Thursday, September 10, 2009

Getting out of Dublin

We rented a car and got out of Dublin for Chelsea's last couple of days in Ireland. The first day Chelsea helped me navigate the Dublin streets, then we grabbed the pups and headed to County Wicklow to Glendalough and Sally Gap and bog jumping!

First up was the 5000 year old passage tomb of Newgrange. This monument which dates even before the pyramids was built by the sun-worshipping people that inhabited Ireland in ancient times. It was built to light up only one day a year, on the winter soltice. It's quite amazing.

We then jumped 4000 or so years forward in time and visited Trim Castle, the largest of the Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was quite impressive.

And across from Trim Castle is St. Patrick's Church, a beautiful church whose altar has been decorated in a motif reminicent of the Book of Kells. It was the most beautiful church I've seen in Ireland.

And all that was great. But the real excitement of the day was ending Chelsea's trip at our modern-day monument, IKEA! A great day, but also sad since it was Chelsea's last.

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