Sunday, October 30, 2011

Barcelona: Day 67 : Glendalough -- Heaven on Earth .

Well  first a little bit about the pub crawl from last night -- It was a load of fun. Our tour guide, Grace, was very knowledgeable and it was great to get to know the other people in the group -- which was only 8 people or so, but it was totally worth it the €10 it took to get onto the list. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I was a little tipsy by the second pub we went to, and ended up losing my phone, and by the time we were on our way to the fourth place, I had realized it. Luckily, one of the Dutch people that we were with had found it at the place and given it to the bartender -- so we departed from the crawl and got my phone, and then went back to Isaac's. I also had thought my camera was broken, but luckily I fixed it before we headed off to Glendalough in the morning.

So Glendalough -- what an experience. We had a nice leisurely morning because our bus didn't leave until 11.30, so we slept in a got up in time to walk out and grab a bite to eat at Fixx Café on Dawson Street. It was a quaint little place, and had a really nice down to Earth atmosphere. We caught our bus at 11.30, and were on our way to Glendalough (pronounced Glen-da-Lock).

It took about an hour and a half to get there, so by 13.00 we were off the bus and able to get going. The bus dropped us right at the Visitor Centre of Wicklow National Park, and we went in and got some maps and headed out on the trails. It was raining, and actually it got a bit hard at points, but honestly it really didn't put any sort of damper on the day.

Luckily, as the day progressed, the weather got better and better and soon we were sunny with bright blue skies, and the green surrounding landscape got even greener with the sunshine now on it. We even got the pleasure of seeing a rainbow that dove into the mountains! We checked, there's no pot of gold at the end of it... Shame, though. Our walk was nice and we got to even visit the Monastic settlement that was there. I couldn't believe that the weather cleared and held out for us, we were incredibly lucky. There's not much more to say about the place; I'll let the pictures speak for themselves:

Not much on the schedule for the rest of the day -- we went to O'Neill's to grab a bite to eat and then just heading back and resting up for the day to come. See you tomorrow!

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