Saving the absolute best to last, what I wanted to do more than anything was visit Trinity College while in Dublin, Ireland, for just those three short days at the beginning of September. Lucky for me, it was only 2 blocks away from my Blooms hotel!
But first, before I get to that....on the other side of the hotel from Trinity, on the Temple Bar side, is the River Liffey that runs right through the center of Dublin.
This is the Ha'penny (pedestrian) Bridge from 1816, made of cast iron.
She's a beauty! And look at all those love padlocks.
Every day we had chances to walk back-n-forth over it.
When Irish Catherine was guiding us around the city, she took us to the Garden of Remembrance, a memorial dedicated in 1966 to the memory of "all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom." It was opened on the 50th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising that I mentioned in my previous post.
At one end of the memorial is the Children of Lir statue from the Irish legend
of 4 children who were turned into swans for 300 years before being freed from their spell.
Catherine says the statue is very powerful for all Irish children growing up with the legend.
The church nearby is the Findlater's Presbyterian Church from 1863.
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Now, to Trinity College!
Upon entering the college complex, you immediately see the Campanile bell tower from 1853.
It took my breath away. And I thought of my mom who loved college campuses.
A PhD student, Stephen, gave us a short tour of the campus before we visited the old library.
Outside the Berkeley Library stands Sphere Within Sphere from 1996,
a bronze sculpture by Italian sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro.
But it was the Old Library we wanted to see because of the Book of Kells!
It began with the founding of Trinity College in 1592 and this is its long hall.
It's the largest library in Ireland with over 5 million volumes.
Did I ever mention how much I love wood!
Did I ever mention how much I love old books and manuscripts!
We DID enter the rooms where the Book of Kells exhibit is housed.
But sadly, NO PHOTOS ALLOWED. And we all obeyed.
But I bought a perfect book about it which I will treasure forever....
And I bought Celtic Art the Methods of Construction for Astrid
who is dying to start drawing her own Celtic designs.
Catherine says they had to learn to draw basic Celtic designs in school!
So, there you have it...the end of my 3-day Dublin trip.
Totally worth every minute, nickel and dime!