Friday, June 14, 2013

Day Trippin’ through Dublin!

Trinity College, Dublin Ireland.

Home of the famous Book of Kells!

We made a short jaunt from where the bus dropped us off and headed right for the college.  We had a limited amount of time and we wanted to fill it full.

A quick search online for more info dug up this information on Trinity College’s website:
Welcome to the Old Library and the Book of Kells Exhibition - a “must see” on the itinerary of all visitors to Dublin. Located in the heart of Dublin City, a walk through the cobbled stones of Trinity College Dublin will bring visitors back to the 18th century, when the magnificent Old Library building was constructed.
Inside is housed the Book of Kells - a 9th-century gospel manuscript famous throughout the world. Visitors are welcomed by our friendly staff seven days a week.  
Visitors enter through the Library Shop and proceed to the Book of Kells "Turning Darkness into Light" exhibition; then to the Treasury where the Book of Kells and other related manuscripts are on view; then proceed upstairs to the magnificent Long Room which houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases.
Exhibitions are held in the Long Room to display the rich holdings of the Library and encourage further research.

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This way to the Book of Kells!

The Book of Kells is also available for you to view digitally online. We don't have photos of the book of Kells as photography was not allowed. Click HERE to see what we were after.  These manuscripts are not only priceless, but artistic – each page gives a clue into the personality of the scribe that was recording each word, embellishing each page.  It’s like touching history to see these manuscripts and read about them.

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The best part about touring from your armchair?  No entrance fee, and no pickpockets to worry about!

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From here we wandered the streets – I was particularily interested in seeing what Grafton Street was all about thanks to a song by Nanci Griffith who sang “On Grafton Street, Christmas time, People push you round……”  I can now put images to her words!  Can you read the street sign on the wall above the bank?  GRAFTON STREET!

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Grafton Street!

You will find every shop under the sun in this strictly pedestrian area – easy walking, places to eat, pubs with music, street artists and musicians adding sight and sound to the mix of humanity walking by.

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I even found my long distant cousin!  We share the same surname –Wilkinson!

This is Mark Wilkinson, musician ---and it was fun to tell him that I share his name, and that I have a brother named Mark Wilkinson as well.  I bought his CD ---dang, he’s good! 

Another thing that Dublin is famous for are the colorful doors – doors of every hue can be found, each different from the next – but the most photographed door in all of Dublin is this one:

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Take a tour with me along the streets of Dublin ---

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Dublin , Ireland 2013

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  1. Wow - is that dog a sand sculpture? It's amazing! Thank you for the great pictures of Dublin!!!

  2. I really like Grafton Street! You will have to play Mark Wilkinson's CD sometime while doing Quilt Cam so we can hear it too. I see what you mean about the colorful doors! You took one picture of 4 gentlemen. There were 2 standing and 2 sitting with a dog in front of them. Were they real people made to look like statues?

  3. You take the best pictures! Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

  4. What fun things you saw.....I just love Dublin, did you enjoy any pubs there at night? Sing along with the crowd?

    Happy Sewing and Safe travels.....are you doing any hand work along the way?

  5. Love all the pics and memories you have shared with us from Ireland! Fly safely home :) Kathi

  6. Anonymous9:32 PM EDT

    My grandparents were from Buncrana, Donegal so I just thrilled to see your pictures of Dublin!!!!

  7. You know what I noticed a family rate is 2 adults and 4 children
    In the USA what I see as a family rate is 2 adults and 2 children
    And it's always good to be reminded to pay attendition to your surroundings and watch your valuables .

    Loving visiting Ireland through you as Irish blood runs in my veins. Too
    I hope to live long enough to visit the homeland I've never known

  8. Oh how I would love to visit Dublin one day. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!

  9. Bonnie, fantastic pictures. I do love those doors. I love all the buildings. Your trip to Ireland has been a great adventure.

  10. I was going to mention the same thing that Colleen did...I thought it was interesting that the 'family rate' assumes 2 adults and FOUR children, while here in the US, a 'family rate' always assumes two adults and two children.


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