February262011
Another day, another 500 kilometer + journey for Dad and me. I swear, both of us flew internationally just to take a massive road trip. Neither of us are complaining, though. At seven o’clock this morning, we drove to Newgrange, a place I had never heard of, but Dad’s research paid off again. 5,000 years ago, an Irish tribe constructed a hill mound, comprised of stones weighing 2 to 10 tons (which were brought from over 80 kilometers away), all done before the invention of the wheel. During the winter solstice at dawn, sunlight floods the small chamber for fifteen minutes. We took a tour with 22 others and went in, which was definitely whale-proof in size. Our guide was great, and even though pictures were not allowed, I still managed to slyly get off some shots. What was remarkable was seeing all of these little carvings and notches inside throughout the room from centuries ago. You all have to get there to see it.
We then left for Trim Castle, a Norman fortress built in the 12th century during their subjugation of Ireland. Although in ruins, it was still really cool to be in yet another environment I read about in Clifford Backman’s Medieval Worlds (yes, I just dropped the name of a textbook in post. Great one, by the way). Pretty amazing to see. It was also used in the film scenes from “Braveheart” (I think the from during the Seige of York). Although driven off due to the rain, we still were able to get a great appreciation for it. We then drove to Cashel, arriving at 4:30 and walked around the ruins of the monastery of Hore, all under the shadow of the Rock. Dinner was great as usual, eating while watching England vs France match. I can’t wait for tomorrow, hopefully it lives up to the hype.
Information on Newgrange

Another day, another 500 kilometer + journey for Dad and me. I swear, both of us flew internationally just to take a massive road trip. Neither of us are complaining, though. At seven o’clock this morning, we drove to Newgrange, a place I had never heard of, but Dad’s research paid off again. 5,000 years ago, an Irish tribe constructed a hill mound, comprised of stones weighing 2 to 10 tons (which were brought from over 80 kilometers away), all done before the invention of the wheel. During the winter solstice at dawn, sunlight floods the small chamber for fifteen minutes. We took a tour with 22 others and went in, which was definitely whale-proof in size. Our guide was great, and even though pictures were not allowed, I still managed to slyly get off some shots. What was remarkable was seeing all of these little carvings and notches inside throughout the room from centuries ago. You all have to get there to see it.

We then left for Trim Castle, a Norman fortress built in the 12th century during their subjugation of Ireland. Although in ruins, it was still really cool to be in yet another environment I read about in Clifford Backman’s Medieval Worlds (yes, I just dropped the name of a textbook in post. Great one, by the way). Pretty amazing to see. It was also used in the film scenes from “Braveheart” (I think the from during the Seige of York). Although driven off due to the rain, we still were able to get a great appreciation for it. We then drove to Cashel, arriving at 4:30 and walked around the ruins of the monastery of Hore, all under the shadow of the Rock. Dinner was great as usual, eating while watching England vs France match. I can’t wait for tomorrow, hopefully it lives up to the hype.

Information on Newgrange

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