Posted by: davepidgeon | February 12, 2009

Cliffs of No Moher

Via Rick Steves, some changes have come to the famous Cliffs of Moher in western Ireland:

On the west coast of Ireland, one of the great free thrills of travel is no longer allowed. At the Cliffs of Moher, rangers now keep visitors from getting near the edge of the towering cliff that marks the west edge of Europe.

I guess that means photos like this:

 

The sign said "Please," but those views just wouldn't wait.

The sign said "Please," but those views just wouldn't wait.

And this:

 

Could I get just a little closer to the edge, acrophobic?

Could I get just a little closer to the edge, acrophobic?

Are no longer possible. Shame. The site was one you can never forget. I know seeing the Cliffs of Moher is something akin to seeing the the Grand Canyon in Arizona – seems every tourist does it. But to behold the cliffs, which rise out of the aquamarine Irish ocean for several hundred feet like a guardian wall against invaders and sea storms, cannot be adequately captured in words or photos. You must see it for yourself. Or least you used to. If your jaw didn’t drop standing there near the edge, you simply cannot ever be impressed by geology or natural vistas.  The finer views of the Cliffs come from the areas that now appear to be cut off to visitors. 

A least I’ll always have the memory of my little Irish rebellion.

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