Well, we didn’t really, but that phrase came up at some point, which made us laugh. I think it was in reference to yet another full Irish breakfast that probably didn’t do wonders for our stomachs. I guess in colloquial terms, we could say that we farted around the rest of the trip, because after Killarney, we were exhausted. Just done. As much as we love vacationing, fatigue had set in at that point- from different hotels, to eating at restaurants, to driving, to seeing yet another town. We were zombie-walking. And we couldn’t wait to eat some home cooked meals once we got back to Canada. Alas, there were more sites to see, and we made sure to make a good attempt at finishing the trip strong! I think we did a good job. After Killarney, the next few days went like this:
Day 12: Left for Kilkenny with a stop in Cork for lunch. Checked into the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Went for a walk, found a mediterranean restaurant and had a chicken kebab. Yum!
Day 13: Explored the grounds of Kilkenny castle and visited St. Mary’s Cathedral. Then it was off to see the Rock of Cashel, a medieval cathedral set upon rocks. We headed to Waterford, where we checked into the Faithlegg House Hotel outside of the city and napped. We ventured into Waterford and had a nice dinner at Emiliano’s (bruschetta for a starter, funghi pizza and pasta for mains with tiramisu and pistachio ice cream for dessert). I also ran through a red light! Oops.
Day 14: Not a great breakfast at the hotel. The atmosphere also reminded me of a scene out of the show The OC- a country golf club where everyone seemed to know everyone and there was an air of gossip. Weird. Sent a postcard or two, walked around the Parade Quay and city square in Waterford, then headed to Glendalough (a medieval monastic settlement) in the Wicklow mountains. Then it was off to Dublin to check into the Clarion Airport Hotel and return the car. We were super hungry that day as we didn’t eat for the majority of the day… and it felt like near death ;). We gorged on club sandwiches and scones at the airport, and finally tried Irish coffee, which is pretty much coffee and whiskey. It was strong! That night, we watched Denmark win Eurovision 2013. If I lived in Europe, I’d be hooked!… though I didn’t quite get Romania’s flamboyant entry.
The next day, we had an early morning 6 am flight back to Calgary. We were quite tired, and we would be for the next many hours as we had two flights and a 4 hour layover in Amsterdam. As much as I was sad to see the vacation end, I was happy to be heading home. But what a great vacation it was! According to the odometer, we drove about 2255.3 km around Ireland! When coupled with my road trip across Canada, I have been in a car for almost 6000 kilometres in 3 weeks. Needless to say, it was good to take a bit of a rest this past week.
I can’t say that Ireland was at the top of my travel list, but I’m so glad that it was on Robbie’s list. As I began researching, Ireland began to grow on me. Travelling through the country, with it’s greenery, amazing history and wonderful people allowed me to experience Ireland in a way that I never imagined prior to this trip. The vacation was wonderful, and it was really special to share it with Robbie. So thank you, Robbie, for a great trip, and for experiencing Ireland with me! We have so many amazing memories and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.