We've been a busy pair this weekend, exploring the Archeological Museum in Dublin, Castles in both North and South Wales, and the Cardiff museum. Before that, however, we made our way to Clomacnoise, a monastary north of Dublin. To get there we took a train and then split a cab with a teacher from Germany who was also there to study the crosses. Of all the places we have seen Clomacnoise wins the prize, in our opinion, for both preservation and presentation of their high crosses. The museum at the site houses the real crosses, and they are displayed each with their own exhibit and in the correct lighting. True to life (even down to the wear and tear) replicas are placed where the originals were found. Even the color and texture of the replicas matches the originals. In this way vistors can see the crosses as they were meant to be seen as well as know that the orginals are being preserved and cared for, so that future generations can enjoy them as well. We very much enjoyed the monastary.
Our visit to the Museum at Cardiff marked the end of our academic pursuits in the UK, from here on out were are embarking on our journey home- first to London, and then to the airport, and from there back to the US. It has been one crazy adventure, filled with long days, strange coincidences, interesting people, and beautiful places. We are tired, we are academically satisfied, and we're ready to come home.
See you soon,
Kat and Gwen