Friday, October 16, 2009

Some sights from Germany and Ireland

As some of you know, I came to Germany for a short vacation. I  also traveled to Ireland while on this side of the world.  I have taken over 300 pictures while traveling around (and I still have three days here) and I thought I would share these with anyone who reads my blog. Just a small taste of the sights and sounds I have experienced while here in Germany and Ireland.



This first picture is the skyline of Frankfurt. Also called Mainhatten because it is the only city in Germany with skyscrapers. This view is from Flößerbrücke, a bridge the crosses the Main river.

This area is know as Römerplatz. It is the oldest  part of Frankfurt. Most of Frankfurt was destroyed during the war, but this area survived. What was damaged was restored to it's original state.


This is the Dom, in Köln. What an amazing place. Breathtakingly beautiful, both inside and out. It took over 600 years to build it! There are 509 steps up a spiral staircase to the top and a view some 321 feet above the ground. 

 

 



Here we have the Blarney Castle, in County Cork, Ireland. This is where the famous Blarney Stone is kept. Another ascent up a spiral staircase. Not as high, only about 90 or so feet above ground, but much narrower. Then, you sit with your back towards the stone and someone firmly holds your feet. You lean far back and downward into the abyss while grasping the iron rails Then you lower yourself until your head is even with the stone, give it a quick kiss and you receive the gift of Eloquence, or so the story goes.  It can be quite scary, but something you should do if ever you get to Ireland. 


This is the Cathedral of St. Colman, in Cobh, Ireland. The cross at the very top is some 295ft. above ground. It is a beautiful church and stands overlooking Cork Harbor.




The rest of these are just fun pictures I took along the way...the fence at an old church we stopped at while on the way to Cobh. A half pint of Murphy's stout I enjoyed while on the Blarney Castle grounds, and some lovely flowers I found blooming along a path I wandered on. I hope you enjoyed this little trip to Germany and Ireland with me.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, I feel like I visited with you! Look forward to your return to baking! Take care!

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  2. Great pictures! I've never been to either Germany or Ireland, but really want to go.

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  3. Love the photos - looks like you had a great time! I am especially fond of the fence picture. Serene.

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