On Saturday (January 17), I woke up at 6:30am to catch an earlier bus to head to the Cliffs of Moher (I don't think I've woken up that early since high school). We had a pretty long day on Friday too because of the Cobh trip. We took the bus into City Centre and then walked a little further to catch our bus from Paddywagon Tours. The bus left at 8:20am and we headed out for a long ride out to the Cliffs of Moher. The ride there was about two and a half hours, as it was out further toward the west coast of Ireland, whereas where I am in Cork is more Southeast. I went with a group of 7 Quinnipiac students, and our big tour bus was filled with mostly foreigners, but we did have an Irish tour guide. I don't think any of us really realized how long the ride out there was. Our first stop on the bus was in Limerick which was about an hour and a half away to pick up the other part of our tour group that would be coming along with us. We then stopped at the Mini Cliffs first. These are on the way to the Cliffs of Moher and were just a smaller version. When we got to these, it was actually raining a lot, but ended up stopping after we were out there for a little bit. We were lucky in that we could still see everything pretty well. We could see some pretty steep cliffs over the water, which was so blue. Everyone piled back on the tour bus and we continued to head towards the Cliffs of Moher, which are actually located in County Clare. Our whole bus stopped at Fitzpatrick's Pub and Eatery on the way which was in Doolin, a town on the way to the Cliffs. I got beef stew to actually try something that was somewhat authentic, and it ended up being pretty good. We then continued our drive to the Cliffs, which was all along the country side. We could see so many sheep and cows on the way, but the roads were really windy (they reminded me of St. Thomas). We finally arrived at the Cliffs and they were really amazing to see. They actually stretch for five miles. From them you can see the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. They were so steep and you could walk right along the edge if you really wanted to. It had been raining, so the paths were all really muddy and slippery, so our tour guide warned us to be careful. Our guide told us that sometimes when the weather is really bad, people aren't allowed out near the Cliffs because it's too dangerous. There was a pretty long path where you could follow the Cliffs way out along the water. If you turned around, behind us was all the country side with scattered houses or farms all surrounded by greenery. The views were really pretty, so I guess it was worth the long drive. After an hour and a half or so, we all headed back to the bus to drive back to Cork. It was another long drive home and it ended up raining our whole drive back, but we were lucky it was pretty clear when we were walking all along the Cliffs. We got back to Cork around 6:45pm, so it was a really long day. We ended up stopping at Sakura, a Japanese restaurant for dinner, and taking the bus home. Sunday, we all wanted to sleep in after a long few days prior to that. We just had more of a low key day down in the City, where we got Mexican food. We went to Burritos and Blues for burrito bowls (it was basically the exact same concept of Chipotle at home), and then got desserts at Cafe Mexicana. I got ice cream wrapped in a flat pancake (basically a crepe) with raisins, chocolate sauce, and hazelnuts on top which I will definitely want to order again. It was a nice weekend filled with traveling so I will now have to work on planning the next one!