Saturday, May 09, 2009

Vacation 2009 - day 2

April 22, 2009 - Dublin

Got up after a good sleep, had breakfast in the hotel restaurant (Copper Alley Bistro), then went to catch the bus for the Tara/Newgrange tour.

The tour was very good. The guide gave us a lot of very good info about Dublin and Ireland as well as the sites we visited. First site was the hill of Tara, traditional home to the Irish kings. All of the buildings there are gone, so it is just a big empty hilltop with a great view, but it still had an interesting feel to it. The entrance is through the graveyard of a church converted to an interpretive center.

The main site was Newgrange. We got off the bus, saw a short video about the site, had lunch and then took a smaller bus up to the site. The site, with its reconstructed outside and intact interior was very neat, as was the fact that it had been there, much as we saw it, for five thousand years!

(photos of Dublin, Tara and Newgrange)

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