We drove over to the end of the seafront about a five minute walk from here so people could take photos and visit the Joyce Tower which of course I had already visited. Then we get back in and he's talking about a coffee break....what? So we stopped for a coffee break at a cafe/gift shop for half an hour - I was a little ticked at this but once this was over the tour picked up and in the end was fun. Our driver/guide was a bit of a crazy fellow and I say that in a good way as fun crazy is all good.
Our first stop was a look out to see the hills of Wicklow...suitably broody. It had started out sunny but clouded up during the day...but no rain!
Next up was the bridge from "P.S. I Love You" - where Hilary Swank gets lost and meets Gerard Butler (all the females swooned - now I must rewatch the movie so I can see the scene again!). None of us could figure what she was doing out there in the middle of nowhere but there you go..wouldn't be a story otherwise would it?
|You won't see a view of the bridge as you had to walk down a slippery slope...|
|On the right by the lake is the set for the Viking show - they are building a village. Also the house is hidden but apparently the Beatles and Stones partiaed here with Tara Guiness back in the swinging 60's.|
After lunch we headed to Glendalough (means "valley" and "lake" - there are two lakes in this valley) which is the home of a monastery founded by St Kevin (yes really) back in the 6th century. It became a monastic city and the tower still stands while the rest is in ruins. Very interesting. I remembered this vaguely from back in 1978...I know I got a shitty picture of the tower back then too.
|A bag piper? He was busking just outside the cemetery but sadly I had no money on me.|
|The Round tower - with a nicer background..|
|View of the tower from our walk|
|Glimpse of the lower lake...|
|And here we are at the Upper lake....I remembered this from back in 1978 as well..|
On the brochure we were supposed to visit a whiskey distillery but instead got a shot of whiskey on the bus..works for me. Before you knew it we were back in Dublin,,
Once back in Dun Laoghaire I celebrated with a marshmallow cone from Teddy's (the only place to buy ice cream in Dublin so I hear) which is a two minute walk from where I am staying. The fellow messed up my cone so said I could have it for free or he would do another one. I don't have a Scottish name for nothing.....guess what I picked? I double checked - those little brown bits are cookie crumbs...so he told me anyway....