A Brief Tour of Dublin

Trip Start Jun 12, 2010
Trip End Jul 18, 2010

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

We finally got our first B of the B&B.  I had the traditional Irish breakfast of eggs over easy, sausage, bacon, plus black pudding and white pudding.  The sausage is pretty much like fine ground American breakfast sausage.  The bacon is salty ham.  The pudding is pork, oatmeal, and flavorings.  Heidi had the French Toast.  Boring, but good she said.

We took the train to Trinity College (founded in 1592) to see the "Book of Kells" exhibit in their 4.5 million volume library.  The Book of Kells is a four volume, handmade New Testament created by Celtic monks c.800 AD.  According to the exhibit, it is a decorative work, not made for actual use.  (Yes.  I'm married to a school teacher.)

After a meandering walk through Grafton Street (fashion district and an amazing grocery store) and the city center, we took the bus to the Botanical Garden which was lovely.  So many species, beautiful grounds, elaborate hot houses, and water features.  There is a botanical garden convention going on.  We thought about crashing it and representing Fayetteville but decided we were hungry so we headed home.

Our return to the hotel included a ride on the second deck of the double decker bus.  This is not a fun as it sounds when your view includes several near misses and what seemed like certain death for a cyclist down streets resembling bike paths.

We dined at a pub - stealing the coasters, Peggy.   I had the Irish stew and Heidi had Fish and Chips and a half pint of Guinness.  I tasted it, and it was pretty good.  The TV in the pub was running a news story about a big report on "Bloody Sunday" and how the British prime minister commented that the massacre was unjustified.  It felt amazing to be here at this historic moment.  Shocking that it took so long: 1972.  Neither Heidi or I were born yet.
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An T Em Bernhardt on

Gosh you are so lucky to be there - it looks great - keep the news coming - maybe since Heidi is a school teacher for once in my life I might learn something.
Love to you both - stay safe and well

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