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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dublin, Ireland

Mom, Dad, and I left Thanksgiving Day for Dublin. It was their first time in Ireland. We landed early in the morning, and got to the hotel by 8:00 am. The hotel was the Central Hotel, near the Temple Bar area of Dublin.

As I suspected, we were not able to check in so early. We checked our bags as we were told to come back at noon to see if a room was ready. In the meantime, we walked down Exchequer Street to Grafton Street, home of Dublin's finest shopping. The Christmas lights were on, and even though it was 8:00 am, the sun was not up yet.



We saw the statue of Molly Malone, then headed down Grafton to St. Stephen's Green Shopping Center, where mom did some "Black Friday" shopping.



On the Green:



Afterwards, we walked back up Grafton to Trinity College, where I finally saw the Book of Kells--something I had been wanting to do for a long time. The Book of Kells dates back to 800 A.D. Celtic monks made elaborate illustrations of the Four Gospels. The Trinity College Library displays two Gospels at a time-- one to show the art, and the other to show the text. The art page displayed was an illustration of St. John, while the text displayed was the geneaology of Jesus from the Gospel of Matthew. Unfortunately, I couldn't take pictures inside, but I did get this picture outside:



Other scenes from Trinity College:





After a full cold morning, we finally checked into our hotel. The good news was we were able to get in at noon. The bad news was the hotel turns off the heat in the rooms for part of the day! As mama said, they didn't believe in heat or lights. (There were only a few table lamps in the room.)

After attempting to eat lunch at The Stag's Head, we moved down the street to The Bankers as the Stag's Head was out of Fish & Chips. The Bankers turned out to be a great choice, however.

The family at The Bankers (16 Trinity Street):



And our lunch:



After lunch, we walked to the Dublin Castle, then St. James Gate and the Guinness Storehouse, where I learned how to make the perfect pour.



That night, we walked around the city checking out the pubs and looking for a place to eat. In the end, we settled on a bottle of wine and take out pizza from Apache Pizza -- not bad.

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