11.04.2013 - 11.04.2013 10 °C
Today we left Inistioge for Killarney, which was a 3.5 hour drive. On the way we stopped at a town called Cashel to visit Saint Patrick's Rock (the Rock of Cashel), which happens to have been visited by Queen Elizabeth (this is what excited me most about going there). When we did get there however, the weather was very much against us. It was raining much more than cats and dogs... elephants and whales more like it. But my parents braved through the storm to find some more information on the place, and whether the majority of it was covered or not. When they came back to the car the rain had almost stopped, and in a matter of minutes after that, the sun had come out and the rain seemed to be finally over.
It is said that Saint Patrick's Rock is where Saint Patrick banished Satan from a cave, as well as being the site where Saint Patrick converted the King of Munster to Christianity. Cormac's Chapel is also by the castle, and it is the chapel of King Cormac Mac Carthaigh. Hannah and I just made jokes about how it's actually Cormac McLaggan's chapel, who is secretly a saint, not an annoying, self-centered Quidditch player
We watched an audio visual presentation (a video for those of you who aren't aware), which was actually pretty interesting and informative, and even if it looked like it hadn't been updated since the camera was invented, we didn't mind. We opted out of the guided tour, as most of the castle was under restoration, so there wouldn't be much for the guide to actually show us. We wandered around the outside mostly, looking at the view and the small cemetery out back. Inside they had a small museum with replicas of old artifacts, as well as a 'shrine' to Queen Elizabeth's visit, complete with pictures and the book in which she and Philip signed their names. The pen they used is also kept in the glass box along with the signatures.
After the castle we stopped for soup at a restaurant nearby. The soup was passable, but I have definitely seen better bread. Soon we were back on our way though, and I was back to my nap.
Our new place is very comfortable, complete with two bathrooms, a TV and Wi-Fi (hallelujah!). My plan for tonight is to try to persuade the rest of my family to watch as many West Wings as possible, but I think I may only receive two.... oh, the hardships I have to endure.