This morning started with another 2 1/2 hour rehearsal with the festival choir. I stopped in for a bit and am so excited about the concert tomorrow night. They sound spectacular!
Today took us to the edge of the cliff! We traveled from Limerick to the Cliffs of Moher where we had the most beautiful and clear weather. Most have seen pictures of this or have seen the cliffs in movies such as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Princess Bride , or Into the West but today we got to experience it all ourselves. These cliffs were formed over 320 million years ago when the area was warmer and at the mouth of a large river. The sand and mud from the river settled and created the rock layers that make up the cliffs. You can clearly see these layers as you look over. Also at the bottom of the cliff is Aileen's which is the largest surfing wave in Ireland and was the site of the movies "Sea Fever" and "Wave Riders".
Most everyone hiked one direction or the other, although some went both ways. We stood on top of 700 foot cliffs looking directly down on the Atlantic Ocean below and the waves crashing against the rocks. Such a soothing sight and sound. Also along the path were traditional Irish musicians playing harps, banjos, or squeezebox (small accordion looking instrument).
Dinner tonight was together with all the festival choirs at the Pavilion right on the University Campus followed by another 2 1/2 hour rehearsal for tomorrow's concert. We are all exhausted from our excursion tonight so it is promising to be a quiet night.