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A must see in Dublin
Mar and I woke up super early today so that we could see as much of Dublin as possible before our flight back to Scotland. After an Irish breakfast buffet in the hostel dining hall, we stowed our luggage at Globetrotters Tourist Hostel's free storage so we wouldn't be lugging it all around town.

Since Mar had been to Dublin before, she suggested that I must see the Book of Kells housed at Trinity College Library. To avoid the long queue into the exhibit, Trinity College was our first stop of the day. Mar loitered about Parliament Square while I explored the exhibit...she even experienced a light snowfall.

The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript of the 4 Gospels of the New Testament which was  transcribed by Celtic monks. The majority of the exhibit is informative on Irish history, the influence of Christianity, background on the making of the manuscript, and the symbolism of the images and motifs depicted on the pages.
Rotunda at Dublin City Hall


The final room, and what everyone is in line for, is devoted to an up close viewing of select pages from the Book of Kells.  The room is barely dimly lit because the harsh light could damage or fade the beautifully intricate and ornate and amazingly detailed page illustrations. Just looking at the minute motifs and vibrant color after centuries past, there is no doubt that creating this masterpiece was a painstakingly difficult endeavor. And of course, there was no photography allowed whatsoever...don't even dare as there are several security guards in the small room to protect their national treasure.

The exit from the manuscript viewing room leads to the Long Room of the Trinity College Library with its vaulted ceiling housing rows and rows of bookshelves which are highlighted by marble busts of renowned authors and philosophers. This space is a bibliophiles dream come true!

We only had a few hours and we wanted to make the most of it. So we purchased tickets for the Dublin Hop On-Hop Off Bus from the driver (I think it cost 15 euros) at the Trinity College Stop. After driving by 6 stops, including Merrion Square and St. Stephen's Green, Mar and I hopped off the bus the see the Dublin Castle grounds. The Dublin Castle exhibits were not open yet, so we skirted its periphery to admire the architecture.

Afterwards, instead of hopping back on the bus, we decided to walk the short distance to St. Patrick's Cathedral, passing Christ Church Cathedral along the way. St. Patrick's Cathedral interiors are quite impressive and beautiful from the stained glass windows to the vaulted ceiling. I was able to walk through it without paying the admission fee. Mar and I wandered outside to the park adjacent to the cathedral.
St. Patrick's Cathedral Golden Lectern
It was peaceful and serene with just the sound of the water flowing through the fountain, the park's centerpiece.

Outside St. Patrick's Cathedral, we waited quite a bit at the Dublin Hop On-Hop Off Bus stop for the bus. The brochure said the bus comes around every 15 minutes. Mar and I were very impatient so we looked at the city map and we decided that we could just walk to the Guinness Brewery. Well you can guess what happened...WE GOT LOST! Not only that, it started to rain on us for a good 10 minutes! At one point, we even considered hailing a taxi cab ride but since we were not near the city center, we figured we would be wasting time waiting for a cab to drive by.

With much perseverance, we eventually found our way to the St. James's Gate, the entrance for the Guinness Experience. With our Dublin Hop On-Hop Off Bus pass, we got 1 euro off the adult admissions fee (15 euros). At least a free pint of Guinness or Coke awaits at the Gravity Bar. While I am NOT a beer drinker, I find food science interesting especially since I got my BS in Microbiology and have made beer (albeit a poor execution of a lager) for a microbiology class once.
Me, Guinness, and a toucan's view of Dublin from the Gravity Bar
The Guinness advertisements are funny with a cute toucan. The Gravity Bar was cool with its floor to ceiling windows for a panoramic view of Dublin. On a cloudless day, the view from here would be spectacular.

After our "top of Dublin" refreshments, Mar and I caught up with the Dublin Hop On-Hop Off Bus and rode it back to O'Connell Street where we hopped off to get back to Globetrotters Tourist Hostel to collect my luggage. Then we were off to Busarus to catch the coach to Dublin Airport.

Goodbye Ireland...Hello Scotland!


