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WWW Day 23(a.m.): Having brunch with the Count of Monte Cristo

Have you ever seen The Count of Monte Cristo? If not, go rent it right now, and read this after.

Seriously. I’ll wait.

Didn’t you love it? Wasn’t Jim Caviezel outstanding? That is one of my all time favorite stories, and in today’s post, I got to see it come to life before my eyes:

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Welcome to the Count’s house!

Recognize it? This is where The Count made his grand entrance in the movie, serenely floating over his crowd of party-goers in a hot air balloon – one of the best movie entrances ever. This house is more commonly known as Powerscourt:


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And here is the balcony where he welcomes his guests!

The rest of the post will consist mainly of pictures, and I hope they can impart a small sense of the grandeur and stateliness of this place. It’s truly a step back in time to an era of importance, one where things were built to last.

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Can you imagine waking up, walking out onto your cobblestone balcony, and seeing this every day?

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“All human wisdom is contained in these two words–“Wait and Hope.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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My maturity didn’t hold out for long…

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Pet Cemetery? There is no way I could pass this up!

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Read the epitaph – it is better than some I’ve seen for humans!

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“I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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“It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.” ― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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When we reached the top of the tower, we noticed how similar the hedges looked to cinnamon rolls…

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The Japanese Garden was fun, but not as impressive as I’d hoped.

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This fountain was a favorite of mine – I loved the idea that it seemed to be growing into it’s surroundings 🙂

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“There are two ways of seeing: with the body and with the soul. The body’s sight can sometimes forget, but the soul remembers forever.”
― Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

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3 thoughts on “WWW Day 23(a.m.): Having brunch with the Count of Monte Cristo

  1. I’m spending a nice, lazy Sunday morning reading through your blog Kelsea. It does not bring disappointment. Brace yourself; comments are coming.

    The greatest fiction book of all time…and now I’m infinitely jealous that I know you’ve visited the Count’s elaborate residence.

    On behalf of those that live under rocks and have not yet read this literary masterpiece, I thank you for the spoiler alert. However, I am contemplating ordering you a t-shirt embroidered with “spoiler alert,” and informing the Minnesota legislature that legislation needs to be passed requiring Kelsea Davis of International Falls to wear said shirt whenever discussing movies or books, especially in the presence of those who have not yet seen or read discussed works. Bear in mind that this shirt is a gift. A mandatory uniform under certain circumstances sure, but it is a gift showing my appreciation.

    Some very interesting pictures. Those hedges do look tasty.

    On another note…if I had to scribe a headstone for my dog it would read “faithfully making sure his human only gets a 1/4″ of the bed since 2007.”

    On to read more Kelsea!

  2. Pingback: WWW Day 23(p.m.): Scampering through Glendalough | Weekend Wanderer

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