Dublin & Wicklow

Ireland is getting the least time on our trip, and we are trying to enjoy every bit! First stop, Dublin and a pretty cramped little apartment.

 View out our bedroom window!

Our front door!

Dublin, though, is a beautiful city and we were in a great neighborhood. We were able to see the Book of Kells (an 8th century illuminated manuscript of the gospels), other sights, as well as a family-friendly music pub crawl.

Cover of book by Bernard Meehan, photos not allowed.

Old Library at Trinity College

 Lively Celtic music.

We visited with a friend of a friend, who used to live in San Pedro, learned some Dublin history, and saw Christ Church cathedral. That evening we saw Riverdance. Amazing!

 Christ Church Cathedral

Mary Icon

 Baptistry - includes pieces of all the marbles found in Ireland.

  Gaity Theater - Riverdance!

We headed for Wicklow in southeast Ireland yesterday, visiting the Powerscourt Gardens and Waterfall on the way.

Today was a real soul-nurturing day for me, as we spent it with birder, author Eric Dempsey. While I love bird-watching, I am no expert. Walking with Eric, we saw dozens of new species, and had a fabulous time. Highlights included Red Kite, Stonechat, Chiffchaff, sand Ringed Plover chicks.

Tomorrow we head to southwest Ireland, and the Dingle penninsula!


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