. In some ways it enhanced it. There were places where you couldn’t see the tops of the cliffs because the cloud cover was so low. It gave an eternal feeling to the place. You could watch as the clouds seemed to fall into the sea.
After a time you come to the end of the maintained path. There is a sign on a fence warning you against going further. There is also a step-ladder over the fence so it is easy to leave the official park area. Much of the area past the park is grazing land and fenced in so the sheep don’t wander near the cliffs. Some of the fences are wood and some are electric. If you know about electric fences you may know that they pulse. They are not always buzzing with electricity. So you could touch one and nothing happens but a minute later you get zapped. I fortunately did not get zapped. Dad however did. When he touched a fence a second time he was shocked. It was both funny and not (to dad).
We eventually turned around and headed south to O’Briens Tower. This is a tower built-in the 1830’s for tourists to use as a viewing place.
After it was into the car and off the Galway. We spent the night in Galway, where I was able to meet up with a friend of mine. Miyuki taught music at Tathva International School in Tokyo while I was there. Then she married an Irishman in an Irish castle and moved to, you guessed it, Ireland. I was so excited meeting up with her that I mostly forgot to take picture of the quaint little city.
One thing that did stand out to me were the rooms of our hotel. They didn’t have numbers, they had names. We stayed in the rooms:
Then we wandered around trying to find Miyuki so we could all go for dinner together. Then the family went to do laundry and I went for drinks and live music with Miyuki. Before retiring to Sir Lancelot.