Sunday, March 18
We’re done with Dublin, and we hit the road! Â There’s snow on it!
- Newgrange. Â Alas, the site itself is closed by snow, so this is as close as we get. (Joe: 2, 3 if you get to the site)
- Battle of the Boyne. Â Closed for snow. Â (Joe: 1)
- Some random monastery that we stumble across. Â (Joe: 3)
- Another random monastery, this one with a circular tower. Ireland has a lot of random monasteries. Â And circular towers. Â And castles. Â And ruins of one sort or other. (Joe: 2)
- The Hills of Tara, homes of the ancient Irish High King. Â Irish kings apparently liked being in high, cold, windy places. (Joe: 5)
Some kids were sledding there – right where the High King hung out. Â Neat!
- Another random monastery. Â (Joe: 3)
- Trim Castle, closed for the weather, wonderful from the outside. (Joe: 3, 4 when its open)
More sledding kids, these ones using plastic bags as sled. Â (They don’t get much snow in Ireland. Â Well, other than this year – this was their second big snow in two weeks.)
Monday, March 19
We leave Dublin and hit the road for points south.
- The beautiful lakes of Glendalough. Â Not all that beautiful covered in snow. Â The drive through snow-covered mountains is nice, though. Â (Joe: 2, 3 for the drive)
- Kilkenny for some shopping, and a chance to beat on a giant drum. Â (Joe: 2, 3 for the drum)
- The Rock of Cashel, perhaps the most dramatic site in Ireland. Â Ruined cathedral on top of a cold windy hill. Â Very cold and windy – so they used to have an Irish king who lived there. (Joe: 5)
- That night, we stay at Waterford Castle, which turns out to require us to take a ferry. Â (Joe: 4 for the hotel, 3 for the ferry ride)