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HIking near Glendalaugh & a stop in Avoca (5-23-2017)

After walking around the remains of the first monastic community in Ireland (settled in the 6th century) we went on a 5 1/4 mile hike about the Upper Lake.  Then we drove to Avoca (a tiny Wicklow Mountains town which was the home of the very first Irish woollen mill)...

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Wicklow Mountains hike (5-22-17)

We drove into the Wicklow Mountains and found ourselves driving many km along a road called “Wicklow Way.” We’re staying at a B&B here and this afternoon did a 2-mile hike among the hills. The gorse was out in full yellow! Click on any image for a larger view.

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New Grange (5-22-2017)

We drove an hour north of Dublin to spend the morning visiting New Grange, the 5200-year-old Neolithic passage tomb, an acre big. Click on an image for a larger view.  

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Dublin day 2 (5-21-2017)

Today we saw Beckett’s telephone at the Irish Writers Museum and encountered Joyce in St. Stephens Green. At the Chester Beatty Museum we were awed by his collection of early paper and early book bindings. The post-impressionist paintings at the Hugh Lane Gallery were ones we’d never seen. The map...

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Dublin today (5-20-2017)

Arrived in Dublin today — and spent most of the day (despite jet-lag) walking around the city, dodging raindrops and then enjoying the sudden sun. We stopped in at the National Gallery, walked across the Liffey for dinner, strolled Grafton street, had a few pub pints. Click on any image...

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Harvard morning

Here in Cambridge, MA, to host a KWH “salon” evening and to record an episode of PoemTalk at the Woodberry Poetry Room. I went for a beat-the-heat early run this morning—3 miles all the way through and around Harvard’s campus. Here are a few views I found interesting and, as...