How is it the last day of March?! 2019 is a quarter of the way through — how are you feeling about your year? Are you on track with your goals?
I’ll be honest, I…am behind. Ah well. Such is life some days, right?
Still, we get one last trip to Ireland to close out the month – and that’s not a bad thing.
For this week, I dug into the photos from our first trip to Ireland. The pictures aren’t as good (though at the time they were amazing digital pictures — we went in 2003 and if you remember the state of digital photography back then? It was rough. We had an ENORMOUS camera that you had to put 3.5″ discs in to store your photos. And each disc could hold like 10 pictures. I think we took 20 discs – maybe 25 – and we filled them all. Technology, y’all. It changes when you blink.)
ANYWAY – I chose three of my favorites for this week. First up is Powerscourt. If you’ve seen the recentish (like 2000) movie of The Count of Monte Cristo (with Jim Caveziel in it?) – a good bit of it was filmed here and it was fun to walk across the courtyard and think about how they’d used it for the movie.
There’s a scene in the movie when a cart drives around this little lake and you get a glimpse of the house up these steps like this. So fun.
Next up? Monasterboice.
Now looking at this gorgeous stone cross (the likes of which you can find all over Ireland. Honestly, they’re some of my favorite things to look for and study closer.) you don’t think much beyond “So cool.” But in person? It’s 18 feet tall. I wish we’d gotten a picture with one of us standing by it for scale, but alas, we did not.
The round tower (like you see in the back, behind the cross) is also a great example of something you see all over Ireland. Round towers were very popular for defensive purposes. Their entrances are all quite high off the ground and residents could pull in the ladder and effectively seal themselves in against any attacks.
Last, but not least, is Newgrange.
This is a neolithic (~5000 years old!) passage tomb. You can take a tour inside (it’s dark, cool, and close. Claustrophobics need not apply.) But the center, where the graves were, is really quite cool. It’s also an amazing feat of engineering (particularly when you think about how old it is) — and it’s set up such that on the winter solstice, the sun rises and lights up the passage and center perfectly. People apparently queue for tickets to be there for that a loooong time in advance.
And that ends our brief little foray into Ireland. I hope you enjoyed it!
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