Dublin Castle – and the Irish Rebellion

1916 was the year a few brave Irish men and women rekindled the revolution that had been smoldering for many years before.  This rekindling was termed The Easter Rebellion.  The rebellion centered in an area of Dublin close to Dublin Castle.  In the castle we visited a display to celebrate the centennial of this rebellion.

This is it - the one and only selfie we took on our trip - and without a selfie stick too.
This is it – the one and only selfie we took on our trip – and without a selfie stick too.

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Carrickfergus Castle – Northern Ireland

If you have heard the word “Carrickfergus” before may have listened to a song about the place from Charlotte Church who sings:

“I wish I was in Carrickfergus
Where the castle looks out to sea.
I would swim over the deepest ocean
For my love to be with me.
But the sea is wide and I can not swim over
Nor have I the wings to fly
I wish I had a handsome boatman,
To ferry me over, my love and I.”

Our Airbnb had a view of the ocean from our apartment in Carrickfergus just down the block from the castle.

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Dunnottar Castle – William Wallace slept here

imageThe winds that sweep over the ruins of Dunnotar Castle closed it to visitors the day I arrived.  I got some photos by standing not too close to the edge of some cliffs.  Good thing too, at one point I was almost blown off my feet.

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Almost blown away at Edinburgh Castle

Castle gate to Edinburgh Castle
Castle gate to Edinburgh Castle

At 1:00 PM everyday a gun is fired from the walls of Edinburgh castle to signal one o’clock.  Why one o’clock and not 12 noon was one of the details I dicovered on my free public tour and visit to the castle.  The Edinburgh castle is massive and still considered a military base.  Men in kilts march in and out carrying modern small arms as well as pikes and swords.  They are there partly to protect “the honors” or Crown Jewels of Scotland which are on public display.  I was a cold and windy day.  While my home town of Ithaca NY was experiencing temperatures in the 90″ – I was being blown around the castle walls by cold winds

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Rosslyn Chapel’s intense beauty and mystery

Rosslyn Chapel emerges from the green hills near Edinburgh
Rosslyn Chapel emerges from the green hills near Edinburgh

We never read the Da Vinci Code but that didn’t stop us from exploring a place that seems suspended in time and space.  Do the floors underneath the chapel house the Holy Grail or only the buried remains of royalty in their armor?  Whatever may be the case the Chapel itself has a presence of holiness within and around its carefully preserved walls.

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