Across the Pond (day 4)10:15 PM
We spent Saturday exploring the Irish country side.
I think I discovered why they call Ireland the Emerald Isle. It truly is green. Green, green, everywhere. We departed Dublin on a tour bus and spent a couple if hours driving through rolling hills, speckled with sheep and old, beautiful farmhouses. It was the Ireland I had pictured from the movies.
We arrived at our first destination: Glendalough, an ancient monastic site. Situated in a shallow valley, tucked into the countryside, it was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. It had an air of serenity about it that's hard to explain, no wonder the Monks liked it there so much. The combination of crumbling stone churches, dense forest, valley peaks and sparkling lakes made this a place that only normally exists in fairy tales. I wish I could have stayed there forever.
After reluctantly leaving Glendalough, we began our journey through the Wicklow Mountains. This beautiful blanket of green hills was the filming location for some pretty notable movies, including Braveheart and PS. I love you.
After a couple more hours of beautiful scenery, we ended up in Kilkenny - a quaint town that encompassed all of the Irish charm that I had imagined. We spent the afternoon walking through the winding roads filled with small independent shops and restaurants. It actually reminded me quite a bit of my hometown of St. John's, only different by the lack of waterfront and the addition of a big, beautiful castle.
I am so glad we took the time to escape Dublin for a little bit and explore some more of the Ireland. It was a lovely, lovely day that I'll always remember.