Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Countdown Continues

Yesterday we got to laughing about the Irish ketchup. It's funny how these things sometimes hit your funny bone. So, let me share with you some little tidbits about Irish ketchup. 1) It is kinda yucky, and the yuckiness factor varies from restaurant to restaurant 2) It is called red sauce. But we did not figure that out for several days. Red sauce and brown sauce were offered to us all the time, but we declined, not knowing what they were. 3) One of the bartenders told us that when they see American's come through their door, they just bring a bottle of ketchup to the table. Clearly, the Irish don't get the whole ketchup thing!

That's enough about ketchup. How about some castles, abbeys and cathedrals:

This is Kylemore Abbey. It is a beautiful place.

This was also on the abbey grounds. It was a cathedral built in honor of a beloved wife who had died. She was laid to rest here. I have requested similar honor from my guy, but he says "it ain't happening".

This castle/gift shop was just at the side of the road. It was one of the smaller ones we toured.

This was part of another tourist site, but I cannot remember which one. Maybe the Cliffs of Mohr.

This was an incredible cathedral we toured. The stained glass depictions of numerous Bible stories was phenomenal. The whole place was impressive. We met a Korean man here, and oddly enough, ran into him again several days later down in Dublin.

And, finally, castles may seem big and impressive from the outside, but they are not all that. Now, there are some large and beautiful gathering rooms, but we came to realize that they are mostly just big, thick walls. The living spaces were often cold and small with low ceilings and very narrow, steep passages. We decided that being a servant, running up and down these stairways, caring all manner of stuff, would have been one crummy job!

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