Sunday, March 31, 2013

Father- Daughter Eurotrip: Day Six

On our second day in Ireland, we headed out on a day trip adventure. This, of course, called for a 5am wakeup call with a 6am cab ride. Nevertheless, we put the tiredness feeling aside as soon as we checked in with our tour company at the Dublin Heuston Station. We booked the Cliffs of Moher, Burren, Bunratty Castle, and Galway rail tour through which was serviced by Railtours Ireland. It was going to be a long day of seeing everything, but we knew it would be worth it.

We started off with a train ride to Limerick junction where we should have transferred to another train. Unfortunately, there were issues with the train which led us to take a bus down to Limerick.  Once we got to Limerick, our tour began. We only got to drive through the city for a brief period before heading to Bunratty Castle.

Bunratty Castle
Bunratty Castle was built in the medieval times and has been restored to the period. Many of the pieces inside the Castle were not original to the Castle, itself, but rather the period. Outside the Castle, they had old houses that would have been common to the area in different eras. After the tour wrapped at Bunratty Castle, we kept heading West in order to get to the Cliffs of Moher. We did stop for lunch along the way. Don't worry...Dad got his fish and chips at last!

The Cliffs of Moher were amazing. Something truly worth seeing. I've done a lot of the cliffs throughout England and Ireland, but these were different. Just as the White Cliffs of Dover are unique, the journey to the Cliffs of Moher is worth it. We only had time to make it to the first part before the tour continued on. Nevertheless, we got the experience of them: smell of salt water, the wind in our faces, the cold, and watching some people be rather stupid near the edges...

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

Dad and Me at the Cliffs of Moher
Departing from the Cliffs of Moher, we began our drive through the Burren on our way into Galway.  The Burren reminded me of the Giants Causeway (in Northern Ireland) in many areas. Much of the Burren was farmland which was cluttered with the remains of old churches and castles.

The Burren

Part that reminded me of the Giants Causeway
We ended up arriving in Galway later than we were supposed to leaving a very limited period of time to check out the city. Dad took it easy before the train ride back. I ran into the town center to just see part of the city. Putting it back on the list to go back to in the future! All in all, we covered a lot of territory in a short day!

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