The Emerald Isle

Trip Start May 17, 2006
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Monday, July 17, 2006

I can't believe I made it to Ireland. I have always wanted to come here. I am so glad that I did too. I loved it here.

I went to the Tourist Information offce first before I did anything else. I would recommend this to anyone travelling. They have such useful information. I decided to take a hop on, hop off bus tour which allows you to get on and off the bus as much as you want while it stops at all the big sites around the city. It also has a commentary on it so you can get some extra history of the area.

My first stop was Trinity College. This was impressive. I did a tour of the college. Some of the students put them on for tourists and we had a very good guide. He was very knowlegable and funny. This school is where the Book of Kells is. It is the latin gospels of Luke, John, Mark, and Matthew and it is one of the finest works of art. There were no pictures allowed inside because they have to preserve the books and the light deminishes the ink.

From here, I got back on the bus and stopped at Christ Church Cathedral. Here is where Strongbow, one of the english knights that came to Ireland is buried. If you have read Edward Rutherford's Princes of Ireland or have any knowledge of Irish history, then you know who he is.

From here, I went to Saint Patrick's Cathedral. This was beautiful. From here, I then went to the Dublin Zoo. I spent a couple of hours here. I got to see animals I have never seen before. It was cool. They also had a Tim Horton's inside the zoo. The coffee wasn't as good, but the doughnuts were.

My second night here, I went to see Riverdance. It was amazing. I have always wanted to see it and to be able to see it in Ireland made it better. It was in the most beautiful theatre I have ever been inside. And I had good seats as well.

The next day, I decided to go to Omagh to see if I could see Grandpa's grave and to do some research. I guess the ticket counter guy was not a morning person because he directed me onto the wrong bus, and the bus driver didn't look at my ticket properly so I went on the wrong bus. So instead of it taking me 2 and a half hours to get there, it took 8. I'm glad that I took the first morning bus. I was so mad. I wanted to spend the whole day in Omagh, and I only got to spend 3 hours there so I could catch the last bus back. So I didn't get to see his grave, but I did go to the library to do some research and look through some microfiche. I saw an ad from 1936 that advertised no one to give his wife credit at their stores and that if they did, he would not be accountable for it. It was funny.

I went to the Savoy theatre to see a movie too. It is the biggest screen in Europe I think it said. And it was huge. I also spent some time in the Temple Bar area, but I wasn't really impressed. I didn't get to try enough Irish food. But what I did try was so good.

My last day there, I went to some of the museums. I got to see St. Patrick's bell and shrine, St. Patrick's took and the shrine for St. Brigid's shoe. Why is it that it is always weapons and jewllery that survive the ages? Most museums are full of those items.

Well it is time to move onto my next stop: Italy.
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