Dublin

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
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Trip End Jul 22, 2008


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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Tuesday, July 22, 2008

OK, this will be the final entry for this trip. By now, we're nearly at the end of our two weeks and, going to Dublin was quite a change from the countryside settings we'd been in mostly up to now. Still, as a 1000 year old city, it was interesting.

We stayed in a suburb of Dublin called Malahide. Like so many other places in Ireland, it has a castle. Thankfully, we'd had enough of them by now, so we did a quick a 'walk by' and walked through the grounds. Along the way we stopped to watch a Crickett match. (About as boring as it gets. Even the Coach - Phil - was ready to move on after about 20 minutes!). But we made it into the town which is on the coast and pretty cosmopolitan. There is a marina there and some nice shops. Of course we found a pub and got to watch part of the British Open on TV. Guinness and Golf, what a combination ...

The next two days were spent in Dublin. Our B&B was about 7 km from the heart of town and there was a bus literally outside the door so we dumped the Skoda (car) at the airport and opted for public transportation - which was wise since Dublin is a medieval city, meaning the streets are not car-friendly.

We did the 'tourist highlights', here are a few;

- we started with a bus tour that got us oriented to the city
- visited Trinity College (truly amazing place) and saw the Book of Kells which is a hand-written account of the gospels in latin (no, my 4 years of latin did not come in handy). There was also a copy of the Book of Armagh, also written by monks around 800 AD. The displan is in one of the college libraries and upstairs, is a large hall, called the "Long Room" which contains some 200,000 volumes almost all of which are irreplacable, hand-written books. This room was interesting for many reasons. However, we were impressed to learn how the boos are stored. They don't shelve them by dewey or even alpabetically. Instead, they are sorted by size! Its amazing to look up 65' at the stacks and see volumes that are older than the US! If that doesn't impress you, you might be happy to learn that this room was also the inspiration for the great hall in Harry Potter movie!
- we took a tour of the Guinness warehouse (certainly highlight for one of us!) and visited the Gravity Bar which is at the top of the building and has a commanding view of Dublin. You get a pint with your paid ticket so all the "looking" paid off in the end!
- then, as our final cultural event we went to see Riverdance at the Gaiety Theater. It was excellent, great music, energetic dancers and some surprises that you'd have to see to appreciate.

By then, we were ready to head home. We loved the trip, had a lot of fun with great company and met some really fun and interesting people. Most of all, we learned that we really could travel to distant places and got the 'bug'. No telling where we'll head next! :-)

Hope you enjoyed this. It was a learning experience for us to do.

Love to all.

Bye for now.

Hersheytravel.
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