Kari goes to Lincoln, England
We only woke up at 10am today and were slow getting going. We asked a lady where the closest Tesco's was, as that seems like a good place to go to the bathroom without getting in trouble for not buying something. We got really good directions and found it, but unfortunately it was closed. Guess this wasn't a 24-hour one, but there was a McDonalds next door so we went there. We decided to eat breakfast there which was pretty yummy and I got a shamrock shake. It was green and mint tasty, definetly festive and fun because I was in England and I hadn't gotten any green beer. We got directions from a guy working there how to get to Johnny Foxes and also Kilkenny. We were driving on the M50 and must have missed our turn because when I looked on the map we had already passed it so we decided to pull off and ask directions to make sure. We stopped at a Shell gas station and asked the guy there and he told us the quickest way would be to go back and pick up the road that we missed. He also gave us directions to Johnny Foxes from there. Back in the car we went and to Kilkenny. We got there around 2 and we going to check out the castle first but the tours were booked up until 4pm so that was the earliest that we could get in. We decided to do and went to the garden outside the castle and enjoyed the warm sunshine as the rest of the group took pictures. We headed towards the streets of the town and it was so picturesque and cute. I really wished that I had a camera. The cathedral that we went to was really old and we just stepped inside to glance at it as we didn't have time to pay for entrance and walk around as we had to get back for the castle tour and that's ok because I have seen a lot of churches and they seem to be pretty similar but the castles are all quite different. The castle was really cool to see. Back in the day all of the furniture had been sold and everything was destroyed so most of it was recreated stuff but it was modeled after the old stuff so it still looked really cool. They wouldn't let us take any pictures, which was really weird because it was all replicas. This is one of the few places I have been which have restricted cameras. The part I thought was really interesting was they had a coat check place where you had to put your cameras and large purses but they wouldn't let you leave your coat there. If they are going to go through all that work, why not take your coat too? Or maybe not call it a coat check then? I don't know. After we got done seeing the castle we headed back towards Dublin. It should only have taken us about 1.5 hours but for some crazy reason with the traffic and construction on the roads it took lots longer, more like 2.5 hours. On the way back we decided to stop at the pub in the mountains called Johnny Foxes. We had to go back to the place where we had been earlier that day and for some reason we didn't understand the directions we had written down so instead of getting lost in the dark, we went back inside and asked for clarification. It was a little bit of a drive up to the top and would have been an amazing view if it hadn't been dark because we were driving up on the side and could see all the lights and even the outline of the coast. I wish there hadn't been construction and we would have gotten there with some light. We finally got there and had been worried we weren't going to find it and there was nowhere to ask for directions and it was dark and the roads were narrow. But all of a sudden it was there!! The back of it looked like a dump and I freaked out at first but then we saw the front and it was really cute. I am sure the view of the city is gorgeous right from the front of the pub also. Anyways this is the highest pub in Ireland and has won a number of food awards, has live Irish Music everyday (although we missed it) and is known for their seafood. It was such a cute little place with so many antiques all over. The walls were packed, stuff was hanging from the ceiling and the furniture and chairs were a little mismatched. It's hard to explain exactly, but it was cool and a nice way to end our trip to Ireland. (Once I get photos from the girls that were with me, you can see this place) We had amazingly good food. I forget what I had ordered exactly but it was a piece of fish on a bed of vegetables with a side of pasta. The vegetables were so good and I really liked the soft fish. While we had been waiting for our food we got some bread and that was soft and really yummy also. I regret to inform you that like so many of my food experiences there is a picture for you to see, but due to my cameras, there is no photo. However, Christine ordered the same thing and took a picture of hers, so maybe I can get that! We drove back down the mountain and to the airport. We cleaned out the car, which was a huge mess and then headed to the airport. Our flight wasn't until 6.30AM but we had to either drop the car off by 11.30 or pay for another day. It took a little while to find a place to sit/campout/sleep but we did and then hung out for a while before going to sleep. Talk about great sleeping quarters this trip!!!