Disaster Memorial

Our final stop in Ireland was at an Air India Disaster Memorial at Ahakista. The flight from Montreal to Delhi via London was blown up in the Irish space in 1985. There is a beautiful park created in memorial of those 329 people who died. It was suggested to us by a local so we decided to drive down. It was around 40 mins drive from Dunmanway and a very small and beautiful coastal place. People from India, especially the relatives of those who died still come here to pay their homages, it seems and the people in Ahakista put them up in their homes during their stay. What a nice gesture.1-IMG_36001-IMG_36021-IMG_36091-IMG_36301-IMG_3634

 

Moher

Our next stop was Cliffs of Moher, another three hours journey (along with a ferry ride in between 😉 ). The weather became typically Irish, according to my friend-cum-guide. It was a “soft day” (that means it was drizzling all the time and was very cloudy) I was covered in almost 4 layers of clothes and changing from wide angle lens to telephoto in that weather was no fun. But it was a very lovely place and next time would definitely do that walk over the cliffs, if and when there is a next time.
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Out of Vacation

I am officially back from my vacation but unofficially? not even close. I am in my vacation-lag phase. Spent a week in Ireland, near Cork and other places. Still have got to do my write up done. Will get there eventually. But as usual, here are some of my photographs, in installments of course.

The first place we had been to was Fota Wildlife Park in Cork. It is situated on an island and it’s such a vast place it took us almost close to 3.5 hours to get around. Saw a lot of kids having their day over there. It was lots of fun. A very well maintained place and lots of space for the animals to move around too. Had to choose 10 photographs from the huge set. I had a field day that day. Went crazy clicking photographs 🙂

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Stairway to…

1-IMG_0402.JPG“Gazing up at the long flight of stairs to the temple, Puck shook his head and sighed. “Stairs.” He grimaced. “I swear there must be like some secret code. All mysterious ancient temples must have a minimum of at least seven thousand steps to the front door.”
― Julie Kagawa, The Iron Knight

 

PS: I was tempted to use the photograph I had used earlier for one of the weekly photography challenges which seemed very appropriate (the first one in that photograph) but then decided to try something else.

 

The Cross

When I saw the video in Travel Between The Page’s blog post, I was spellbound. Why? Because this was a place I had been to and this video is so Amazing. The place is Montserrat in Spain. My 13th day trip to Spain was to this place. I absolutely loved the place. They have a famous Boy Choir which truly rendered me speechless and with tears.

What also struck me was the picture of the Cross that was there in the video. My friends and I had this discussion about it. It was quite far from the Cathedral and I did have proof of seeing that in my photographs, but when these guys (i.e. my friends) went further ahead of the trek (I stopped after a steep point, after which they had to literally crawl and climb the rocks and I had just gotten better after my ankle fracture) they said they couldn’t really find it. They were trying to fool me by saying that it might be a mirage or something that might vanish when we get closer. So after seeing this video, went to my hard disk, found out the photographs and verified.

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Definitely,  the cross is there. No mirage, no vanishing act. But, now there seem to be two types of crosses in this place. The one I saw was a plain one (the one in the photograph above). I wonder where the cross that is featured in this video is. I had to edit the above photograph a bit to enhance the presence of the cross on the top of the mountain. But now, I am intrigued about the second one. Maybe, I will get to see both of them next time I visit this place.