So the past few days have been spent driving all over the Irish countryside, seeing some of the oldest human monuments in the world and enjoying some of the most ruggedly beautiful scenery I’ve ever had the pleasure of experiencing. We headed North from Dublin (where we toured the Guiness museum and drank a pint right there, in the Gravity bar high above the rest of the city… talk about your perfect experiences… also ran into a hilarious group of rowdy Manchester boys on the bus who complimented my teeth and rolled joints right there on the bus…) before we went West and went to the burial mound at Newgrange, Knowth. It’s about 5,000 years old–I had no idea that real civilization went back that far–in Ireland anyway–anybody know when the Mesopotamian civilizations started springing up? Anyway, this thing took generations to build and was covered with megalithic artwork, so these people were well and truly civilized, in the historic sense. Many random castles and detours later (navigating in Ireland requires both a sense of adventure and of humor), we arrived in our tiny, windswept little seaside town of Doolin. Over the next few days we and the locals took turns charming one another. Margaret Carey, the woman who runs the B&B we’ve been staying in for the past three nights, is pretty much the perfect woman. She’s like everyone’s grandmother–makes an incredible Irish breakfast and is always there with tea and scones right when you need them.
Some highlights of County Clare include the dramatic and awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher (which I can share pictures of, but they won’t do them justice), the Poulnabrone Dolmen (which is one of the oldest human structures in the world at about 6,000 years old), and the wild, rocky landscape of the Burren.
Yesterday we took a car ferry to get to the Dingle Peninsula and spent the day exploring this mountainous and sheep-covered spit of land. Murphy’s ice cream in Dingle town is a must-visit if you ever get the chance to go there… also, the scenery is just obscenely, ridiculously beautiful. As Dawn put it, “Ireland looks fake. It’s too pretty to be
Ireland looks fake