Sunday, October 25, 2015

Change of Scenery

We optimistically got up early this morning, to watch the Aggies play Ole Miss, before we hit the road and headed south, toward Limerick. It was fortunate that the drive was so lovely, as it helped ease the pain we felt when that game was over.

On the way to our next destination, we made a very important stop at The Cliffs of Insanity, which everyone else seems to call The Cliffs of Moher. Jeff asserts that it was the Cliffs of Insanity scene that truly helped him understand The Princess Bride, which consequently helped me to know he was the kind of guy for me. It just seemed so surreal to stand at the Cliffs of Insanity with my Sweetie, pointing to the cliffs and saying, "See! The Cliffs of Insanity!" which thoroughly embarrassed our kids. Good times.

Our kids also love The Princess Bride, but they were maybe more excited to learn that the Cliffs of Moher was also a filming location for a scene from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It really is a beautiful place, and we had fun, not only taking a short hike around the tops of the cliffs, but also taking in the exhibits in the visitor center.

We finally made it to our new home for the week--a lovely old stone building, with lots of space and a working pottery studio and shop in the back. We'll be jumping back into to a regular school schedule while we're here, but we may still try to slip in an adventure or two. You just never know.

We had a lovely drive down to Limerick.
Clay insisted the mountains with heavy cloud cover were volcanos.

I love that castles pop up all over the place!

"See! The Cliffs of Insanity!"

There's no bond like a Princess Bride bond!

O'Brien's Tower is the highest point at the Cliffs of Moher.

The Cliffs of Moher in all their glory.
(The cave toward the right of the photo is where the Harry Potter scene was filmed.
The rock jutting up from the water beyond that is where Princess Bride was filmed.) 

The other side of the Cliffs of Moher.
(Max loved that the rocks jutting up from the water looked like a mini Stonehenge.)

Fun in the visitor center

Ballymorris Cottage, our home for the week


  1. How cool to see the Princess Bride cliffs! I have to ask, does your little cottage have a few more windows elsewhere? and why are the two we see not symmetrically placed? Any guesses?

    1. Ha ha! You are a woman after my own heart--a lover of light, symmetry and The Princess Bride! I don't know why the front windows aren't symmetrical, but I noticed that immediately, as well. The back of the house has lots of windows/glass doors, and the upstairs bedrooms have huge skylights on the downward slope of the ceiling, so there is plenty of light! Here's a link, if you'd like to take a look:


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