Newgrange

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Newgrange.

     We started out the day by heading to Newgrange which was another huge passage tomb which sits in the Boyne Valley. We took a guided tour which was amazing just due to the sheer amount of information that they have learned about the tomb. The most amazing thing to me was there was a several year wait (at least in 2003) to view the winter solstice from inside the tomb. I am still amazed by the detailed carvings on the standing stone that blocked the door to the passage.

     After we had toured Newgrange we headed out to the car only to find that it wouldn't start. Now the car only had 8,338 miles on it and although I had heard "left, get over to the left, you're on the wrong side of the road" about 500 times or so in the previous 1 1/2 days and had continually bumped the left rear tire off of every curb at every left hand turn we had made, I didn't think that I had broken the car.

The entrance to the tomb.
So we head back to the visitor's center to call Avis. This of course turned into a fiasco because evidently there is some rule about dialing a 1 when you call somewhere and for the life of me I can't remember whether you do dial the 1 or if that is only to call from the states. ANYWAY,  2 guys who worked at Newgrange came out to the car to look at it to see if they could find the problem. They promptly shifted the car into park started it and we were on our merry way. To this day I have no idea how the car ended up in neutral but I blamed Kerry cause she was the last person in the car, lol. The whole group of us got a good laugh out of it tho. We should have just got a big old TOURIST  sticker to put on the car and on each one of us but isn't that part of the fun of vacation?

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Newgrange.
Newgrange.
The entrance to the tomb.
The entrance to the tomb.
The  carved standing stone that bl…
The carved standing stone that b…
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