We all kissed the Blarney Stone. We all pretty much said we weren’t going to kiss the Blarney Stone, but once we got to the top of Blarney Castle, and were inadvertantly standing in the line to kiss it, we felt it’d be pretty silly to not do it. Really.
You have to lay on your back and kiss the thing upside down, after hundreds of grimy backpackers and elderly tourists have done it ahead of you that day. I wonder if they sanitize it after closing time.
The Blarney Stone is supposed to bequeath eloquence upon you, or give you the “gift of gab”. We mostly felt like…we’d kissed a slimy rock. We didn’t pay to get copies of the pictures.
On from Blarney we stopped at Waterford to tour the Waterford Crystal facility. This, I swear, was the boys’ idea.
Waterford Crystal makes a lot of famous sports trophies, and custom makes items for celebrities, along with all the bowls and wine glasses they sell. Our tour guide at one point indicated three shelves holding golf trophies, one of which was missing.
“It was here yesterday, I don’t know what happened to it,” she said.
Later, at the examples of custom celebrity pieces, she said they used to have Larry Hagman’s crystal cowboy hat, but she wasn’t sure where it had gone either.
“I’m sure it’ll turn up,” she said.
We thought about swiping Garth Brooks’s crystal boot. They wouldn’t have missed it.