Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ireland

Dublin
Dublin at night

Here are a few of my faves from our recent vacation in Ireland, from the first three days of the trip when it rained almost every day. The sun sets around 10:30 at night, and in Dublin, the night sky was this amazing turquoise blue color right after sunset. That color ain't photoshop! It was so cool.

Glendalough
Glendalough

There are a lot of ancient graveyards in Ireland. Glendalough was a 6th century monastery until the English destroyed it in 1398, which is a common theme in Ireland. Everywhere you look there is a monument or sign about something the English did, or someone that was brutally flogged or hanged or tortured etc. Oh those silly English troops...

Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle grounds

Blarney Castle
Most amazing tree ever in the Blarney Castle gardens

This tree was crazy...growing sideways off the ground and huge! With a little help, I was able to boost Neen into the tree, and she is sitting on her jacket since the tree was all wet from the rain. When it was my turn, I kind of just took a running start and jumped on it like it was a huge horse, almost splitting my pants in the process...and yes she got a picture of it.

Valentia Island
Ancient burial ground on Valentia Island

Valentia Island is this tiny island off the western coast of the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry. There is a five minute ferry ride to the island, and it is the westernmost settlement in Europe. We went to the westernmost coast of the island and yelled as loud as we could over to Montauk Point on Long Island, but I was disappointed to find out after we returned from our trip that no one heard us. Maybe they didn't have the windows open in the lighthouse, or maybe they were playing really loud music? I don't know what the problem was, cause we yelled reaaaally loud!

The sun came out for the second half of the trip, and the pictures are just so much better when it's not raining. Stay tuned...

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