Don’t mind me! I’m just over here kissing the Blarney Stone.

Updated: Oct 7


I gave that Blarney Stone a shamefully loud smackeroo.

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Besides taking in the beauty of the countryside, the only real touristy thing I wanted to do in Ireland was kiss the Blarney Stone.


(Stop rolling your eyes.)


So as soon as we landed in Cork, we boogied straight over to the Blarney compound and stood in what was a surprisingly long line to the top of the castle.

With flu season and COVID still hanging around, I thought group-kissing a stone would be a hard no for most people.


Turns out I was wrong.


Lots are willing to take the risk, and since I’ve been fully vaccinated and boosted three times, I trusted the luck of the Irish, puckered up and went for it.


Now, according to legend, I’m eloquent and persuasive.

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Our first day in Ireland was spent in the capital city of Dublin, which is also home to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse.


Take the tour because it’s a cool thing to do when you’re in Ireland and you get to have a beer in the Gravity Bar, which gives you a 360-degree view of the city. It was an amazing experience even if the beer was impossible for me to choke down.

The city of Cork is absolutely breathtaking with green, rolling hills covered in fog, castles and a quaint downtown full of Irish pubs.


After a big bowl of Irish stew for lunch, we stopped by a memorial that honored the 343 Irish firefighters who died in the Twin Towers on 9/11.


The Irish people are funny, friendly, a little hard to understand and they really like their beer.

A cab driver told us his favorite was Coors and we laughed like loons.


Now, we are heading to Bordeaux, France for a whole lotta wine tasting and warmer weather.


Stay tuned.