Today was our only full day in Dublin and our last day before flying home. It might be Good Friday, but we were still going to use every minute to explore.
First stop was the campus of Trinity College. Founded in 1592, that’s all. Tours and the library didn’t start until later in the day, so we just did our own little stroll around campus.
I don’t think I’ve yet said that it was another gorgeous day, not a cloud in the sky, 50°F, just a little wind. We certainly lucked out with the weather.
We then walked over to Dublin Castle. I remarked to Ellen today that Ireland has been different from most European countries we have visited, in that there was no royalty, no palaces and pomp. Ireland is a relatively new nation, with invaders having written most of the history. The castle was closed for the holiday, so we couldn’t go inside, but we enjoyed walking around the grounds and to the garden behind.
There was one more church to visit, Christ Church Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century. We don’t have anything like this back in the States, right?
We stopped at Bobo’s Burgers for lunch. Mostly because Ellen liked the name. Plus, easy to have a burger without a bun for Passover.
Now, back to Trinity College. We took a walking tour this time, narrated by a student. We found the history of the college interesting, but mostly wanted to see the long room. Also in the old library is the Book of Kells, a book with 4 gospels that dates back to 800. But the long room was the highlight.
We crossed the River Liffey to get another view of the spire. So different today versus yesterday, right?
Our final stop on the way home was the Victorian Park, Saint Stephen’s Green. We had walked past it several times, but never entered. All cities need green, open space.
We had left the hotel this morning with a request to make a dinner reservation at the hotel’s restaurant. We got back to the hotel at 6:30pm and found that they were full. But the concierge had made a reservation for us at another restaurant, just a 10 minute walk away. So we had a delightful meal at the Pig’s Ear. We shared the Earl Grey tea cured & smoked salmon as our appetizer. Ellen had the organic Scottish Salmon and I had the beef cheek. And no one in the restaurant (or in Dublin) had alcohol with their meal. Yet everyone survived!
Tomorrow, we navigate getting to the airport, getting our VAT refund, going through customs and immigration here in Dublin and then flying home. I’ll do one more post with my thoughts for the trip when we get home
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