As detailed in my earlier post, we had a hard time deciding what to do with our five days in
We’d resigned ourselves to flying out of some inconvenient airport on Ryanair, but then discovered that at the late hour at which we were purchasing tickets, Lufthansa cost only a few Euros more, had better timing, and went from the easiest airport to get to, Frankfurt am Main. Ryanair flies into Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden and Frankfurt Hahn (nowhere near
So, we had a great flight on Lufthansa! Passport control was friendly and easy, though it looked like some of the other lines had more prying officials. (I had started to worry that they’d ask us the name of where we were staying and I’d have no idea how to pronounce the name of it!) We’d found a car in advance through irishcarrentals.com and went to pick it up. We don’t have a car so we had to purchase car insurance for the rental, and Damon had done so through the website. But, when we went to pick up the car, they said they wouldn’t recognize the insurance we bought, so we had to put up a 1200 EUR deductible in advance, which would be refunded when we returned the car. The limit on our bank credit cards is only 500 EUR, so this was a problem. We can call the bank for a temporary increase on the limit, but it takes some time to get to the right person at the bank (they pass you around a bit) and we didn’t know in advance that this would be a problem. So, we ended up having to purchase car insurance from the rental company in addition to the insurance we’d already bought. So, don’t buy the insurance from the internet, unless you have room in your credit limit for the giant deductible!!
Damon was nervous as hell about driving on the left-hand side of the road. I failed to learn how to drive a stick, though, so it was all him. It was madness at first – the stick on the wrong side, the steering wheel on the wrong side, the wipers on the wrong side, everything wrong wrong wrong. Despite all this, we successfully made it out of the airport and out of the
We found a pub that looked cheaper than the others. The menus were hand-written! (See photos.) A friend of the waitress walked in, and she said, “How’s you?” The overall style of the bar was much more similar to an American bar than a German one. I guess that’s why Americans in
We continued down the road and saw an exit sign for the Clonmacnois monastery ruin, so we decided to try it. I got out the book to look it up and it turns out that it’s a major site that attracts a lot of tourists. When we got there, two buses full of German-speaking tourists had just pulled in! There was also a large French group there. We managed to get around the crowds and check it all out – see the pictures! The monastery has a museum with several high crosses (large, detailed crosses) from the church grounds inside, and it is situated right on the
We continued onward toward
As we pulled in to Spiddal, the road was very narrow and lined with parked cars that narrowed it even further. Very ugly when there’s two-way traffic. It was clearly bugging Damon, as he was inching closer and closer to the side of the road and all those parked cars. So, it was time for the warning he asked for.
“Hey, you’re getting really close to these parked cars over here, you should move over.”
A block later the situation hadn’t improved. “Hey, um, you’re still REALLY close on this si….” *THWACK*