I’ve been looking at some photos from a few years ago and I was reminded of some interesting similarities between the emerald isle and the home of Oz the great and powerful, Washington D.C. Sorry, that is probably a reference to the fact that I think most politicians are all about smoke and mirrors, not substance and is probably too harsh on the Wizard of Oz!
The Fashion Mister and I did a small around-the-world trip as our honeymoon 5 years ago. One leg of the trip was spent in Ireland, visiting family, friends and checking out history and the next leg was spent in the US. Also visiting family, friends and checking out history.
Here are some things that were oddly similar in both places.
So? Which one is the White House in Washington D.C. where the president of the United States lives and which one is the house in Dublin, Ireland where the president of Ireland lives? Are they the same house?
Fairy Rings: Okay, some things were obviously similar and some not so much. Friends took us to see a “Fairy Ring” while in Ireland. Of course there are all kinds of stories about fairies and pixies however, they were most likely a congregation place. Perhaps used for religious ceremony. But it’s far more interesting to think about them as Fairy Rings!
The one we visited wasn’t huge like Stonehenge or anything that amazing but the two larger stones were lined up for one of the solstice days.
What I thought was weird is that when we stopped in Washington D.C. at the WW2 Monument, there was a great ring of stones with larger archways on opposite sides and I got this overwhelming sense of it being a modern-day fairy ring.
Which White House is which? So, back to the which is which question. Did you have any thoughts about which is on the west side of the Atlantic and which is on the east of the Atlantic? They’re fairly similar aren’t they?
Some historians have claimed that the garden front portico of Áras an Uachtaráin (which can be seen by the public from the main road through the Phoenix Park in Dublin) was used as a model by Irish architect James Hoban, who designed the White House in Washington, D.C. However the porticoes were not part of Hoban’s original design and were in fact a later addition by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.
To answer the question, the first one is Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin Ireland and the second one is The White House in Washington D.C.
More Similarities: The Fashion Mister and I can trace parts of our family back to the same County in Ireland, Clare. Mine immigrated to the US or England and then the US back in the late 1600s and early 1700s and his immigrated to Australia back in the 1850s. When searching some of his family history there is some evidence that way back and up until the early 1600s, his family actually rented and worked land from my family!
Enough of fairy stories for today. To me there will always be fantastic links between the emerald isle and Oz the great and powerful. You do remember me recently explaining about Australia being AUS (pronounced Oz). Well tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day so I will share a few more photos from our trip to Ireland and one of my favourite Irish inspired recipes.
- Jewels of the Emerald Isle (foxnews.com)
- Travel experts weigh in on Ireland as a destination to see in 2013 (o.canada.com)
- President Higgins calls for more women in politics (irishsociology.wordpress.com)
- Emerald City (herybka.wordpress.com)
- Ireland’s Pots of Gold – driving the Emerald Isle (everydaydreamholiday.com)