09.07.2015 - 09.07.2015 18 °C
I think it is impossible to have a bad day in Ireland. There is just so much to do and so little time to do it in. Today was a full plate of highlights from dawn until evening. I do have to show this first, just so you all appreciate the lengths that we go through to get this blog to you. This is the state of charging my computer at the moment, if we die here it was the laptop that did it.
We are able to get all the energy for our day by starting with this delicacy. Sydney eats what is called the full Irish Breakfast. I usually just do the beans, toast, and sausage. We are well fed here and the B&Bs are amazing. Here was breaky today
The last of our itinerary in Dublin was a visit to Trinity College to see the most prized Irish Treasure, the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is, if my understanding is correct, one of, if not the oldest, surviving copy of the New Testament Gospels (Mathew, Mark, Luke and John). In addition to that the book is also filled with illuminations, essentially doodles inside the letters in the script, except really detailed and ornate. We couldn't take any pictures but I have provided a link below to help.
Even more impressive may have been the long room in the same building. It is a massive and old library with about 2 Million books and just beautiful. It reminds me a lot of the library of Congress, not as big but twice as impressive I think.
One of the highlights of the day may have been the surprising Powerscourt waterfall. This may be the most beautiful waterfall I have ever seen, and I have seen a bunch. I mean, Niagra is impressive but a top down view of a falls is never as good as a bottom up view and this waterfall was tall and you could get right up to it. Just stunning. The picture doesn't do it justice and this inst all the way up, but you get the idea. This is exactly the reason we travel the way we do. We avoid tours, rent a car and meander around all over. This hidden gem is shockingly not in any of the three guidebooks we own, was never on our agenda and we only ran into a sign saying there was a waterfall this direction. I just love the hidden surprises. On top of all this there was almost no one there. That is tough to beat
After the waterfalls it was time to see the rest of the Powerscourt grounds. Its like a little miniature Versaille it was pretty and well kept. Sydney and I discussed what we would do if we owned this house and all the land. I opted for giant Croquet game on the lawn, Sydney would do somersaults down the hills into the pond. it was fun and also had an odd pet cemetery. Notice the Wicklow mountain in the back, thats where we headed for a major hike in the evening.
The final part of our day was a beautiful walk through the Wicklow Mountains National Park in Glendalough. The Wicklow Way is a 7 day hike through the mountains that Syd and I were originally going to do but opted out of it and instead tuned into a evening stroll. We managed about 6 Km and most of it quite mountainous. We saw a couple of lakes and a Monastic city along the way, as well as more waterfalls and beautiful vistas. Here are a few pics for you to enjoy
Tomorrow is another full day with a handful of towns to visit and some friends to meet up with. I anticipate shenanigans. At some point in the blog I need to discuss a few things that I have noticed so far
1) Why is everyone in this country so beautiful, I mean there truly isn't an ugly person in this country. I will get to the bottom of this!!!
2) Why are the roads so narrow? Scary but I am getting used to the right hand drive cars and driving on the left side of the road. Haven't killed anyone yet, although there have been some unpleasantries.
3) Why is the fruit so good here. I will tell you from experience Canadians, what you think is Honey Dew Melow is a farce. You have been fooled. It is soooo much better here, as are the Oranges. I will do more research on this as well.