Tuesday, October 13, 2009

“Distance lends enchantment to the view” - Mark Twain

My parents have gone back to New York. We had a wonderful time with them, and look forward to seeing them again next month. It was so great to share with them the things that we have discovered about Dublin, and explore new things as well.

On Sunday we drove down to Powerscourt Estate, in County Wicklow. Its signifigance is described on the Powerscourt web site:
Powerscourt Estate History

Powerscourt is one of the most beautiful country estates in Ireland. Situated in the mountains of Wicklow, it was originally an important strategic site for the Anglo-Normans who came to Ireland in the 12th century. By the year 1300 a castle had been built here and was in the possession of the le Poer (Power) family from which it takes its name. The succeeding centuries saw the castle held for different periods by powerful families such as the O'Tooles and the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Kildare.

It truly was beautiful, and it was a lovely day. I love watching my kids and my parents enjoy each other so much. We definitely won't be seeing them as much, but when we do, it will be that much more special.

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