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  • Day7

    Newgrange Lodge

    April 12, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Unser letzter Stopp, bevor es morgen wieder zur Autovermietung und danach zum Flughafen geht. Kate will morgen bis 5Uhr wieder zu Hause sein und um 0650 geht ja auch der Flieger, was für uns bedeutet: früh ins Bett weil früh wieder aufstehen.
    Die Lodge ist relativ groß und ziemlich verwinkelt, aber die Gemeinschaftsbereiche sind absolut obergemütlich...im Gegensatz zu unserem Zimmer ganz am Ende des Flures. Hier haben 4 Leute Platz...aber am besten ohne Gepäck und ohne Übergewicht. Mutti hat sich auf eines der Einzelbetten geworfen, es quietschte laut hnd stand plötzlich leicht windschief da....schnell aufstehen, alles wieder gerade rücken und ab aufs Doppelbett, das war scheinbar noch heil. Ich drückte mich nach hinten auf das letzte Einzelbett, auch hier keine bösen Überraschungen. Jetzt heißt es noch etwas zu entspannen, später nochmal für Mutti was zu Essen jagen und dann kann der Tag auch schon vorbei gehen....viel wird hier nicht mehr passieren.Read more

  • Day23

    Bru na Boine

    June 29, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Auf dem Weg nach Dublin fahren wir noch nach Bru na Boine, um die große Ansammlung prähistorischer Kultstätten, die zwischen 3500 und 2500 v. Chr. entstanden sind, anzusehen. Einige von ihnen, darunter die mit großen Megalithen eingefassten Grabhügel, sind erhalten geblieben.
    Da das Visitorcenter im Umbau ist, brauchen wir keinen Eintritt zu bezahlen. Wir bekommen eine Tour für 13:00, um zwei der ehemals drei großen Grabhügel zu besichtigen.
    Ein Bus bringt uns zuerst nach Knowth, dem größten. Ein spanischer Führer mit megaachlechtem Akzent empfäng uns. Er erzählt uns was zur Geschichte und zeigt uns (leider) nur Filmaufnahmen vom Inneren. Wir dürfen noch nach oben - wow, wie groß die sind...
    Danach fahren wir nach Newgrange, dem bekanntesten der Grabhügel. Dort dürfen wir mit einer kleinen Gruppe von Leuten hinein. Ein sehr schmaler Gang führt ins Innere. Man sieht die großen Steine und tolle Felszeichnungen. Alle drei Grabhügel sind so ausgerichtet, dass zum Winteranfang die Sonne genau durch den Eingang in die Grabkammer scheint. Das wird mit einem Lichtstrahl immitiert. Voll toll.
    Übrigens, sind alle drei Grabhügel aus tonnenschweren Steinen aufgeschichtet, die bis heute alle wasserdicht sind!
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  • Day41

    Ireland's Ancient East

    October 14, 2018 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today didn’t turn out quite as I’d planned. I had a list of ancient and medieval sites to visit. While I visited most of them I didn’t get to see much. I went to Loughcrew to see ancient burial sites but they were closed due to surveys being done.
    I came across The Spire of Lloyd (not on my list) which is a folly in the shape of a lighthouse. It was at the site of a famine mass grave. No markers or records. Quite sobering.
    It was raining quite steadily by now so I was looking forward to Slane Castle and distillery as I would be indoors. As I drove up to the castle I saw a lot of vintage cars out the front and was hoping it wasn’t closed for a wedding. I’m not sure whether it was a wedding but the castle was closed for a private function. Not to worry, I’ll just go to the distillery. Unfortunately that too was closed for a private function.

    After a late lunch in a gorgeous hotel in Slane I headed for the Hill of Tara, an ancient burial site. The visitor centre was closed. I was still able to walk over the site although I spent more time looking at the ground dodging the sheep manure than looking at the surroundings.

    I was quite wet by then and it was getting late so I headed for the airport. Ive handed in my car with no issues. I’ve driven nearly 3500km in 20 days although I didn’t drive at all in Belfast. I’m staying in a hotel at the airport and will have plenty of time in the morning before I have to be at the terminal.
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  • Day145

    Day 145: Bru na Boinne

    July 10, 2017 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Exciting day today, since it's our first UNESCO site for quite a while, and will be the last one for quite a while as well! The site in question is Bru na Boinne (Bend of the Boyne), where there's a collection of neolithic burial mounds, many thousands of years old. It seemed like it would be a bit similar to Orkney, so we were a little apprehensive, but set off early in the morning to go and check it out.

