Saturday, September 1, 2012

Road Trip!

 Last Friday we took a road trip from Cork to Tipperary,but instead of travelling the motorway which bypasses all the towns en route we decided to take a detour into Cashel where we had not been for a long while.I was surprised at how well everywhere was looking until I realised of course Queen Elizabeth of England had paid a visit to the Rock of Cashel  in May 2011 and the work put in still shows in the lovely flowers in bloom around the town and the tourist influx as a result of the visit too with plenty of americans walking around .We spoke to one lovely man,a sprightly 87 yrs. from Cape Cod who travels to Ireland each year for the last 30yrs since he retired and is loving each visit!

 This lovely restuarant on the Main St. with Ryan being my middle name and with Tipperary origins I had to have a photo!

 This exquisite restuarant,Michelin starred,on the way to the Rock,most of it seems to be in a restored church,maybe for evening meals,while the smaller space maybe for lunches?

 Wooly jumpers for sale!

 Waiting for customers,5 euros per person,for a trot around the town.

 Next stop was Holy Cross  Abbey,here are the interior pictures.

 If you click to enlarge you can make out the inscriptions on the burial stones!

 Exterior view of part of the Abbey.
 Finally onto Boulick Cemetary in  the village of Gortnahoe,my late Mothers birthplace,where my grandparents are buried now,a very quite but picturesque area.