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Day Trip from Dublin February 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 5:00 am

So in thinking about this trip, Loren enlightened me to the concept of travel videos!  She said she often rents them before international trips.  Hmm, I thought to myself…where does one rent a travel video these days?  Duh, said Loren.  Check them out from the library!  So I checked a bunch of them out (and am still waiting on one, actually) and we watched two of them together.  One was kind of weird…but we are now well-versed in the fancy cheese-making trade and organic farming.  What?  Exactly.

But the other video we watched was good.  It was a Rick Steves video, so it gave us a lot of good insight.  Like, we will definitely be renting a car!  One idea we got from the video was to take a day trip an hour north of Dublin.  There we would find Brú na Bóinne, which is is a World Heritage Site   Brú na Bóinne sits in the Boyne Valley and is comprised of three Celtic passage tombs: Newgrange, Knowth, and Dowth.  These passage tombs predate Stonehenge and the Pyramids.  As Loren said, good thing because we don’t get out of bed for anything younger than the Pyramids!

I’ve learned a lot about these passage tombs…when you consider they were constructed 5000 BC, it’s pretty stunning.  I can’t wait to see them and learn more about them!!

NEWGRANGE

KNOWTH

KNOWTH SATELLITE MOUNDS

DOWTH

In addition to these sites, just west of here, sits the Hill of Tara.  This was the most holy site amongst the Celts, as they say you can see 20% of Ireland from atop the hill.  This is where the Celtic rulers/kings ruled from and where they watched the Vikings and other intruders storm their land and eventually take over.

 

HILL OF TARA

Also interesting about the Hill of Tara…the Irish want to construct a motorway near Tara and that has caused much uproar.  There was a Campaign to Save Tara.  People like my boyfriend, Jonathan Rhys Myers even came out in support of it at a rally.

That’s a terrible photo of him…and we’re just pretending that chick isn’t there.  But you can see that his shirt says the Campaign to Save Tara.  Maybe he’ll just be hanging out there when we go????  Well, according to this video, probably not.  But I can hope, right?

 

St. Stephen’s Green February 20, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 3:11 am

Sorry for my absence…I had a super crazy week last week and I was obsessed with all things Whitney Houston.  May she rest in peace.  Anyway, I am back thinking about Ireland and the trip.  Here is a photo of St. Stephen’s Green…Dublin’s Central Park.  I couldn’t find a good overview photo, so this looked like a nice pond in the park! 

A couple other Dublin musts, mostly for my dad and, because, who doesn’t want to have a Guinness from where it is brewed?  That’s right, the Guinness Brewery and the Jameson Distillery.  I have said that because I am not a beer drinker, if I can’t get a Magner’s (er, that’s a Bulmer’s in Ireland!), I might become a whiskey aficionado!

 

Trinity College February 11, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 6:44 pm

Trinity College has an amazing history.  Queen Elizabeth I founded it as a Protestant response to Catholic Universities in Europe.Up until recently, if you were Catholic and you attended Trinity you would be excommunicated.  The main draw at Trinity is the Book of Kells, the oldest illuminated manuscript containing the four Gospels.  Celtic monks in the 800’s drew it.  The Book of Kells is kept in its own room, but is part of the library.  This photo is of the Library’s long room…you can see why it’s called that.  So. Many. Books.  But also?  So beautiful!

 

Irish sites February 9, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 4:36 pm

My Ireland  traveling companion is my friend Loren Olson (and our friend Liz Tolzmann is perhaps meeting us toward the end of the trip).  We are planning on being gone for 10-14 days.  Hopefully plenty of time to see everything, ok not everything, most things that we want to see and do.  We will likely be flying into Dublin.  I will occasionally post photos of places I intend to see/visit on the trip.  Here’s the first…Dublin looks like a really lovely city!

 

 

Welcome to the blog! February 8, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Torrie Schneider @ 8:10 pm

Welcome!  I decided to try to blog about my upcoming trip to Ireland.  I have always, always, always wanted to go to Ireland.  For years.  I decided, as a sort of New Year’s resolution, to make 2012 the Year of the Leprechaun!  Also, I’ve always wanted to marry an Irishman, so I assume that I will increase my chances by going to them!

The trip is tentatively scheduled for September 2012.  My goal is to blog during the trip to let my friends and family know what we’re doing and share some of my experiences.  Until then, I intend to use this site as a way to share my planning, updating, and getting help from you folks on things that I will need to purchase for the trip (i.e. camera, hiking shoes, etc.).

So come back early and often!!