Happy St. Paddy’s Day! No better time to catch up on my overdue post about my trip to Ireland.
I spent a week in Dublin last month, and loved it. The city was really pretty and full of history. The best thing about Dublin (other than the Guinness?) is the people. So friendly, talkative and interesting.
Back to the Guinness, though…I thought it was a myth that it tasted better in Dublin, but I can tell you now that it’s not. Sooo good.
There’s also no shortage of places to drink it in Dublin. Literally a bar on every corner. Some were quite touristy, but if you knew the right people they might be kind enough to show you to a real, authentic Dublin pub – where the Guinness flows freely and the back room, after hours, is host to an impromptu sing-along of traditional Irish songs.
Dublin is also a great walking city. Very compact and flat (reminded me of Boston), with lots to look at.
Some of my favorite sites:
Trinity College, Dublin
Dramatic and, at the same time cozy. The main quad looked unchanged since the 1700s. I could just picture professors, in scholarly robes, roaming the grounds..
The Book of Kells and the Long Room
My favorite place in Dublin…yes I have a thing for old things, books and busts (I have a bust of Jefferson on my desk, and my business card).
Is a library, on the grounds of Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is kept. The Book is an intricately illuminated Bible, that’s over 1000 years old. Just as impressive is the building in which it’s kept: the Long Room of the library. It’s over 200 feet long and holds 200,000 books: once the repository of a copy of every book that was printed in Ireland.