September 10, 2013

Travel Tuesday: Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland


Early this year, I spent a week touring Ireland.  There were so many wonderful sites along the journey, but my favorite was the afternoon we spent at the Cliffs of Moher in County Clare.  I happened to be in Ireland during the coldest winter in years, and this day on the Cliffs was bitterly cold.  There was an atmospheric mist in the air and quite a wind blowing in from the water.  Many people were disappointed it wasn't a clear day so we could see the Arran Islands and Galway Bay in the distance, but I loved it.  The Cliffs are so mysterious looking, and the weather made it even more so.  Can't you just imagine a princess being held in O'Brien's Tower, awaiting her prince to rescue her?  After seeing this magical place in person, I was not surprised to learn that many movies have filmed scenes at the Cliffs.  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince used one of the sea caves for a scene where Harry and Dombledore look for one of the Horcruxes that contains a part of Voldemort's soul.  The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies, also filmed here.  When Wesley scales the Cliffs of Insanity as he searches for Princess Buttercup, he is really climbing the Cliffs of Moher.  And who can forget Inigo's famous line "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." as he and Wesley duel on the Cliff's summit?   That movie shaped my imagination as a girl, no wonder I was so captivated by the Cliffs of Moher.  If you ever travel to Ireland, be sure to include a visit.  You won't regret it, no matter the weather!


Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland



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