Thursday, July 31, 2008

Ireland: Day 3

Today we toured Dublin - mostly aboard the bus. On our scenic drive through the city (for which we were actually awake & alert this time), we saw the following:
  • Grafton Street - The pedestrian area of Dublin. Lots of shopping & pubs. No autos are allowed. Always packed with people.
  • Famous door - The largest & most photographed residential door in Dublin.
  • D4 zip code - The most prestigious area to live in Dublin (kind of like Highland Park).
  • Trinity College - AKA The University of Ireland & the most prestigious in Ireland. 47 acres in the center of Dublin. Until 1970, Catholics had to get special permission to attend. There's no tuition for EU citizens and most get grants for living expenses, as well. Over 50% of the population gets some kind of college education. Also the home of The Book of Kells.
  • RTE - National television & radio broadcasting.
  • Christ's Church Cathedral - Built inside the old medieval wall. Protestant congregation.
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral - Built on the outside the old medieval wall. Built on the grounds near the well where St. Patrick converted a man. Also a Protestant congregation. Johnathan Swift & his wife are buried on the grounds.

After lunch on Grafton Street, we toured the Book of Kells exhibit at Trinity College. It was a fascinating description of the origin of the tiny manuscripts and how they were made. The artisanship and craftsmanship is amazing. We couldn't take photos of the exhibit. But you can see examples here. This exhibit ended at the entrance to The Long Room - or the main chamber of the old library. Their collection is absolutely extraordinary, not to mention extensive. When the original library had filled every shelf, they raised the roof to its present height. The library houses over 200,000 books.

In the evening, we gave our first concert at St. Ann's. It was a relatively good concert, considering most of us were still jet lagged. The concert was well-attended. Even some of Harry's friends from home were there - they happened to be in Dublin on business & popped in to see us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

good thing you took notes. I don't remember some of those details. I guess I didn't pay attention to the explanations. We saw so much.
Your travel partner, MOM