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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Day Two in Dublin

We rose to the melodious sounds of the bells of Christ Church at 10:45. To start the day we had a traditional Irish Breakfast in the hotel restaurant. By noon we were on the tour bus that took us to Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. It was an absolutely fascinating exhibition. Seeing the actual book was inspiring; however, the exhibit that precedes it is astonishing. It is all about bookbinding and creation of books. It reminded me of my bookbinding class in college that helped inspire CyberEnglish. The real highlight of the Trinity College tour was the Long Room. The Long Room is an incredibly old and incredibly surreal library at Trinity. It blew me away. I had to sit and just admire the beauty, the magnificence, the grandeur of the room. It has to be one of the most inspiring places I have ever been.

We walked around the corner to have a pint and to reflect on the experience at O'Neills. Another great soccer game was on the TV as we imbibed and chatted. The atmosphere of a good pub during a soccer game is a grand experience. We returned to the hotel and got the cameras. I wanted to film from the bus as we made our way to the Writers Museum. We are getting to know Dublin quite well as we hear from different drivers on the Hop On - Hop Off bus.

The Writers Museum of Dublin is fantastic. The audio tour is good, the exhibits are good. A great tour and wonder when Frank McCourt will be added. After the Writers Museum we walked back to O'Connell St past the Post Office, the site of the 1916 uprising, and across the bridge to Trinity College and caught the bus back to the hotel. In the hotel pub was a grand group playing traditional Irish music. We settled in for a pub meal, some Guinness and good music. The group playing was local. They invited those in the audience to sing or play. The audience sang those classic Irish songs, the din was raucous, and the cheer was friendly. Being in this pub for the past two evenings has helped us understand Dublin and Ireland. They are locals. We chatted with them and learned a lot about this country. We feel lucky to be outside the tourist bars and in the middle of things in Dublin. The last song was The Irish National Anthem. Everyone stopped what they were doing and stood quietly. The whole evening was inspiring and demonstrated a fantastic appreciation of honor and country. A walk along the Liffey River and back made for a good moonlight walk.

See a video of bus tour of Dublin.

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