Poppie's and Powerscourt

Trip Start May 09, 2011
Trip End May 16, 2011

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What I did
Had breakfast at Poppies then visited Powerscourt

Flag of Ireland  , County Wicklow,
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Upon searching for movies shot in Ireland, I learned that the recent movie, "Leap Year" starring Amy Adams took place here and in one particular scene, the two leads had a coffee outside a small store/diner called "Poppie's". I did my research and found it to be located in Enniskerry which was pretty close to Powerscourt. So, I told Jolene that we should swing in for some photos and breakfast. I couldn't find an exact location/address but according to Google maps I had an idea where it might be. Well...low and behold we found it. And ate breakfast there.

After breakfast, we were out in the small park in the center of the roundabout just outside the diner (as our luck would have it this trip, this area was under construction so photos were limited), setting up my camera for some photos when the owner saw us through the window and ran out to take the photo for us. Nice guy. He told us that the producers rented the place from him for half a day for shooting, and he also catered coffee to the whole crew. The Poppie's photo below was taken by the owner. :)

Just up the road was Powerscourt Estate. My soul reason for wanting to visit here was because this was the location of the home of the Count in "The Count of Monte Cristo". I'm glad we did too, the Estate was AMAZING. So beautiful, and HUGE. I think I want to buy it.  The house was like a massive landmark plopped atop a giant hill while all the rest of the ground's many wonders were simply placed as offerings before it. Starting with grand steps leading all the way down to a pond with a fountain spouting in its center. Great statues were placed along the steps and all around the grounds. I stood in the very spot the Count stood in the movie, looking down over the railing at his party guests when he addressed them, "Welcome". At the base of the steps, guarding a gate through which only led straight into the pond, were two magnificent Pegasus's' facing one another.
Off the path, going around the left side of the pond was a trail leading through the woods and down into what was called The Japanese Garden. Many types of trees, beautiful flowers, waterfalls, and other decorations like a gazebo and smaller statues decorated the landscape down here. Many beautiful photo spots. Also on the grounds were horses in a field so big I was wondering if they were wild, huge trees, more flowers and bushes, statues, fountains, and a tower we could climb. There was also a pet cemetery with the head stones for deceased dogs, mules, horses and cows. Before leaving, we purchased some goods at the shop inside. While looking around we found some sort of sauce (can't remember) from Stonewall Kitchen and were shocked and proud to see "Made in York, Maine" written on the back. :) I was very pleased we decided to pay this place a visit.

It is the tallest waterfall in Ireland, and our main reasons for visiting the Powerscourt Waterfall was because I wanted to see a big waterfall, then we learned that it was the setting of a scene from the 1981 movie "Excalibur" so I wanted to visit movie locations. It was a nice waterfall and the Wicklow Mountains surrounding it were exquisite. It was a great place to bring everyone for a family picnic. We took some photos of the falls, even went down on the rocks right in front for a few photos. I kinda wish it had just rained. The falls would have been more rushing but it was still a nice place. What a peaceful sound, waters falling.
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