Sightseeing in Dublin

Yesterday was a non-work day and so I decided to see as much as I possibly could. After a late start two of us went to Trinity College to see the old library and a very, very old book, The Book of Kells.

I love libraries anyway but this one is one of the very best. There are over 200,000 books from floor to ceiling with long ladders to reach the upper shelves. I wish we could capture the smell in photographs because the smell and the atmosphere in the room was amazing.

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Donncha has a real camera and took this selfie of us.

Photo by: Donncha O Caoimh (http://inphotos.org)
Photo by: Donncha O Caoimh (http://inphotos.org)

Some pics from the University.

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In the afternoon a few of us went to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. I like Modern Art galleries because you never know what you’re going to get. Sometimes the things they classify as art are so weird that they’re jaw-dropping and I wasn’t disappointed this time. There were paintings of penises. How lucky was that? They had a Patrick Hennessy exhibition on and he was gay and painted a lot of men. It’s much more common to see naked women in art and although I think the female form is beautiful, particularly in paintings, it was a nice change to see a few penises instead.

After this five of us did an Escape Room and managed to escape which was great. Escape Rooms are so much fun and really emphasise the importance of team work.

Last pic from dinner a couple of nights ago.

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10 thoughts on “Sightseeing in Dublin

  1. Re the library, I’m amazed at how high the shelves, and thus the ladders, are. I wonder how often people fall off the ladders. 🙂

    I’m disappointed that you didn’t post any photos of the penises or have you saved them for a separate post?

  2. Rachel, my dad was a librarian so appreciate that look, smell etc. He looked after the special collection in Liverpool so had some amazing rare books that I was privileged to wander through & around. Still love the written word.

    1. Oh that’s impressive. There’s something very special about books that e-readers lack. Did you get to spend any time in the special collection in Liverpool?

      1. Plenty, Koreans written on grains of rice, bindings with exquisite pictures on the edges of the pages, which turned into a different one when riffle the other way, a huge Audobon book of birds, worth a fortune etc. etc. A magic playground.

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