Good morning travel enthusiasts! Today is June 8th and it wasn’t really the start that we wanted, but it can’t be all rainbows and butterflies right? It’s how we learn, grow, and part of the journey.The night wasn’t too bad. We both were warm. The temp got down to about 42. We are at a campsite for one more night, so we have showers and bathrooms. It’s very clean and the people are friendly.
This morning we woke and had to go get coffee. If you read about yesterday we did not have the correct fuel tank for our rocket. First thing first, coffee! Then made our way to the camp office to exchange our fuel. The guy working says he couldn’t give us our money back because the seals had been broken. I replied that I was sold one with a broken seal. He said since he wasn’t there he didn’t know. Well…I KNOW! He gave us their last can of fuel that that fit our stove. So, there’s that. He did give us one token each for the shower for free, which was $2 euro a piece.
We get back to the site, hook up the stove, and I start cooking bacon. Well, that didn’t quite work out, as the pans are stainless steel and I was burning the pan ( I should have turned it down. Then, I crack open 2 eggs and the third one was bad. So, they were ruined. I had 3 more and all they did was burn. I threw out the pans, the bacon, and the eggs. Breakfast was granola and a banana. It was good though. You just have to roll with it!
Our first stop today was Hill of Tara. On the way we decided to stop and get coffee and upload our blog yesterday. We stopped at a really cool pub, Smithwick’s, where 2 patrons were already throwing one back at 12:28pm. They had great coffee, but the internet was too slow to upload our blog at that time. So, we packed up and headed to the Hill of Tara. We arrived at Hill of Tara. According to tradition, it was the inauguration place and seat of the High Kings of Ireland. Tara consists of a standing stone (believed to be the Lia Fáil or “Stone of Destiny”), and a ceremonial avenue. First known as the Coronation Stone of Tara. In legend, all of the kings of Ireland were crowned on the stone up to Muirchertach mac Ercae c. AD 500. Wow! Hill of Tara is beautiful! It has a small chapel and graveyard that is amazing. The land itself is very inspiring just knowing that Kings and Queens used this land for important ceremonies.
They had a gift shop, two restaurants, a bookstore, and a working art studio. All are amazing. The gift shop was your average gift shop, but what was great was the restaurant attached to it, Macquires Tara Hill of Heros. We both had panini’s that were to die for and a side of chips that were really good. We also had cookie dough homemade ice cream, bought homemade chocolate (dark chocolate, salted chocolate, and milk chocolate), and a bag of potato chips they use. The other restaurant had a lot of outdoor seating, but we did not see it prior to the other.
The book store was great. It was very small and quaint and smelled of old books. The working art studio had a sort of zen vibe going and smelled of insense. There was very peaceful music playing in the background as you looked at the art and jewelry. The outside was done up with many plantings, a small waterfall, and fairy’s to look over everything. It was very peaceful.
The next stop would be Trim Castle. This is where some of the movie Braveheart was filmed. This was occupied in 1172 by Hugh de Lacy after being granted the Liberty of Meath. Our next adventure…wait for it…. METALLICA at Slane Castle! Reports were calling for 75,000 people and ear plugs. Our tickets were for standing room only, but that didn’t matter. We were in Ireland rocking to Metallica, live! It was crazy how we drove right to the parking area without traffic, parked, and walked less than 5 minutes. There were tons of people from every age group to every walk of life.
The only disappointing thing was they sold out of t-shirts that said Slane Castle. Metallica rocked it right!!! Kevin says they do every time! It was a great concert! After the concert we headed back to the campground where we made a meal (an Indian dish that was in a bag and you put in boiling water for 5 minutes). We bought a few of these meals and they are not bad, however they are spicy! I failed to get a picture of our food. Well, that ended our day! On to more adventures.