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Travel Tales: Glendalough

March 19, 2009
by findingDulcinea Staff
In my early teens, our extended family vacationed in Ireland. The second day there, we visited Glendalough National Park in County Wicklow. We were tired from the flight and I didn’t understand why it was so important to go there. Little did I know that it would be one of the best days of my life.

Wicklow Gap

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Welcome to Glendalough

Monastic City

Lower Lake

Right after the Monastic City is the Lower Lake.  According to an amazing history and virtual tour of Glendalough by Dr. Deborah Vess of Georgia College & State University, the Lower Lake is where the monks, most famously St. Kevin, spent a lot of time in self-examination.  Biographers talk about St. Kevin fighting a “monster” here; Dr. Vess thinks that this was a metaphor for his inner self.

Upper Lake and Trails

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