Monday, October 22, 2007

Kissing Stones and Other Pics

Another slideshow:

Seven Churches on Inis Mór. This was the first place I went on the island (in the Aran Islands) on my rented bike.

Dún Aonghasa. This is the most visited ruin on the island, perhaps because it is the easiest to get to. It was impressive to walk up to the ruin from below.

Looking down the coast line from Dún Aonghasa.

Finally, a more current picture of me on my blog. This was the point in Dún Aonghasa that I laid down with my head over the edge of the cliff. The wind blowing up the wall made me feel like I was on a rollercoaster. Talk about a head rush.

The coast line at another ruin, Dún Dúchathair. This one was harder to access (especially since the sign had been taken down at the main road) and therefore had fewer people visiting it. Actually, there was only one other person when I went, and he was on his way back into town.

Looking at Dún Dúchathair. The most amazing thing about these forts to me is the fact that they have little or no grout to hold them together. In most places there was none to be seen, but in a few places, it looked like someone had tried to reinforce the structures.

Inside Blarney Castle. I'm sure this used to be a fire place in a room, but it is now a fire place in the middle of the wall, half way up to the ceiling, where it cannot possibly be used.

Kissing the Blarney Stone. After how many other people I wonder? At least it had rained hard through the night and most of the morning before I went. Hopefully that washed enough dirt off.

At the Heineken brewery in Amsterdam. Not really my favorite beer in the States, but I have been known to drink it from time to time. I wonder if that will change now that I know what a real Heineken is. Because it isn't that watered down lager stuff we find in green bottles. Here it comes in a brown bottle with a green label, and it is a pilsner.

The cube apartments in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I had read about this in my guide book, and today I was taken there by someone who knew where it was.

Looking up at the cube apartments. We even paid the €2 each to go inside the visitor cube. Though they look small from the outside, the are actually quite large, and the third floor inside would be perfect for a small get together. If you feel like buying one, you don't even have to worry about furniture, since they come fully furnished (good idea, since you would need specially built furniture to fit the slanted walls).

That's it for this slideshow. Hope to have more good pics for sharing soon.


Little Red said...

The picture of you kissing the Blarney stone is great! I bet that helper guy likes his job, especially when the girls wear low-cut shirts.

alw_ays said...

Katie: Dear Angela I miss you. I like your pictures. Don't fall in the water. And school is really fun. I hope you're having fun. Love, Katie.

Emil: (plays harmonica)I don't want to say I love you to Angela. Hey! Don't fall in the water!

Ann: still no students, school rocks, Halloween better be good; I put a lot of work into it. Currently addicted to I miss school. I keep meaning to hike up and hang in the English Dept, but I keep finding myself ridiculously busy.

Hugs from all of us. And do, stay away from the edge of the cliffs. My kids were worried you were sinking, or that you'd fall in. :)