Monday, January 19, 2009

Dublin Days

Since the actual purpose of traveling to Dublin was my husband's business trip, he had to work for three days. Poor guy. So after a hearty Irish Breakfast, he set off to University College Dublin.

Meanwhile, I saw the sights,

either walking or hopping on and off the green bus. I must say, my favorite driver was Eamon, because of his twisted sense of humor.

Inside St. Patrick's

Dublin Castle, St. Patrick's Cathedral , Christ Church Cathedral, Dublinia (a visit to medieval Dublin), Kilmainham Gaol -- here's an old U2 video filmed there:

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History I loved this place. I spent hours here. Coins, silver, furniture, scientific instruments, clothing, and even military history! And a room full of stuff, like the worlds greatest antique mall.

Irish Museum of Modern Art. I tried to go here, I really did. But they were unexpectedly closed due to NO HEAT and had no idea when they would reopen. So I went to...

Dublin Zoo. There was some discussion the night before over whether I would see any animals or if they would all be cowering from the cold inside their caves. Although there were only 20 visitors and I felt like I was in a zombie movie, the animals were present and lively. The more tropical animals had glass windows into their enclosures.
The rhinos were active. This bird was walking across the frozen lake. Yes it was cold!

The bus loop went past the Clarence Hotel, owned by Bono and the Edge. So I'll leave you with another video.


Tricia said...

I'm totally jealous. I've not yet been to Ireland, and I"m glad you had such a nice visit and tours.

Jen on the Edge said...

An old video of U2 indeed. Bono's mullet wasn't quite at it's most impressive, but it was still a sight to behold.

Thanks for sharing the photos and thoughts about your trip.

The Guider said...

So cool. I've loved hearing about this trip.

Memarie Lane said...

What fun! May I live vicariously through you?

Vanessa said...

I'm so surprised there was a zoo there! How amazing! I'm not sure why, but I never envisioned a zoo in Dublin.

Louise said...

NO WAY you liked the driver with the twisted sense of humor! ;-r

I love the bird walking across the ice. I'm sure I've never seen such a thing!