Friday, 28 March 2008
Thursday, 27 March 2008
checking to see where we are going.
3 ruthless Vikings
Years ago many boats were sunk to the bottom of the harbour. Now they are in the process of bringing them back to the surface and removing them and cleaning up the harbour. At St. Stephen's Park St Audden's 12th Century Church in the Viking area of Dublin.
A Viking Ship frame.
At the Millenium Spire (finished in 2003)
Gravestones, churches and the Round Tower
The Round Tower.
The Pilgrim statue, in prayer
The cemetery with more recent plots.
The site is still used on certain religious days throughout the year.
One of the High Crosses. The "real" ones are inside the museum now to keep protected, the ones on display outside are copies.
These cliffs drop straight 203 metres straight down to the Atlantic Ocean.
As part of the EU initiative, there are now well paved walking tracks, wheel chair access, and sensible slabs of rock to stop you being blown off the top.
In the distance you can see the Aran Islands....will get there next trip...maybe some awesome wool to be found???
The tourist shops were cut into the hills. The boys thought it was cool to be standing on the roof of the shops!
Look....blue sky! :)
Testing of the cave dates to be over a million years old.
There was even a stalagmite shaped like a statue of the Madonna...although I couldn't see it myself!
The trees around the castle and the grounds were covered with Raven nests...and the ravens were everywhere...kind of gave it a spooky feeling.
Here is one of the Ravens on the edge of the tower.
You always need cannons to defend your castle!
Beside the castle was a Folk Park. it is a reconstrction of how the homes were utilised 100 years ago. The fireplaces had peat moss burning, and some of those chimneys needed a good clean...A couple of them were so smokey, that it was unbearable to be in there for more than 30 seconds.
There was a small field with these cool haystacks. We like the way they are off the ground!
The old school house was a dreary place to be, compared to today's class rooms. This school could hold up to 80 kids.
...and we complain about the size of the boys cloak room at school, this was worse....but then back in those days they didn't have swimming kits, PE kits, book bags, library books, music stuff....
Fungie is a wild dolphin, who hangs out in the Harbour, and has done since 1984. Fungie is a bottlenose dolphin. A few boats go out at the same time. The crew spot Fungie, the captain of the boats move around to where Fungie was spotted. The boats then put their pedals to the floor with about 20 feet between the boats, and then Fungie catches up and races between the boats. It was amazing to see, the kids loved it! If you click on Fungi at the start of this paragraph, you can see some Fungi footage (not ours...it's from You Tube).
Heading West from Dingle is the Dunbeg Fort, another dry stone wall fort. What a view this family had (although it was quite windy and cold...I wonder how they went during the Winter months!) It was excavated in the late 1970's,There is an inner ground tunnel which lead to the hill above. It is believed that this was an escape route when it was attacked by enemies.
Inside the Inner wall
More great views
Watch your head...that would hurt!
We stopped at Connor Pass, a gorgeous lookout point. About 1km down the road is a small waterfall with great walking tracks to an inner lake, Pedlars Lake. Nicole's toes were still frozen from the Boat Ride, so she stayed in the car and read more of the travel guide. Phil and the kids went rock hopping along the path and had a great time exploring!