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When last we left our intrepid heroine...well, I'm not sure what she was doing but there was probably Guinness involved.
So, here's #2 in the travelogue, whether you like it or not. :)
Monday was....sleeping in. I think we finally got out of the hotel by noon. Took care of errands (bank, internet cafe) and then off to Kilmainham Goal (jail). It's where the leaders of the various revolutions have been jailed, so much of the tour is a look at the fights for independence from
Boy, this country is really fabulous if you're a history nut (any history in the last, say 5,000 years).
Had an early dinner and went to bed for a long night's sleep.
Tuesday we had The Big Adventure -- driving in
How anyone who is used to right-hand driving manages this on their own is beyond me. Jeff was behind the wheel but it absolutely took two of us to get out of town and to our destination. He concentrated on staying on the correct side of the road (and not clipping cars on our left) and I figured out what we were supposed to be doing.
We were both pretty worn out when we got to our destination, Newgrange.
Newgrange is a 5,000 year old burial chamber and religious site north of
So, we had a lovely tour and visit inside the burial chamber. Quite small and you better not be too tall on the way in. It gave me a chance to really re-think my notions of Stone Age people.
Hadn't really thought of it that way before and, of course, not all of that is literally true. Still, it's a good vacation if someone makes me look at the world in a new way.
From there, took some unbelievably tiny roads to our hotel. These country roads are narrow and bounded on both sides by 6' and 7' hedges planted, literally, to the side of the road. So every curve is a blind curve and you can NOT pull off the road, at all. Sorta like running between jersey barriers.
I was worn out by it and I wasn't even driving!
The next day, we headed to the castle at Trim. It's an Anglo-Norman castle (for those of you who know of such things). One of the largest and best preserved in
Our guide, Jacqueline, loves her country's history and mythology and was just a fountain of good and interesting information about the castle, about the area, everything. What fun! We had a long tour (there were only 4 of us) and loved every minute of it.
Then to the Hill of Tara, the historic site for crowning the High King. It's just out in the middle of the country, at the intersection of two country lanes. You need to pick up a guidebook at the local bookshop, and it's worth it. I really enjoyed rambling across the multi-acre site (and avoiding the sheepshit everywhere, since the sheep also have free rein of the site). Some really cool stuff there, including the 'FairyTree' (which has coins stuck in all its crevasses). For those of you into it, it definitely has 'good energy'.
Then we headed across country to
There are no 'interstates' or 'freeways' in
For you speed freaks, it would be frustrating. But you really do get to see the country, up close and personal. My favorite scene was near
Never was a cow so sad-looking!
But we made it to