I started the day catching a Dublin Hop-On, Hop-Off bus. I took it to Christ’s Church Cathedral. Inside, I spent a pleasant hour.
It was quiet, with the visitors present honoring the sanctity of the place by walking softly and speaking quietly.
In addition to beautiful stained glass windows, it has a collection of Icons painted by a young Eastern European artist in the tradition of the Orthodox Church. This one of the Madonna and Child was particularly beautiful.
In the Crypt, in addition to pieces from the renovations to the building were these costumes from the television series: The Tudors. It was difficult to see them in the dark of the crypt. This picture was taken with an ISO of 1000 to get the colors to register.
After coming out of Christ Church, I walked north towards the river Liffey, trying to find an arch on the tourist map. I didn’t find it, but did come out at the river across from the Courts of Justice.
Next, I walked to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. It had a lot more visitors and was quite a bit noisier and less like a Church. Unlike Christ Church, where the gift shop was in the Crypt, the gift shop of St. Patrick’s was in the back of the sanctuary as you came in the entrance.
These helmets above the thrones (?) near the alter were very cool.
I hopped back on the bus which took a meandering trip around Dublin, past the Guinness factory, the Dublin Zoo, the Irish American Ambassador’s House, and the Irish President’s House (The Irish White House).
The President has a heck of a commute to work!
I got off at the Night Bar and ate a bite of lunch in the pub while watching Rugby. I then visited Henry Street to replace my headphones, which I damaged pulling my bag on and off. Turning back to the south, I arrived at the Ha’Penny Bridge, otherwise known as the Liffey Bridge, which was decked out in Blue to promote the Smurf’s new movie.
The weather alternated between sunny and rainy all day, with a fair breeze and chilly temperatures. I was very glad I had an umbrella and my jacket. I wove my way through Temple Bar to Trinity College.
I was heading to the National Museum of History, but a bit of a round about way so that I could go in the Celtic Note, an Irish music store, where I purchased 3 CD’s – Solas’ new one, a Lunasa CD and a Horslips CD.
The National Museum of History is excellent – and free entry – so more than worth the trip! I viewed every exhibit they had over the course of two and a half hours. My favorite was the Celtic Gold exhibit, followed closely by the Irish Treasury. I did go through the Bog exhibit, which was fascinating in a rubber-necking sort of way. I didn’t take any pictures in there, as it just seemed too ghoulish.
I photographed almost every artifact, but these golden collar’s were something else!
I got to see the Tara Broach to go with the oldest Irish Harp I saw yesterday. The workmanship is stunning!
At the end of the Medieval Ireland exhibit they had some models of parts of Dublin. I didn’t catch the time frames, but snapped photos anyway.
I ended my evening by walking around Merrion Court, followed by dinner at the Foley Restaurant. I had planned to eat in a pub and listen to Irish music, as recommended by a gentleman at the National History Museum, but it was wall to wall at 7:30 and I had been on my feet since 9am this morning, so passed on that and had a lovely Irish dinner.