We take a break from this week's "Jackie's Top 5" because Jackie lost track of time and did not have enough time to research for that type of post. So, you will see another Top 5 in 2 weeks (stay tuned!)
This week we are going to have a little story time. So sit criss-cross-applesauce and put on your listening ears kids, because so I have a story for you.
If you didn't know, my Junior year of college I studied at the University of Limerick in Limerick, Ireland, for one semester. One of the most fun experiences I had in Ireland was with my flatmates when we visited the famous Cliffs of Moher in Galway, Ireland.
One of the most touristy things one can do in Ireland is to ride the "Paddywagon Bus." The bus is painted bright green, with a giant leprechaun painted on it, and is known throughout the country for its incredible cheesiness. The Paddywagon company offers guided tours throughout the Irish countryside, and honestly, it was one of the best things to do in the country. Not having to figure out navigating public transportation and knowing exactly what you are doing sounds like the perfect trip to me.
The tour my flatmates and I chose to do was the Cliffs of Moher tour, which cost 25 euros for the day (about $30 back then.) I actually worked out what it would be if you took the bus to and from Galway, and for 25 euros, you are getting a good deal.
The trip lasted the whole day, with small stops in between for lunch and bathroom breaks. We stopped in this cute little town outside of the Cliffs for lunch. I had traditional Irish stew, which was fantastic (and a bit pricey - 18 euro). Anyone who knows anything about me knows I am not one to spend money, but I decided to splurge just a bit in order to eat anything else but the awful Irish college food I had been eating at the time.
After lunch and a bit of lite shopping, we finally made our way to the Cliffs of Moher! I had no idea what to expect, so when I arrived, it took my breath away (just see the pictures for yourself.)
In order to see off the edge of the cliffs, you need to hike some ways (which I was not expecting.) I would suggest not buying cheap shoes from Primark and wearing them to the muddy cliffs...oh well, lesson learned. There is a clearly marked path for tourists to stop and take pictures, but off to the side there was a smaller, gravel trail that lead up to the side of the rocks where you could sit down.
Sitting on the edge of a cliff 700 feet up probably wasn't my smartest move - but hey, it made for great pictures!
Praise the Lord I did not drop my phone or purse or anything ...
Anyway! If you are in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher is one of the places that you must visit.