Our day in Dublin started with a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells (an illustrated Gospel believed to date to 800 A.D.).
After seeing the book of Kells, we visited the old library of Trinity College.
From Trinity College, Katherine and I left the tour group and walked to Christ Church Cathedral.
Here are a couple of the best pictures I took inside the cathedral:
After leaving, we stopped for lunch at a festival that happened to be going right outside of the cathedral. Katherine and I were both amused by the "Cranky Yankee" Corn Dog sign. We sat on the grounds of the church and ate while watching the people go by--it was Katherine's idea to stop and it was a great little break.
After lunch we walked down towards St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Below are some of my favorite pictures from St. Patrick's:
(St. Patrick stained glass window)
(burial place of Jonathan Swift. On the way to St. Patrick's we passed plaques on some of the buildings quoting from Gulliver's Travels).
(colorful floor tiles)
(This is believed to be the spot where St. Patrick preached)
From St. Patrick's we began to circle back to our hotel, but first stopped in Merrion Square, a somewhat wild park in Dublin. It is appropriately the home of a statute of Oscar Wilde, who lived in Dublin across the street form the park.
After the park, we started the walk back to our hotel, and crossed the River Liffy.
The next day we left and drove to Belfast, North Ireland for a very brief stop...
(Belfast City Hall)
(Titanic Memorial--the Titanic was built in Belfast)
and then we caught a Ferry to Scotland.
(My lunch of porridge. It wasn't sure whether it liked the Ferry ride)
Now for a quick tea anecdote. I spent the entire trip accumulating teabags from the different hotels we stayed at. I had quite the collection by the time we left: