... And Sometimes Those Who Are Lost Just Wander

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Today I think I lived up to my name (my blog name, that is.)  It was Alanna's last day visiting us in Dublin and I felt bad that we had done almost nothing touristy in her time here.  A lot of the bigger sites (Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway, etc.) can be fairly expensive and require 3+ hours of driving in a bus.  Luckily Alanna is amazingly easy going and seemed to enjoy the more simple trips we took that allowed us to minimize our spending and maximize our sun time.

I did, however, want to take her somewhere and one of the few places I had left on my "places to see in Ireland" list was Newgrange.  Newgrange is a Neolithic tomb that dates back to 3200 BC.  It is older than both Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Giza.  As you may have seen in some of my older posts, I am a huge history geek and, although I couldn't tell if my friends were actually eager to go, they agreed to join me.

To get to Newgrange you must take a bus to Drogheda and then a second bus to the visitor's centre.  I was very diligent in checking how frequently the busses traveled to and from Drogheda however I neglected to check the frequency of the busses to and from the visitor's centre.  Apparently there are only two a day.  We had missed the first and if we took the second there would be no bus to bring us back.  The man at the bus station was so helpful and even made several phone calls to the centre and to a taxi company to see if we could get some type of deal.

Instead, we decided to do what we do best: wander.

Instead of a day trip to Newgrange it became a day trip of Drogheda which is a surprisingly historical town.  We found a cute little cafe for lunch, checked out some historical sites, and people watched from a church's steps before making our way back into Dublin for our goodbye dinner with Alanna.


Millmount Fort (which we decided was close enough to Newgrange)

Back in Dublin at the Liffey

Dublin Custom House

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