|We are now driving toward Northern Ireland and enjoying the journey. The countryside is vibrant green and fresh. The people are friendly and the food available is certainly homemade. The homemade whole grain breads are very hearty and delicious. The fruits are always fresh and sweet. There is lots of walking to do, so it's a good balance.
We stopped at the Rock of Cashel, a rocky stronghold built on a large limestone hill, so it is quite an imposing view. From the 4th or 5th century it was the seat of the King of Munster, whose kingdom extended over much of Southern Ireland. In 1101 it was turned over to the Church, and in 1647 it fell to a siege by a Cromwellian army. The tour, which included information about St. Patrick and the remains of ancient frescos, was quite interesting.
After another hour on the road, we took another rest stop. This time we stopped at the Irish National Stud Farm. The horses here, all champions, include the most beautiful horses on earth. There is a section for mares and newborn foals too. Our guide told us that stud fees here are between $6,000 and $60,000 - depending on the horse you select. Insurance requires that the horses be guarded 24/7 and none of them may be saddled or ridden.
We resumed our journey for a short drive to Dublin where we spent the night.