    We decided to arrive fairly early, since you can only visit on guided tours and we'd read that they tended to fill up pretty quickly - meaning you either had a long wait or missed out entirely. Neither of which were options we particularly wanted to contemplate! As it was, we drove the 40 minutes north of Dublin to the site and arrived around 9:30am, early enough to get on the 10:15 tour of Newgrange mound, and the 11:45 tour of Knowth mound. Just enough time for a quick look around the museum!

    Since the museum and visitor's centre are a few kilometres from the mounds, they have shuttle buses to ferry you around. We hopped on one just before 10:15 and got to the first mound. Newgrange is very large, probably 10 metres tall and about 30 metres in diameter. It was a burial chamber likely for someone very important, as the cremated remains of three people were found in the central chamber on large granite bowls.

    It had been perfectly preserved since it's just a large (man-made) dirt and stone mound, and the site was abandoned after only a couple of hundred years. So it was completely unknown and unused for something like 5000 years until it was discovered in the 1960s. The front had a facade of quartz stones mined a few miles away, though it's not known if that was the original facade or not (the rocks were just found at the base, so the original archaeologist just assumed so).

    This one is like Stonehenge, in that sunrise on the mid-winter solstice lines up perfectly with the passage and central chamber. There was even a light-box well above the (blocked-off) doorway to allow this to happen, so it was definitely deliberate and very carefully calculated. Seemed like a hell of a lot of effort for a burial chamber, particularly when the villagers probably weren't particularly rich or important!

    After an hour of looking around the site, we got the bus back to the visitor centre and then switched to the other bus for Knowth. This is a series of burial mounds - one large one, and 18 smaller "satellite" mounds around the outside. Unfortunately this one wasn't quite as well preserved and you couldn't go inside, since the hill itself had been re-purposed over the centuries (a Roman fort, wooden Norman castle, early Christian settlement etc) and many original features had been lost.

    But the most distinguishing feature here was the artwork - it's known as the largest collection of megalithic art in Europe, and for good reason! The largest mound had "kerbstones" running around the entire base, and most of them had carvings or engravings of some sort on them. It was interesting, since most ancient peoples depicted important things to them: animals, plants, trees, stars etc. But these engravings are all completely abstract: swirls, whirlpools, chevrons, zig-zags, wavy lines. What do they mean? Language? Heiroglyphs? Lucid dreams? Religious rituals? Drug hazes? Nobody knows. Fascinating stuff though.

    Back to the visitor's centre where it was now 1pm and high time for lunch. Fortunately they had a cafe on site where we indulged in paninis and hot drinks, then headed out to the car to collect our dog.

    Drove back to Dublin where we figured we'd make use of the afternoon, and so found a park and wandered around St Stephen's Green, a nice park right in the middle of town. Schnitzel enjoyed himself! Did a little more wandering of the nearby city streets, but since we'd only paid for an hour's parking we didn't explore far. Back home where we had home-cooked pasta for dinner and spent the evening working and planning next steps after the UK.
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  • Day10

    Southampton to Slane

    May 7, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    Early start today up at 4am and off to Southampton Airport, fly to Dublin and pick up our car , we have been given a Renault Captur nice size car for us to zip around in. We arrive in Dublin and head off to Ardgillan Demesne in Ardgillan just out of Dublin, we then travelled to Slane via the secenic route as the road was closed in one spot so we had an adventure finding our way, We then went to Slane Castle what an amazing place, rebuilt after a fire nearly destroyed the place. Then had dinner at our hotel and then popped in next door to a graat little pub called Boyle"s, time for bed after a looonnnggg day.Read more

  • Day20

    Kilkenny to Ashbourne

    May 17, 2019 in Ireland ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Popped out to the Pantry for breakfast, then headed off to the Dunmore Caves. Found out that 120 teenagers were about to arrive for the 10am tour, so headed off to the Rock of Dunamase - the site of a derelict castle on the way back to Dublin. Then on to Ashbourne for lunch and to check into our hotel. Had a quiet afternoon and early dinner before watching TV and an early night before tomorrows flight to Southampton.Read more

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