On the Irish Sea in Bray
Early morning in Bray
Beach kiosks at Bray
Bray at nightfall
On the Beach in Bray
Historic home with gardens considered the third most beautiful in the world.
Ray Hughes with his dear friend, John and daughter
Touring this historic estate was a seminal experience for the rest of the tour
The Throne Room
Here is where the king would come to hold court.
John unlocking the gate to the Sanctuary
When John opened the gate to the outdoor sanctuary we knew we were in for a treat. This is off limits to the general admission. We were permitted to walk on the grass also--which is not allowed throughout the gardens. As we approached this gate, suddenly I reached out to touch the air. It was tangible.
The Old Well with Powerscourt in the distance
Here at this well many Christians were martyred through the centuries.
Stately Tree at Powerscourt
Beyond this fence is the graveyard and church ruins where George Fox preached.
The Church at Glendalough
Here in the 6th century, St. Kevin led a monastic community in solitude, silent beauty, sacred song and generous hospitality.
The Tower at Glendalough
Monastics would keep watch for visitors. As soon as they were sighted, the door of hospitality was thrown open, beds were made up, and dinner prepared.
The Cemetery at Glendalough