Monday, September 18, 2006

South Dublin in a Day

I am finally back at the hotel after a long day of walking the South side of Dublin. I started out going to St. Stephen's Green and then to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells, the illuminated mauscript from circa AD 600. They didn't allow photos, so I won't include any.

I discovered a truism today about Dublin. I darted into a pub for lunch because it blew up a hearty rainstorm. It had been perfectly sunny when I left. I was drenched, and the bartender said, "First day in Dublin?" I agreed and asked why. He said, "Only people knew to Dublin forget their umbrella and jacket." There be truth in that.

I then moseyed over to St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of the two Anglican cathedrals here in Dublin. I have included a few shots below. I saw Jonathan Swift's grave, inside the church. He was dean there for like 3 decades. He is still the most hilarious satirist I have ever read.

I then buzzed over the the Guinness brewery in St. James' Gate. I am going to post some pics of that pilgrimage after this. The top floor is a 360 degree panorama of the city where you get to task a bit o' the black stuff, compliments of the establishment.

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