Hills of Tara and Newgrange

The Hill of Tara, located near the River Boyne, is an archaeological complex that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland. It contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of Árd Rí na hÉireann, or the High King of Ireland.

Newgrange is a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley in Ireland’s Ancient East.  Newgrange was built by Stone Age farmers, the mound is 85 meters (93 yards) in diameter and 13.5 meters (15 yards) high, an area of about 1 acre.
A passage measuring 19 meters (21 yards) leads into a chamber with 3 alcoves. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice. Few people could see sunlight enter the tomb if you are standing in the right spot. There is no flash photography allowed inside.  Newgrange is surrounded by 97 large stones called kerbstones some of which are engraved with megalithic art; the most striking is the entrance stone.

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Breakfast at the Belvedere

Magnificent! The breakfast served at the Belvedere hotel was awesome. It was always fresh and their hours for that time was 8am-10:30am. Below is a collage I made of the food I got to see and eat.

A typical English breakfast consists of; beans, black pudding and fried bread. They had hash browns, country potatoes, beans, scrambled eggs, bacon, round meat that looked brown and black, different kinds of bread like croissants, sourdough bread, and regular sandwich bread. There was even a toaster on the side where you put the bread inside and wait for it to come back around toasted. On another side, they had three containers full of cereal. They had a bottle full of milk for the cereal. Of what I didn’t partake in was the cold meats and the fruit salad and cheeses.

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Trinity College

I had the lovely chance to visit Trinity College. It truly is a beautiful campus.

“As Ireland’s university on the world stage, Trinity is recognized for academic excellence and a transformative student experience. The historic campus is located in the heart of Dublin city center at the meeting place of the retail and cultural districts. With a tradition of scholarship spanning more than four centuries, Trinity is home to talented and inquiring minds, a liberal education, and research conducted at the frontiers of disciplines.”

The Book of Kells was awesome.

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Exploring Dublin

I left LA July 25th and arrived in Dublin July 26th, turning it into the second day. Our group ended up exploring Dublin, Grafton and Trinity Street. Dublin is so green everywhere! No wonder it rains so much over there. We went down Grafton Street where we saw the Molly Malone statue, walked around Trinity Street and passed by shopping stores, eateries, and pubs. Some of my friends ventured into a donut place called Boston Donuts, their donuts had names like; Caramel with Salted Peanuts, Nutella Ring, The Chocoholic, Chocolate & Rainbow Sugar Strands, After Eight, Boston Crème and The S’more. The place was pink and bright. There was some guy who bought donuts who had a really good looking ice cream cone from Murphy’s.

Moving on later that day, we had dinner at Murray’s Bar and Pub, where all of us feasted on chicken dressed in mushroom sauce and had green beans with it. It had a scone on top. It was delicious. We were seated in a different area than the other customers, the light was a dim yellow and our backs were to liquor bottles encased behind a gate.

A small group of friends and I explored more of Dublin. We crossed the Ha’Penny bridge that was on top of the River Liffey, there were even bike locks on the bridge. No it is not a replica of the love lock bridge in Paris but some people like to put their bike locks on the bridge even though it will be cut down later. Near the bridge, there was a pub called Merchant’s Arch. Our group was staying in the Belvedere Hotel. Our hotel is near the Garden of Remembrance and a church and a Gate Theater.

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My views of Ireland from a window seat

When my plane landed in Dublin, Ireland; I had the best window seat. I got to see parts of Ireland that my classmates didn’t get to see. I got to see so much! Thanks to my digital camera, it helped me zoom in and out from my window seat.

Oh and my plane rides were pleasant. I was on Delta Airplane. They offered meals, snacks, and drinks. They had free entertainment and unfortunately, inadequate internet followed. You had to pay for it. Ugh, anyways the seats were comfortable and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience on my flights. It was from LAX to JFK, then JFK to Dublin.

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Been busy lately

Hi, long time no see! I’ve been busy recovering from jet lag and cleaning stuff up in my room. As some of you know, I was gone during July 25th to August 2nd. The trip was incredibly amazing and breathtaking. I will put together some collages soon after I finish some summer school homework. ❤ I will also post some new stuff to the blog next week I hope. ☺