From our hotel, we crossed the street to enter the Blarney Castle- an old, old ruined castle with the most beautiful grounds and an old manor house still occupied!
|Town park of Blarney- across the street from our hotel|
|Little river that runs through town|
|Our evening drinks:-)|
|graveyard in town|
|Never seen this before! A sign saying "no drones!"|
|Rich and I at the castle|
|The castle is in ruins, but the grounds are magnificent!|
|Diana in the castle- little rocky corridors!|
|Rich, as seen climbing the stairs to The Rock|
|Diana at the Blarney Stone|
|Me kissing the Blarney Stone|
|Rich kissing the Blarney Stone|
|All happy that we kissed the stone:-)|
|Manor house on the ground!|
|Hydrnageas of every color! they are everywhere in Ireland!|
|Rich in the cave on the Blarney Castle grounds!|
Close of Blarney is the cute little town of Kinsale! It is so colorful! But they have terrible coffee:-). We took a day trip here to check it out. It is worth a quick visit.
|Kinsale Castle- this was used as a prison for many years. It even held American prisoners of war from our War of Independence from England|
The Charles Fort, which guarded the Kinsale harbor. It was an English fort, fairly recently rebuilt. This year, 2016, marks 100 years of Irish independence from British rule. It is star shaped so from every point, you have a line of sight to the harbor.