Friday, May 18, 2007

Day2- Dublin to Glendalough

We started our day out early, with the excitement of going to Dublin coursing through our veins, 1 part nervousness, 2 parts anticipation. On the way, we found a very pretty unnamed castle off the main road. Well, I'm sure it has a name, we just don't know it.




This place was so cool. It had a great vibe to it. Hard to explain. Kind of felt like I'd been there before :)




Once into Dublin, we immediately started shopping and my mom bought this lovely woven wool wrap for me...sigh...so pretty. I just adore these colors.




We pretty much stuck to the City Centre, saw the Book of Kells and the Trinity College Old Library... another sigh... we even saw Art Fotle there (inside joke...mom). I'm going to say this really quietly and maybe you won't notice... we had lunch at Burger King...gasp!




Isn't this sidewalk art incredible? I had to give him a Euro for his time.




We made a quick stop in the Gin Palace Pub for a pint as we were wrapping up our time there.





We were spending the night in a hostel in Glendalough, so we gave ourselves a bit of time to enjoy the ride through the Wicklow Mountains. We found this gorgeous old church and took a few pictures within the ruins of it. (note my mom's snazzy new socks- my gift to her for Mothers Day- I used the Sockotta yarn that Cary sent me).





Down the road from this church, was a very pretty field full of sheep :)




Baa-baa...black sheep :)




We also noticed that the countryside is full of this shrubbery with bold yellow flowers and HUGE thorny spikes, called Gorse. This stuff looks brutal to walk through.




When we reached Glendalough, we grabbed another pint and a GORGEOUS $50 piece of chicken...I'm sure it wasn't that much, but man oh man, the US dollar does not go very far over there.





Like mother...




Like daughter... :P




After dinner, we strolled through the old monastic village of St. Kevin. Supposedly this place was founded in the late 500's by this guy who sat in a tree, had a bird lay an egg in his hand, talked a doe into nursing some king's baby, and had a pet cow who licked his clothes...ummm, OK... whatever you people say :P It was a very pretty place, very peacefull, nestled between two mountains with a lake at the top and at the bottom of it.




My mom's building rockets...shhhh.... :) This is actually a storage tower that also served as a place of refuge during Saxon raids...or it's a rocket...




Day three tomorrow. We're heading back towards Galway on the West coast.

2 Comments:

At 3:53 PM, Blogger knitting2relax said...

Wow! Thanks for the pictures.

 
At 6:49 AM, Blogger meg said...

fab pics, lady! looks like you two had a great time. everything is so beautiful there.

 

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