It is an unbelievable feeling to stand at Newgrange in Ireland's Boyne Valley, knowing that what you are seeing has not changed since it was constructed over 5,000 years ago. This ancient temple, built by a stone age farming community to mark the coming of the winter solstice, is 500 years older than the Pyramids and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge - and in all that time, with all of Ireland's rain, pouring down on the day of our visit as well, the roof has never leaked.
Imagine, standing inside a room that was already ancient when the Egyptians first began building the Pyramids, that was already lost to antiquity before the first great Gothic cathedral pointed its spire to the heavens. It's almost too much to comprehend, too much to put into words.
And right across from the ancient, the newest of the new. Lambs. Dozens of them, cavorting over some of the greenest fields I have ever seen.
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