The docent at Jerpoint Abbey suggested that we pick up a picnic and visit Kells Priory which was just up the road. It was a wee bit chilly so we opted to eat lunch at a café but we headed to Kells Priory. It did not disappoint. The first thing that struck me as we pulled into the town of Kells was the sear size of the priory. It was massive!! There are several car parking areas. We parked near the 2nd mill (only in Ireland do directions like that make sense!) and walked across a footbridge to get to the priory. Besides a few OPW employees who were stabilizing one section, we were the only ones there. The kids were free to run, play, climb and imagine what it was like in 1183 when it was built. I know that Europeans are used to seeing old stone structures but I loved the look of awe when my kids realized that the place they were standing was designed and built 300 years or so before Columbus even discovered the New World. Gained perspective!
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