Friday, May 16, 2008
Day 5-Friday in Dublin
After our day of golf, my sister and I did another day of sightseeing around Dublin. We started with the Book of Kells, located in Trinity College. I love books, and to see a book that has been around since the 9th century. It is a collection of gospels, written on calfskin. Just the sheer fact that the book has survived this long, and is still readable is amazing.
After seeing the book of Kells, you walk through The Long Room in the Old Library, which has approximately 200,000 of the libraries oldest books, which a team of volunteers are currently working to restore. This was one of my favorite parts of the trip, and my sister practically had to drag me out.
After that, we wandered around the Trinity College campus for a bit, and I marvelled at what it would be like to attend university at a place with so much history. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my 4 years at ASU, which has been around since the late 19th century, but Trinity College was established by Queen Elizabeth I and is over 400 years old.
After the college, Danielle and I went to tour the state apartments and the remaining structures of Dublin Castle. Again, as a history nut, it was interesting to be on these tours, hear about the revolution, especially when delivered with the humor and wit that the Irish are known for.
I even found a Knight in Shining Armor!!
Next up was a tour of the Jameson Distillery! I volunteered to be an official taste tester, and while I discovered that I'm not really a whiskey girl, I did enjoy the Irish whiskey better than the Scottish or American whiskeys.
We ate lunch at Apache Pizza, which I thought was appropriate since we are from AZ, then headed back to the hotel. We went out for some live music, and bar hopped a bit, which was a good ending to a great day.