When I meet new people, the first thing they ask me for is recommendations. Recommendations on where to eat, drink, sleep… and I feel so phony because I haven’t even taken one excursion yet! So today I ventured to the Cliffs of Moher, aka the Grand Canyon of Ireland. My new friend, Wendy, mentioned she was going on an excursion with Paddywagon Tours, so I looked into it, bought my ticket, and got super excited for my first trip!
It takes about three hours to get to the Cliffs, which are on the other side of the country (LOL, it takes longer to get from Houston to San Antonio), so our driver / tour guide broke the trip into chunks and our first stop was at an old castle in the sleepy town of KInvara. It was a little underwhelming, to be honest, but what wasn’t underwhelming was the fact that it’s still owned by the same family who built it in the 16th century! I’m pretty sure the only thing I could inherit from my broke Mexican ancestors is, like, two shiny pebbles.
We then took a pit stop at a chocolate factory in the hillside. I don’t really care for chocolate, but I had a damn good hot chocolate here, one I’ll probably have dreams about for the next week.
After the chocolate factory, we traveled a bit longer to get to get to Corcomroe Abbey. It was super run down, but, hey, what do you expect from something that was built in the 1200s. It’s literally in the middle of nowhere. The poor thing doesn’t have a roof anymore, and it was drizzling, but that’s alright, we made the most of it. There were tombstones dating from the 1600s, all the way up to the 1980s. Makes one wonder what the requirements are, and who in their right mind would want to be buried right next to people who have been dead for almost 400 years.
We had a pit stop at what’s known as the “Baby Cliffs of Moher,” a break for lunch, and then we were off to the big Cliffs of Moher! It was extraordinary. I actually let out a wow. It was really like seeing the Grand Canyon, except it was European and there were less pesky tourists around from certain countries we won’t name. It’s magical, and majestic (is that the same thing, cause it sounds like it…?) and I can now see why Harry Potter, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Bride have all shot scenes here.
All in all, a successful day trip! And there’s wifi on the bus. Wifi’s super common in Dublin and for this I am so grateful. It almost feels like I’m in the States with how easy it is to communicate and keep up with everyone! Now I’m on my way to a pub with Nita and Elline to decompress after a long day of walking. Ireland is so beautiful, and if your heart is calling you to wander the world, why not do it?