Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Cold Day in Dublin was a cold, cold day in Dublin but it didn't stop us from seeing the city.  After a tasty breakfast at the hotel (do love when a full Irish is included with your room), we strolled back down Grafton Street to pick up the hop-on/hop-off bus.  Whenever we visit a city, we like to take one of these buses for the full route as it gives a lay of the land.  Here are some pics from along the route.

Christ Church

Saint Patrick's


After our journey around town, it was time for a small bite and an Irish was a cold day after all so we needed to warm up a bit.  We popped back in to Porter House and split a pulled pork sandwich which was quite tasty (high praise for two southern girls).

Next stop was Trinity College so we could see the Book of Kells. I highly recommend purchasing the optional audio tour as it provides great commentary on all you see as well as providing additional information than the storyboards.  After learning about the process of copying the manuscripts, you arrive in a dimly lit room with four pages on display.  It is quite remarkable to see the books after learning the challenges faced and while I respect and appreciate all the work, I was left wanting to see more.

The tour concludes in the Long Room.  As you ascend the stairs, the smell of old books fills the air...I do love the smell of old books and libraries. 

Brian Boru Harp

1916 Irish Independence Proclamation
We made our way back to the hotel to freshen up for afternoon tea at the Shelbourne Hotel.  During tea, we were treated to an impromptu concert from a hotel guest who was quite good. 

After tea, we headed over to the Raithmines area of Dublin to the Old Fire Station.  As you may remember, we were the courier for the transmitter from the Kells to Dublin on Monday.  Well tonight we got to see the transmitter in action in the play "The Last Post" a Just The Lads production...a great show about the Raithmines Return Letter Branch (dead letter office in the US).  It is a show that should be seen and one where you have to be ready to be a participant in the action. 

All in all, yet another great day in Ireland!

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