Saturday, August 23, 2008

Eire

Digging through old archives for a friend and found these buried in a hard drive.



According to legend, the causeway was built by an Irish giant to cross the channel and fight another giant in Scotland. After underestimating the Scottish giant's size and hightailing it back to Ireland, he was saved by trickery on the part of Mrs. Irish Giant, who so scared the Scottish Giant that he ripped up the rest of the causeway lest he be pursued back to Scotland.


Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland.



They lead to a monastery on Skellig Michael, 15 km off Ireland's Southwest coast and more a vertical outcropping of rocks than an island. People have been visiting the island for almost 1500 years - first Irish Celtic monks, then marauding Vikings, and now more adventurous-minded tourists willing to leave sight of land in a small boat. Stand still on the island and you can hear two things and two things only - cries of the gulls and the surf pounding seven hundred feet below you - a soundtrack on a loop since the beginning of time.


Skellig Michael, Irish North Atlantic.

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