We spent today visiting some sights outside of Reykjavík.  Since it was such beautiful weather (I wish I wore shorts) I thought I would post some pictures.  We had great weather although we did see some rain clouds in the distance.  We were lucky and had sun the entire time we were out.  Pretty sure I even saw a whale this morning in the bay as we walked to our car.

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Last Stop in Ireland

We made it to Kilkenny for our last night in Ireland.  Kilkenny is about 2 hours from Dublin so it was a perfect stop for the night before driving to the airport.  The town was bigger than I anticipated but it was nice to walk around.  I climbed a tower at one of the churches to get a view.  I was expecting a spiral staircase but it was basically a ladder that you had to hold on to a bar to get up and down.  It did make for a good view at the top.

We will be stopping in Iceland for 2 nights before heading home.  I’m looking forward to a little warmer weather 🙂  Ireland was beautiful and scenic.  I highly recommend Ireland to anyone who likes cooler weather and countryside.

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The Rock of Cashel

We stopped in Cashel on our way to Kilkenny.  We visited the rock of Cashel which contained a large church and watch tower on top of the rock.  The oldest of the buildings is the round tower which is from around 1100.  We had a great tour guide who helped explain everything and was very knowledgeable.  Some of the tower blew over in a hurricane in the 1700’s.  The pieces that fell were actually sent to America where a priest built a church out of the stone.  The roof was removed to avoid a roof tax in the 1700’s.  They used the pieces of the roof to help build a new church in town.

They found the original chalice that was used down a well as well as an infant that passed away.  They still use the original chalice today in the church in town.  The graveyard around the church is very old but they just recently had a burial there around the 5 weeks ago.  There are only 2 people left living in town that can be buried there.

We were lucky and had good weather to visit.  I have heard that it is very windy there since it is on top of a hill.


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