I left my last Ireland post at the point where we were on our way to Glendalough (pronounced glen DA Lock), or the "Valley of Two Lakes." The rain continued to pour but we were going to see the upper lake and our driver assured us that the rain and mist would create the perfect atmosphere for our visit. What a salesman he was! And he was completely right.
We disembarked near the Glendasan River (why is this river's name in the usual order and not said with the "River" first?) and entered through The Gateway, the oldest surviving entrance to a monastic settlement, according to the Glendalough Connect website.
I had to photograph the stone on the left--it's another Susanna. My name seems to have been quite popular at times, although in recent days I seldom meet anyone who shares it with me.
This is St. Kevin's Cross, carved from one solid piece of granite. The circle on this cross in not pierced. According to the Kevin of Glendalough website, if you wrap your arms around this cross and make a wish, your wish will come true. Wish I'd known that while visiting!
I was glad to be far behind the others, just to soak in (literally and figuratively) this ancient place.
Church, nave and bell tower.
When we left the church we followed the river through a magical forest, covered in moss and ferns, with tall crooked trees, many rocks and hiding places for the little people. By this time I was too cold and my camera card was full so I contented myself with one photo of the river, and deleted photos as I walked so that I would have room for a few more shots.
I am so glad I did. This is where our forest path ended:
For more about St. Kevin, check this website. Stories, history and miracles, all in one place.
Come back tomorrow for the recipe for Irish Coffee, according to Dennis' instructions. Or go here to read a similar recipe.
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