Crisscrossing Dublin

I’ve mentioned repeatedly that I really enjoy walking while I explore a new city. It’s great exercise, and I like being “on the ground,” so to speak. But I’m not a travel snob. I will gladly hop onto a tour bus, and I booked a 48-hour ticket on the CitySightseeing Dublin service to take me to some of the places I hadn’t visited yet.

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This post is a hodgepodge of photos I snapped while bus hopping.

Trinity College

I like visiting college campuses. I spent the first few months of my life on a college campus, so I guess that got into my blood. The Trinity College Library is utterly fascinating. Yeah, it’s crazy crowded and everyone is trying to take pictures. But if you can, just stop and soak it in for a few moments. I wanted to climb on those ladders.

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The Trinity College Library has the Book of Kells on display. Taking photos isn’t allowed, but you should certainly make sure you see this historic work while you’re on campus. And while you’re there, you might as well wander the grounds a bit.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral was undergoing some exterior renovations during my visit. Once I got inside, I found that I was much more interested in looking down instead of looking up. For some reason, I found the floor tiles fascinating.

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I dare say that one of the strangest exhibits I have ever seen in a European church of renown is the mummified cat and rat on display on the cathedral’s lower floor.

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Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Park

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Bonus Photo!

I stopped by the National Museum of Ireland and found an interactive exhibit that lets you look up your Irish surname. My name comes from my mother’s side of the family.

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