Library Bar where you could sit and while away the hours if only you had a bit more time than us. It is a cosy, albeit busy, place that feels like you stepped into the set of a BBC costume drama with large wooden bookcases, open fires and elegant old chairs. We only had a quick drink here but in that time met a couple of friendly Dubliners who made us wish we could have stayed longer.
Tart with the Cart, and the Floozie in the Jacuzzi. I have been to the Dulbin Writers Festival and Bloomsday. One of the fun ways to see the city is the Viking Splash tour, which we would have done again on this visit if it hadn't been out of season.
One of the first tourist attractions that I ever visited in Ireland was the Book of Kells at Trinity College. I don't think I appreciated it as much as I might today. I was more in awe of the faded glory of the Long Room Library at Trinity. We didn't visit the Book of Kells on this trip but we did walk through the ground of Trinity (above) and had a quick browse in the giftshop.
Little Museum of Dublin. It is one of the newer attractions in Dublin, having only opened last year. The museum is housed in one of Dublin's traditional Georgian terrace houses and focuses on the social, cultural and political history of the city. It is both more local than many of the other museums in the city and also not quite so overwhelming (being little).
Chester Beatty Library. (The present building opened in 2000.) We went there on such a wet dark afternoon that I was unable to take any photos of the beautiful Dublin Castle grounds where it is located. Though it is called a library, it is more a museum of the book. Chester Beatty was a successful mining engineer from America who collected rare books and manuscripts and left them to the people of Ireland, where he was living at the time of his death. We went on a very informative and highly entertaining tour of the displays.
Hodges Figgis bookstore. She then kindly looked after Sylvia and Dash so that we could spend time browsing the shelves. Oh joy! I often judge a bookstore by the vegetarian cookbooks and was impressed by the range here. What really struck me on this visit to Dublin was the bilingual nature of the city. So many signs were in both English and Irish. Even the bookstore signs as you can see in the above photo.
Another favourite shop that Chris insisted upon taking us was Avoca. It is a store that is full of gorgeous displays of clothes, children's toys, and homewares. While Chris made a valiant effort to stop Sylvia and Dash hiding their toy coins in the little kids cases, I wandered through the kitchen and food section, my heart aflutter at the beautiful crockery and my stomach grumbling for scones and brownies and soda bread. I did buy a pretty teatowel and made a wise purchase of a cheese and tomato scone for the airport. Had I the time, money and space in my suitcase I would have bought a lot more.
Well that is it for my Dublin posts. We had a fantastic time there with my sister and her family. Their hospitality was warm and welcoming. I have plenty to write about Edinburgh where we are now staying. Fortunately as we are here longer, we are not having to cram so much into a short period of time and can relax a bit more. More about it soon.