Monday, April 10, 2006

Northern Ireland

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View from Dunluce Castle
The country is beautiful and the people we met were warm and friendly. The rich histoy is everywhere you look, and the people knew their history and were very willing to discuss the implications of the past. We spent most of our time in Derry which was very interesting and educational. The Tower Museum had a display about the La Trinidad Valencera. A ship from the Spanish Armada that was wrecked in Kinnagoe Bay.
We visited with Kevin, one of the Bogside artists who have painted murals on the walls of buildings where Bloody Sunday and much of the 30 year conflict had occured.
Being in Ireland made me realize just how young and immature the USA mindset is. Our 230 years of American history is just a drop in the millenia deep bucket of time.
Ta,
Deb

2 Comments:

At 4:29 AM, Blogger jackie said...

I remember feeling the same time warp while walking the walls around York in England. The stone stairs had had so many hundreds of thousands of feet walk upon them that they were concave in the center. And in North America, we have to fight to keep 100 year old buildings from being torn down.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Jackie,
The city walls in Derry are the only intact city walls in all of Europe. They are amazing rock walls about 25 feet high. Walking the walls gives you a sense of history that no place in North America can match. The history of Ireland is important to them and they make sure it is preserved.
Deb

 

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