Here are pictures from our trip to Ireland!
And some little stories that we learned while on the CIE Tour through Ireland
Our tour guide was amazing his name was Patrick. He has a leprechaun at the front of the bus that collected storied and pins! Patrick told us stories about how he was a local farmer and so was his family!
So… this was an amazing thing to see. its called a wishing tree. and what you do is take a piece of cloth or ribbon and make a wish and tie it to the tree. it is amazing that no one messes with this! in the USA it would have been messed with and cut down… it is absolutely beautiful to see all the wishes people have. people from all over the world! Ben and I defiantly left a wish behind and I will forever remember the wish I made that day!
This is a picture of a shelter, almost like a cave. And inside this cave there are pictures and memorabilia of people who have passed away or items from people who just want to be remembered forever. there are beads and tokens and pictures and feathers and little toys… there is everything and anything. And no one messes with any of it! It is absolutely amazing how trustworthy people can actually be! I left an item of my own there and maybe if I ever go back I can see it again!
This is the outside of the small cave with everyone’s memories in it!
Broken down castles
This was amazing! We stopped to see a sheep farmer. He showed us how he used his dogs to get his sheep where he wanted them to be. with a whistle or a snap they did exactly what he wanted them to do immediately.
We stopped to take pictures with this man who works here part time to take pictures with the tourists for tips. He has a goat who sat so still and minded his own and then he has a donkey with a puppy in the basket!
So our tour guide told us a story about when this ‘bad guy’ (I don’t remember the name) went from town to town killing everyone so he could be king. now there was a heard of goats that lived up on this mountain and when they heard the troops coming from afar they became spooked and ran down the mountain. when this happened it sent a warning to the town folk to get out and hide and run. so they did. and because of this goat they are alive! so every August they pick one goat and crown it and dance and drink for a week! he said it was a whole week and people come from all over the world to this town to drink and dance for a week. and we went in July he said there wouldn’t be a hotel or room anywhere with in miles of this town!
These are the first Irish writings…. kind of like cave man writing. still amazed that this isn’t in a museum. when asked why they were not in a museum he said people are decent around here and no one is going to damage history
This is a mirror that we saw in a castle we toured. under the mirror is a sofa with 6 seats in it. the end seats were made for one mal and one female. the middle seats were made for the girls mother and father and the boys mother and father. the men sat in the middle and discussed an arranged marriage. then when they came to an agreement then they sent it along to the wives to tell the children.
the throne. the tour lady told us that there was a king who was so big he had the chair made to fit him. then the next ruler was a tiny lady who had issues getting into the chair so they cut the legs off of it and added a foot stool so she can get into the chair. you can see the stool placed under it.
The first day we arrived at this place it was our hotel. they didn’t have a room for us and the food was crappy. they gave us the keys to someone else’s room and we walked in on them sleeping. we were not impressed by this hotel at all!