Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, Temple Bar

Trip Start Jun 15, 2009
Trip End Jun 26, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Thursday, June 25, 2009

Got up at 0530 this morning to return the rental car to the airport.  The rental agency was really easy to find.  I was a little worried they might try to charge me for scrapes on the side of the car, but they didn't.  Since the roads were so narrow, we were constantly scraping the trees on the side just to get by!  I grabbed a taxi back to the hotel and mom was already up.  We went downstairs to eat the free hotel breakfast, which was very good, and then began exploring the city.  We walked down O'Connell street and I pointed out some of the sights, such as the famous bank in front of the Spire that took some bullets during the Bloody Sunday Massacre.  We then went to the St Patrick's Church, which was not yet opened, so we waited a couple of minutes to get in.  St Patrick's is the second oldest Medieval Church in Dublin, but the most beautiful.  It is also the largest church in Ireland.
We then went to the oldest Medieval Church in Dublin, the Christ Church Cathedral, which was only a couple of blocks up the street.  The construction on this church was begun in 1038 and was the cathedral that most of the upper class citizens in Dublin attended. 
Dublin Castle was our next stop.  We took the guided tour which explained the history and ended in the relatively recent excavation of one of the lost towers. 
We then walked up to Trinity College and went through The Book of Kells exhibit.  This book is believed to have been transcribed around 600 and has passed through a lot of hands until is was presented to Trinity college in the 1600s, where it has been ever since.  The exhibit describes the entire history of The book of Kells and was very crowded.  The exhibit ends in the library, which contains thousands of old books. 
We walked up Grafton Street, which is the premier shopping area in Dublin.  We had lunch at an upstairs restuarant.  We then went into a jewelry store that I had gotten a necklace at in 2006.  This time, I found a wonderful Celtic cross necklace that I purchased.
We then walked over the Ha penny Bridge and found a sweater shop. I found a cute Aran Islands sweater and decided to buy it.  We then walked down to the Temple Bar area and had a Bailey's at the Hard Rock Cafe.  We had done a lot of walking that day, so mom wanted to head back to the hotel.  I walked back with her and then headed out to find a couple of souvenirs.  I picked up a T-shirt for Dad and then an Irish sweatshirt for myself and one that mom wanted for my sister.  I then picked up some food for us a McDonald's and brought it back to the hotel to finish off our trip.
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