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A must see in Dublin
A must see in Dublin
Rotunda at Dublin City Hall
Rotunda at Dublin City Hall
Chillaxin in St. Patricks Park
Chillaxin' in St. Patrick's Park
St. Patricks Cathedral Golden Lec…
St. Patrick's Cathedral Golden Le…
Me, Guinness, and a toucans view …
Me, Guinness, and a toucan's view…
The Campanile in Parliament Square…
The Campanile in Parliament Squar…
The Book of Kells exhibit at the T…
The Book of Kells exhibit at the …
Since I couldnt take photographs …
Since I couldn't take photographs…
The Campanile in Parliament Square…
The Campanile in Parliament Squar…
Mar chillaxin by the fountain in S…
Mar chillaxin by the fountain in …
Cloudy skies hover over St. Patric…
Cloudy skies hover over St. Patri…
Staircase to the organ loft at the…
Staircase to the organ loft at th…
St. Patricks Park fountain with t…
St. Patrick's Park fountain with …
View of St. Patricks Cathedral fr…
View of St. Patrick's Cathedral f…
Inside St. Patricks Cathedral
Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral
Entryway to St. Patricks Cathedral
Entryway to St. Patrick's Cathedral
Above the entryway to St. Patrick…
Above the entryway to St. Patrick…
Statue of Benjamin Guinness, of st…
Statue of Benjamin Guinness, of s…
Staircase to the organ loft at the…
Staircase to the organ loft at th…
Inside St. Patricks Cathedral wit…
Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral wi…
Stained glass windows of St. Patri…
Stained glass windows of St. Patr…
Lady Chapel just past the alter of…
Lady Chapel just past the alter o…
Stained glass windows above Lady C…
Stained glass windows above Lady …
More stained glass windows of St. …
More stained glass windows of St.…
In St. Patricks Park
In St. Patrick's Park
Fountain in St. Patricks Park wit…
Fountain in St. Patrick's Park wi…
Yup we hopped on this bus!
Yup we hopped on this bus!
Excavations on the Christ Church C…
Excavations on the Christ Church …
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
Mar is in stout heaven!
Mar is in stout heaven!
Holiday cheer at the Guinness Brew…
Holiday cheer at the Guinness Bre…
Just because I was in Dublin!
Just because I was in Dublin!
Water from the Wicklow Mountains i…
Water from the Wicklow Mountains …
I wonder if anyone has ever pulled…
I wonder if anyone has ever pulle…
Water from the Wicklow Mountains i…
Water from the Wicklow Mountains …
Beer brewing = Science
Beer brewing = Science
Just follow the arrows to the beer!
Just follow the arrows to the beer!
Alcoholics beware...
Alcoholics beware...
Seems kind creepy in here...
Seems kind creepy in here...
The marvels of mass production..
The marvels of mass production..
Time for HAPPY HOUR!
Time for HAPPY HOUR!
I can be Irish for a day...YAY!
I can be Irish for a day...YAY!
Old Guinness memorabilia
Old Guinness memorabilia
Mar certainly has...
Mar certainly has...
A man is strong when he has the su…
A man is strong when he has the s…
:)
:)
Even I can lift steel beams!
Even I can lift steel beams!
Toucans love Guinness too!
Toucans love Guinness too!
Directions to the bar... just foll…
Directions to the bar... just fol…
Pouring a pint of Guinness is an a…
Pouring a pint of Guinness is an …
View of Guinness Brewery from the …
View of Guinness Brewery from the…
Dublin from the Gravity Bar
Dublin from the Gravity Bar
Panoramic views of Dublin from the…
Panoramic views of Dublin from th…
More of the Guinness Brewery
More of the Guinness Brewery
Dublin from an elevated vantage po…
Dublin from an elevated vantage p…
Dublin panorama
Dublin panorama
Guinness Brewery...a must do when …
Guinness Brewery...a must do when…
Wonder how much Guinness stout is …
Wonder how much Guinness stout is…
Follow the arrows to get to the be…
Follow the arrows to get to the b…
Thats a LOT of Guiness
That's a LOT of Guiness
Merrion Square...where Oscar Wilde…
Merrion Square...where Oscar Wild…
St. Stephens Green
St. Stephen's Green
Gateway to the Great Courtyard whi…
Gateway to the Great Courtyard wh…
Map of the castle
Map of the castle
Cork Hill Gate is beside City Hall…
Cork Hill Gate is beside City Hal…
Bedford Tower
Bedford Tower
Chapel Royal and Norman Tower
Chapel Royal and Norman Tower
Facade of the Chapel Royal
Facade of the Chapel Royal
Chapel Royal, Norman Tower, and St…
Chapel Royal, Norman Tower, and S…
Palace Street Gate is directly opp…
Palace Street Gate is directly op…
Inside Dublin City Hall
Inside Dublin City Hall
Dublin decked out for the holidays
Dublin decked out for the holidays
Clock in front of the GPO
Clock in front of the GPO
Dublin = Great city
Dublin = Great city
Dublins General Post Office
Dublin's General Post Office
The official Irish name for Dublin…
The official Irish name for Dubli…
The Spire of Dublin aka the Monume…
The Spire of Dublin aka the Monum…
Hapenny Bridge aka Liffey Bridge
Ha'penny Bridge aka Liffey Bridge
Christ Church Cathedral
Christ Church Cathedral
A bust inside St. Patricks Cathed…
A bust inside St. Patrick's Cathe…
St. Patricks Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral
There goes that toucan again
There goes that toucan again
I can lift steel beams too!
I can lift steel beams too!
More fun with Guinness advertiseme…
More fun with Guinness advertisem…
A photo op with the toucan and his…
A photo op with the toucan and hi…
Guinness in the Gravity Bar
Guinness in the Gravity Bar
Mar chillaxin with her Guinness at…
Mar chillaxin with her Guinness a…
A perfectly poured pint of Guinness
A perfectly poured pint of Guinness
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