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Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

I awoke to another grey morning and went down for a nice breakfast of poached eggs on toast with beans. Ready to go, I headed out and walked to the two cathedrals I hadn't been able to visit the other day: Christ Church (Anglican) and St. Patrick's (Roman Catholic). Both are absolutely huge! Unfortunately Christ Church didn't seem to be open at the time, so I didn't get to see inside, but St. Patrick's was. It's quite something on the inside; so ornate and beautifully designed. You can find Jonathan Swift's grave within the building as well as many others.

I finished my tour and met up with the hop-on-hop-off bus since I still had some time left on it. I sat up top under the canopy since it had been raining a bit, popping out to the open area to take a few pictures along the way.

Sign in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
After changing buses to start over, I stayed on until the Trinity College stop. I managed to get on one of the tours with a student guide. I definitely recommend that people take this option if they can because not only do you get witty insight into the buildings of the university, but you also get a ticket that allows you to get through the line a little faster to see one of the main attractions: pages from the Book of Kells. While I liked being able to see them, it was tough because so many people were crowding in and around, making it a bit tough to take your time.

But all the jostling was worth it since after comparing pages, I got to go into the long room, where many of the older books and manuscripts are kept. It most definitely lives up to its name, and it's such a gorgeously designed room I could have sat there looking at it for quite a while.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

But, I did move along downstairs to the shop and bought myself a Trinity sweatshirt since, well, I needed a sweatshirt, so why not one from here?

I slowly left the grounds to make my way to nearby Grafton Street, another famous shopping area in Dublin. A lot of clothing shops and what have you, and since the rain had passed and the temperature was rising, the street was packed with shoppers and street performers. I picked up a couple more things before heading up to O'Connell Street again to the Gresham Hotel where I was to enjoy afternoon tea. And boy did I enjoy it! From the sandwiches to the cakes to the tea, everything was excellent. I love doing afternoon tea anywhere I can, and this was happily not a disappointment.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
I was left to enjoy my food where I sat by the window, affording me time to relax and people watch. And at 18 euro it was quite a deal for Dublin!

Pleasantly full and refreshed for another walk, I made my way toward the Writer's Museum. Unfortunately I was disappointed as it was already closed for the day (it was almost 5pm and last entry was 4:15). It seemed that I was destined not to visit it this trip!

I made my way back to the guesthouse to prep myself for my flights the next day.

I loved my time in Dublin, but I really wish I'd had more time there as there was so much to see and I felt rushed at times.

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