Did you know there is 8 wonders of the world?

Trip Start Sep 02, 2009
Trip End Sep 17, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Friday, September 4, 2009

After having two beers last night (I know hard to believe right we're in Ireland for cryin out loud!!) we went to bed so that we could start the day off right.

Today we went to one of my top three choices to visit in Ireland. It is called Bru Na Boinne just north of Dublin about 30 km. In miles that would be 18.462 miles.

Woke up this morning at 6:30 am and continued down stairs for a standard Irish breakfast which consists of beans, eggs, sliced tomoatoes and sausage with potatoes. Very good although Trish did not have to whole feast as she said the beans part was weird. The coffee was so strong that all the sugar and milk we used could not cut it.

Bru Na Boinne translated is the palace or the mansion of the Boyne. It is the name given to the worlds most important archaelogical landscapes. This is where Prehistoric passage tombs that date back 500 years before Stone Henge and 1000 years before Pyramids of Giza. These were built during the Neolithic Period. This site was deemed a World Heritage Site, sites that are selected for this honor are to be of outstanding universal value to humanity and are approved on the basis of there merits. The prehisoric passage tombs that you can tour our called Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth.  We only took a tour of Newgrange, as this is the only one that you can actually go in. There is a wide debate as to what these tombs were used for however the common element is that they were used in the passing and rebirth of life for the prehistoric man. Newgrange is built around the Winter Solstice, which allows light to come in once a year. This light touches on the Northern Tomb which is to be where life is then regiven or the soul, they believe, is able to leave the tomb. You can enter a Solstice Lottery where they draw every year and very few are selected to see the event in the tomb. The other tomb, Knowth, is built around the equinox's.  A hole on either side of the tomb for both of them allowing the light in only once a year. When we were inside Newgrange they turned out all the lights and demostrated what it would be like to have the sun come in for 17 mins once a day for 5 days during the solstice. It was very cool!

Now I bet you were thinking that I was telling you about the 8th wonder. However that is not so. I now hand the power of the Blog over to Trisha to tell her on version of what happend today.

Well, hello there. :)  I was told that this must be family friendly so I would like to say that I would love to make a family with what, or might I say whom, we have deemed "The Eighth Wonder of the World".  

We did begin the day with a super meal and a small good bye to our suite mates, traveling to Germany today, and headed out into the cold with all cares to the wind!

We were to meet up with our bus to Bru Na Boinne at 8:40am.  We were standing waiting at 8:00am.  Chilly wind and no warm coffee left us both yerning for little warming up.  When the "bus" arrived it was more like a mini van, however, upon aproached said ":bus", we were soooo pleasently surprised that the driver was quite easy on the eyes......

We hop in the first row of seats behind the driver and soon we are off.  There was one more stop where we picked up a super friendly couple from LA (friendly, I use in the LA way....aka...not).  At this stop Rachael suprised us all, lets be honest, and asked the driver, "The Eighth Wonder", if we could ride up in the front....with him.....Now, this "bus" we shall compare to a mini van as can tell by the photo of us standing in front of it. So needless to say we were cozy.  Rachael practically ran me over to jump in first and sit RIGHT next to this poor gentalman. 

The drive up to the really old mounds of rock was short but full of conversation.  Mainly, us giggling like little school girls and batting our eyes!  We couldn't help it. 

Then we made it to our destination which Rachael has pretty much told you about.  Unfortnately for me, I am a bit closterphobic, then I would like to be and inside this tomb, I was sweating bullets and about to vomit, so I stepped outside.  So happy there was only one hallway because I couldn't focus my eyes. :)  I am ok now.  While the group finished up their trip inside that death trap, I struck up a conversation with a fine gentalman, Alan.  Alan was born and raised very near where we were and was simply a delight to talk with. 

We made it back to the visitors center and had a simple lunch.  After which we walked around and talking about "The Eighth Wonder" and how we were going to fight over him and then how we were going to explain the black eyes to him and so on and so on.

During our time at the visitors center, I headed to freshen up.  Upon my return, I walked up to Rachael macking on my man.  This time The Eighth Wonder was not wearing a sweater to cover his manly muscles and as I mentioned a bit ago Rachael macking, but in this case it was more like giggling at everything thing he said, even if not funny.  He told her that he had tomorrow off and she said....."That's nice".  That's nice???  Not do you have a friend?  Whatever, we have him forever in our life with the photos of him......I can't say that I want him to leave but oh, how I LOVE to watch him walk away......

Not real sure what happened the rest of the day, except I ran out in traffic and Rachael didn't follow me.(although she was yelling at me stop)....that's about it.
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rachaelandtrish on

Loud and Clear Ghost Rider
:) We are definately getting your comments. They are great!! I love hearing from peeps back home and know that we are being thought about as we are gone. We are surely thinking of you. Even though it is cold here, mom, I think that you would love it. We heard last night that we are expecting a 'heat wave', 60's or so. We shall see. My buddy, Alan,I met at Bru Na Boinne, after freaking out in that real small space, said that the weather surprises even them. So you never know. Hasn't been bad, though. Often times walking in the city we take our coats off. Love you. Trish

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