Shamrocks and Shillelaghs
Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
84Trip End Mar 24, 2011
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Where I stayed
O'Callaghan's Mont Clare Hotel, Dublin
Let me say that from the moment I landed in Ireland, I was hit by a wall of warmth and wit - every single person I have met has been incredibly dry, droll, witty and so incredibly nice. I was very much reminded of being around people from St. John's - the same sort of warm interaction style
My group went on a city tour, seeing the highlights of this amazing area. We saw both sides of the River Liffey, important buildings, famine statues, writers' landmarks - I can't wait to get back here in a week or so and dig in properly. My fellow tour members are mostly American but get this, one couple I met are not only from PEI, but from the eastern end of the Island - we're practically neighbors
We were also given a tour of Trinity College by a local guide as well as a chance to see the Book of Kells - that was quite an experience. These medieval manuscripts are truly religious art and are incredibly bright and colorful. I think the monks who created these works must have had the 96 box of Crayolas (with the built in sharpener).
After the tours, I joined two couples from my group at a nearby pub, the Ginger Man, for some supper - veg curry (minus the Guiness) for me - I have to muster up the courage to dive into that purely Irish drink.
I can't wait to surrender myself to the charms of this country, culture, music and especially these most welcoming and warm people. Stay tuned.