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Wednesday in Dublin

After such a full day on Tuesday, we allow ourselves a slower start to the day

semi-overcast 54 °F

The weather was cool and overcast, with a brief shower. I wore my heavy raincoat.

Enjoying a late breakfast of eggs and rashers (thick Irish bacon; think really of ham slices, not the little streaky bacon we get), we took the Tram into central Dublin. We had a couple glitches of ordinary life that slowed our tourism fun. My lens cover on the big camera had somehow got smashed into place, and wouldn’t dislodge. We found a camera shop that fixed things up for us. Then, we needed to find me a new belt; I had come to the last notch, and was in danger of sagging my jeans. Now that’s a sight that would cause an instant drop in Irish tourism!

We also went to the Postal Office to purchase stamps. I purchased a box to send my extra stuff home. I’ve purchased many versions of the S. Brigid Cross, and some Starbucks Dublin mugs for Erin and me. This is the first of several boxes I’ll be shipping home!

Getting those things out of the way, we went straight to the Book of Kells, at Trinity College. The Book of Kells is an elaborately decorated Book of the Gospels from about AD800, in the monastery at Kells. Sacked by marauding Danes (we get along just fine now; even require passports), it was hidden and preserved.

The display and exhibition is very well laid out and gives a great introduction, even if one knows nothing of the Book. It was fabulous to see the intricacies of design, and the great lengths the monks would go to in order to beautify the Holy Gospels. It makes me ponder, not for the first time, what lengths to which people will go to employ life, skill, effort to the glory of God; but which to others might simply be a beautiful waste.

A late lunch was at the Porterhouse Pub, which is something unusual in Dublin: a brewpub! We both had the fish and chips; something we’ve both fallen in love with. And, of course, we were at Starbucks.

Because it was such a long day previously, we called it an early night, and came home to No. 73, Old Coast Guard Station. It has a full kitchen, and we can cook a bite and eat in, conserving Lilly funds. Oddly enough, the smallish refer has no freezer!

Pictures to follow!

Posted by stbrides 23:58 Archived in Ireland

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