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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

No! I didn't kiss the Blarney Stone

Day 2 Continued.
After our visit to Waterford Crystal we wound our way to Cork, Blarney and on to Killarney for a two night stay. Blarney is a small village dominated by a castle and the famous stone. The kissing procedure involves a long climb to the castle venue, laying on your back while a burly Irish gentleman, holding your ankles, lowers you into a hole in the ground, where now upside down, you may kiss the fabled rock. Wearing skirts is not recommended for the ladies. Mrs T, to my surprise recommended we skip this event on two grounds: (1) it was too long and too wet a climb up the castle , and (2) I was way too loquacious and full of bull as it was and didn't need any further encouragement. I accepted her reasoning, knowing full well that the alternate two hour shopping spree at the woolen mill in the village was where her heart was really at. So went shopping.
Her mission was to find scarves for gifts to friends. My secret mission was to find her a sweater.
Ignorance in action on my part. I quickly discovered that machine made woolen in Ireland or father afield is considerably less quality (and price) than handknit in Ireland. I went for the later. Paid for and shipped to the States, it hasn’t arrived yet but she was more than a little pleased. The heck with the Blarney stone!
A quick lunch and we were on our way to Killarney. The tomato bisque soup was scrumcious

12 comments:

  1. I'm not sure I would pass up the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone to go shopping, but it sounds as if your decision turned out well.
    The lunch looks delicious.

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  2. The shopping is fun when needed, it helps keep the happy going, plus you may never get the chance again.The dessert caught my eye,it looked unique.

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  3. Fun! That dessert looks great - I have SUCH a sweet tooth!

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  4. Do you have to sign a waiver just incase the big burly Irish guy drops you?
    Way to go on the sweater!! You are a good shopper!
    That desert looks way better than some old tomato soup..:)

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  5. You are a five-star husband indeed. Sorry I couldn't get past that dessert to see the soup.

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  6. We did the same thing! Loved the Woolen Mills, and lunch at Cristie's... had our first and only Murphy's Stout there.

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  7. I know I wouldn't go for the Blarney kiss either. My back would not be pleased afterwards.

    Love the sweater -- you have great taste, Mr.!

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  8. Good deal on the sweater but you might someday regret that very long climb and upside down kiss to the Blarney Stone, although for shopping I might give it up too. Very nice of you to give in to the wife!

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  9. This would be a dream trip for me! I think I'd skip the blarney stone too, but I definitely would like a bite of that creamy dessert you have in that last photo! :-)

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  10. How could you possibly think about tomato bisque with that big, delish-looking dessert sitting in front of you. I'm guessing it's a schaum torte.

    You're doing a great job of telling us about your trip.

    donna

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  11. Sounds to me like Mrs. T: (1) snuck up to kiss the Blarney Stone when you weren't looking, or (2) didn't need to, either. She's a lucky lady to have an accommodating husband. The sweater will come in handy this winter and will be a fun topic of conversation. Still, like George said, I'm not sure if I'd pass up the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone... even if it's covered in other people's germs.

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  12. Sounds like you've had a great time. I'm Kelly-green with envy! ;)

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