The last day.

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Powerscourt House.

     Today was a sad day because it was our last day of vacation. It had been a little over 3 weeks of heaven and the impending doom of getting back to real world started to set in. Despite our feelings of sadness we finished our last day with more beautiful sights.

     First stop was Powerscourt House and Gardens. Powerscourt is touted as the finest garden in Europe and it doesn't disappoint. The garden was started in the 1730's by the first Viscount of Powerscourt, Richard Wingfield and was completed between 1858 and 1875 by the 7th viscount. Powerscourt House was gutted by fire in 1974 but parts have been restored including the ground floor which now houses a bunch of really cool shops.  Like Mt.

Looking out in the gardens.
Usher there were many  gardens within gardens, but Powerscourt had Hobbitland. Now, I can't for the life of me remember whether it was actually called hobbitland or if we made that up but parts of it really did look like it was taken from a page of Tolkein. Also in the garden at the outskirts of the rose garden was a huge wrought iron gate with gilded gold decorations; it was absolutely beautiful. Once we left the garden we headed over to Powerscourt Waterfall.

     We took our last scenic drive around the old military road through the Wicklow Mountains and then took Haldir back to the rental agency. That was a sad moment dropping off Haldir. Out ending mileage was 10,701 so we put a total of 2,363 miles on car in a little over 3 weeks of driving in Ireland. It was a great trip. Idl like to say it was a once in a lifetime trip but we look a month long trip to the Scottish Highlands in the spring of 2005 (see Euphemy's Scotland blog) and I fully plan on going back to the UK and Ireland as long as I have my health, (which I have) and money  (not so much, lol).  But my God what an awesome vacation we had!

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Powerscourt House.
Powerscourt House.
Looking out in the gardens.
Looking out in the gardens.
I love the Pegasus.
I love the Pegasus.
HOBBITLAND!!
HOBBITLAND!!
The Dolphin Garden.
The Dolphin Garden.
The Japanese Garden.
The Japanese Garden.
The Pet Cemetary.
The Pet Cemetary.
The gilded gate.
The gilded gate.
Me in front of Powerscourt Waterfa…
Me in front of Powerscourt Waterf…
Views from the military road in th…
Views from the military road in t…
Goodbye Haldir.
Goodbye Haldir.
Kerry loves this one.
Kerry loves this one.
We both love this one.
We both love this one.
This is my favorite, not only the …
This is my favorite, not only the…
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