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Hello my friends,
after my first few weeks in Dublin and with this wonderful sunshine over my teddybear head I thought now was the time to go exploring the region beyond the city. As y travel guides I chose the black sheep Murphy and his friend Finn. Originally they are Austrian but they’ve been living here for a while and they know all the nice spots around here.
So first of all they took me to a place with a wonderful panoramic view of the Blessington Lake. There is only a very narrow road up that hill and you can see for miles and miles into the countryside.
As the sun continued to burn down on my fluffy head I felt rather warm in my jacket. Somebody had told me that Ireland was a rather cool place but that appears to be a mighty big lie. I felt too hot and in the end I decided to take off my jacket as I did not want to end as a steamed teddy bear.
We drove on deeper into the mountains – they’re called Wicklow Mountains, by the way – because Murphy and Finn wanted to show me a very special picknick spot with a magnificent view. BUt we decided to have picknick first and the view after that so we had Frankfurters, bread, cake and lemonade. I was really impressed how much little Finn could eat away, but, well, he’s got to grow, hasn’t he?
My full tummy decided that the view would have to wait and together with the sun he whispered in my ear “Sleep, Spiky, sleep!” Obviously the other two had heard that as well because when I sank back onto the ground Murphy and Finn were already snoring away happily.
Half an hour later they were still sleeping and I did not want to wake them up, so I decided ot have a look at the view from up there. I climbed a big rock and looked down on Lough Tay and into the distance. That was sooooo beautiful.
On the way back we went over the Wicklow Gap mountain road, past an old mining village were humans searched for lead and zinc more than one hundred years ago. Today only a few walls and big heaps of rubble tell the story of the valley’s mining history. Down the valley flows a little river and we had another break there. Unfortunately I had not brought my swimming trunks because I would have loved to dive into that cool water. It would have been big fun.
In the end we went back home to Murphy#s and Finn’s place and had a little chat about that winderful day, looked at the pictures we had taken and of course we decided to go on another trip very soon. I will let you know about that, too!