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Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Ireland - Day 2
Kylemore Abbey was once a large house, but after the family passed away a group of tons took it over. It is now an all girls school, and some parts are open to the public. Brian and I had wanted to go to Kylemore Abbey anyway, and it happened to be the same place we were going to to go hiking! Or so we thought...it rained on and off all night and when we got to Kylemore Abbey the ticket office told us the trails were too wet to hike on, so the trail was closed. Not to worry though - we got some amazing pictures of the abbey (and there was even a rainbow in front of it when we were driving up!! how perfect!) and then made our way over to a neighboring mountain.
We started the climb and the weather was fine. Cloudy and windy but that's the way Ireland is. About 1/4 of the way up it started to rain. And then it started to pour. And pour and pour and pour. Now if you know me at all, you probably know that I am not the biggest fan of exercise. Through in some pouring rain, cold temperature and two enthusiastic boys running to the top and you can imagine how happy I was. However - once I crawled to the top of the mountain, the rain finally stopped and the wind was doing a great job drying us off - I decided that the climb was totally worth it. The clouds started to lift and we had an amazing view of the bay and towns below us - seriously amazing!
Next on our list was a visit to near by town Clifton, where we enjoyed mussels and a hard earned Guinness for lunch. Sean then took us to two beaches - one on a gold course and the other was Dog Bay - which just goes to show how varied the terrain is out there! We ended the day with another pint at an old mansion that was converted into a hotel. We sat by the fire and enjoyed our drink to the fullest! and may have taken a nap as well :)