★Blarney Stone (巧言石)
Montagne: We're talking to Catherine Price about her book, 101 Places Not to See Before You Die. Now, I gather you got in trouble—at least about one of these destinations—and that's the 18)Blarney Stone in Ireland.
Ms. Price: Oh, yeah. I got into big trouble for that. I'm also in trouble with Nevada because I included the entire state. But...but for the Blarney Stone, when I hear about a destination whose main attraction is giving you the chance to kiss a piece of stone that's been kissed by hundreds of thousands of people, that is not something that I personally need to do.
But as you can imagine, the tourist board—and in particular, the marketing department of the Blarney Stone—was not really excited to hear that that was on the list.
I actually had a very sweet exchange with the woman in charge. And she would like me—and therefore, all of our listeners—to know that you can actually request a special cleaning of the stone before you kiss it, if you would like.