torrie's travels


Blarney! March 22, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 6:31 pm

That’s right…we’re going to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.  Or at least I am going to kiss the Blarney Stone.  For someone as OCD as I, you might be surprised to hear that I am going to do that.  Rumor has it that people pee on it.  Not to mention all the people who’s lips kiss it.  No matter.  I will bring Purell!  Nothing’s stopping me from kissing the Blarney Stone.  In my job, I need all the eloquence and persuasiveness I can get, right?

Not familiar with the story behind the Blarney Stone?  It dates back to one of my fave eras (thanks to my BF Jonathan Rhys Meyers)…the Tudors!  The Blarney Stone was set into the armament of the Castle in 1446.  When Queen Elizabeth I reigned (daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn), she sought an oath of loyalty (or the castle) from the Lord of Blarney.  The Lord used great diplomacy in his communications with the Queen, never being disrespectful, but never giving in, either!  Upon receipt of letters from the Lord, Queen Elizabeth was rumored to state, “It’s all a bunch of blarney!”

So this will be me come September!  On my back, tilting backwards, and being held onto by an employee!


And here’s a photo of the Castle!




Rock of Cashel March 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 2:48 am

In County Tipperary, which is considered the Midlands, sits the Rock of Cashel.  This is also known as St. Patrick’s Rock.  This area was the seat of Munster rule in Ireland until the Norman invasion and rivaled Tara (see below) as the center of power in Ireland.  The clan that ruled at Cashel was associated with St. Patrick, hence the other name.  Also, it is said that St. Patrick converted the King of Munster here.  The Rock remained largely intact throughout many invasions, including Cromwell’s invasion in 1647.  The Rock of Cashel is actually comprised of a number of buildings: Cathedral, Round Tower, and Cormac’s Chapel, to name a few.




When Loren and I watched travel videos, this was a site that we were definitely interested in touring!  As a plus for me, it is located only about 30 minutes from Clonmel.  What is in Clonmel, you ask?  That is where they brew Magners, er, em, Bulme’s!!  My favorite cider!!  It is sold as Magners in the US, but is Bulmers in Ireland.  I hope to stop in Clonmel and drink a Bulmers in its hometown!



I am going to IRELAND!! March 8, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 3:49 am

Ok, so your response to this is probably, “thank you, captain obvious,” but what I mean is….we bought our plane tickets today!!  Woo Hoo!!  We leave on Monday, September 3 and return Friday, September 14.  I am worried it won’t be enough time to do everything, but I feel like I could be there a month and it wouldn’t be enough time!  I can’t believe we have plane tickets to Ireland.  This is really happening!

Also?  I got an iPhone today.  All in all, this has been a pretty awesome week…and after last week, I needed it!!


Oops…forgot one! March 3, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 1:27 am

So I thought I was finished with Dublin sites, but I forgot one.  And I can’t believe that I forgot it…it’s very possibly the one I am looking forward to the most!  Kilmainham Gaol!!  For those of you who aren’t aware, “gaol” is “jail” in Ireland and England.  Kilmainham played a large part in the various Irish rebellions, as it held, and in some cases, executed the rebel prisoners. Kilmainham Gaol was built in 1796 and has been a museum, I think, since the 1980’s.

If you’ve ever watched Michael Collins, both Collins and Irish rebel leader Eamon de Valera were imprisoned there after the Easter Rising.   The leaders of that rebellion were executed, but both Collins and de Valera were released.  Collins and de Valera continued fighting for Irish independence from England.  It’s an inspirational story that, unfortunately, does not have a happy ending.  At least not for Michael Collins.  But I appreciate this quote from de Valera: “It is my considered opinion that in the fullness of time history will record the greatness of Michael Collins and it will be recorded at my expense.”