Paris – Again

Sneaky weekend away to Paris…not like that, with the family this time.  We arrive, its November, its raining and it does not stop but that is okay we have places to me.

For our first outing we head to The Catacombes.  Mr Elf and I have had two previous attempts to get into The Catacombes, so I am willing to cue in the rain for two hours to get in.  Yes two hours!  You can book tickets in advance which I would recommend, it is more expensive but definitely worth it.  Once inside you descend beneath Paris into her ossuaries.  The bones of six million Parisians are entombed below Paris, gathered from many of the old cemeteries and Charnal Houses of Paris.  The renovations that were started in 1810 transformed The Catacombes into an underground walk for the macabre of nature!

The Catacombes are full of history and are very fascinating.  I am very happy to have finally made it in.  Definitely recommend adding it to your list of Paris musts!

We finish our evening with a trip to the Eiffel Tower, the sparkly beauty of Paris.  Glorious as always.

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Trim Castle

Its raining…its been raining…but it is Ireland so we get up and head off into the countryside.  We are heading to Trim Castle via some pretty places on the way.

We stop at Bective Abbey and watch birds dip in and out of its ruins.  It’s stark beauty is strange and desolate.

When we make it to Trim, we park up head for cover in the entrance of the castle.  It is 2 euros if you just want to wander in the grounds, or 5 euros if you want a guided tour of the keep as well.  Pay the 5 euros…it is so worth it.

The rain is really coming down, so I walk the perimeter of the grounds rather swiftly even so it is clear that the castle is very big and intact.  Our guide arrives and we head into the keep.  Our guide is wonderful, she invites us to use our imaginations to see how the castle would have been in the different periods of its existence.

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We work our way up spiral staircases and visit the chapel and walk among the history of the Castle.  Eventually we make our way to the very top and look our on the misty countryside and town of Trim.  I very very much recommend this stop on your tour of Ireland.

You might recognize the Castle from Braveheart! There are lots of photos at the entrance of the transformation for the movie.

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Also another fact…this is the largest Ango-Norman Castle in Ireland.

When we are done at the Castle we head into Drogheda.  Drogheda is one of the oldest towns in Ireland.  St. Peter’s Church is one of the famous sites of Drogheda,  the church is not very ornate inside, however it does have one unusual thing…a severed head.  Yes, a severed and preserved head.  St Oliver’s head to be exact.  The shrine is quite beautiful and the hand written confirmation of the authenticity of the head is very intriguing.

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If you are hungry in Drogheda I definitely recommend The Bare Food Company.  We had scones and coffee and they were so good!

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And that is about it for the Elf in Ireland.

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“Being soaked alone is cold.

Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”

 

Emily Wing Smith