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    Ireland Part 5: Kilkenny and Dublin

    After a night in Cork, we headed back east. We made a stop in Kilkenny and saw the castle. (Photography was not allowed inside.) Much of the Kilkenny Castle had been restored. I don’t watch the show, but our friend said it was very Downton Abbey. The art gallery was especially impressive.


    Kilkenny Castle entrance


    Kilkenny Castle


    There was a beautiful rose garden in back:



    Kilkenny Rose Garden




    After touring through the castle, we grabbed a quick lunch at the farmers market then headed back to Dublin. We had two nights left of our trip. We didn’t do much the first night, and we all had different places in Dublin we wanted to see on Friday.

    Friday ended up being our only rain day, which made it perfect for checking out museums. David and I tried to go to the National Decorative Arts and History museum, but we found out we were on the wrong side of town. We stopped into the National Museum of Archeology instead. Entrance was free, which was great. We saw artifacts from 7000BC and learned about the bog areas of Ireland. They had several petrified bodies that were found in the bogs – creepy!


    Dublin Archeology Musem


    After the museum, we met up with our friends at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. St. Patrick’s was rebuilt in the early thirteenth century:


    St. Patrick Cathedral


    It was huge and incredible and beautiful. There was so much to see inside.


    St. Patrick Cathedral stained glass


    Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, is buried there:


    Jonathan Swift grave


    We stayed  to hear the Choral Evensong and I’m so glad we did. The voices and acoustics were just beautiful. It was a nice time to sit and pray and praise God.

    The cathedral is a magnificent work of architecture and I can’t imagine the time and labor that was required to build it. It’s interesting how these beautiful structures were created to be houses of God. And while I think workmanship and reverence can please God, what a joy it is to know that He cannot be housed by anything created by man! Church is not a structure, but the people. He is anywhere that two or three gather and his Spirit is with His people.

    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” –2 Corinthians 4:18




    We had one more night in Dublin and returned to Ankara the next day. We had such a wonderful time in Ireland and are so thankful for the opportunities we have to travel!


    » Ireland Part 1: Dublin
    » Ireland Part 2: Driving in the Countryside
    » Ireland Part 3: The Cliffs of Moher
    » Ireland Part 4: Blarney Castle


    Fall Break in Ireland Part 1: Dublin

    The last few weeks have been a whirlwind and we have quite a lot of catching up to do!

    We had the week of October 14th off of school because Kurban Bayramı. David and I traveled with two of our friends to Ireland. (Because of where the holiday fell last year, we only had a few days off instead of a whole week!)

    We flew into the capital city of Dublin on Sunday. While we were waiting for our luggage, the first person who talked to David thought he was a national and asked how long he was home for! Gotta love David’s red hair! (David does have some Irish heritage, though it’s far back.)

    Our first night, we walked around the city and got some food. The walking bridges and canals were so pretty!


    Friends by the canal in Dublin


    Our hostel was close to Trinity College. David and Brittany ran through it one morning (they’re training for a marathon), and we all went later to see the Book of Kells.  It was a stately looking campus. There was an interesting mix of students and tourists:


    Trinity College


    Here’s the Sphere Within Sphere sculpture by Arnaldo Pomodoro that sits outside the college’s current student library:


    Berkeley Library


    The Book of Kells exhibit was very cool. The Book of Kells is part of the New Testament that was handwritten by monks sometime around the year 800. The pages were beautiful. No photography was allowed, but you can see images online.

    After we saw the Book of Kells, we went to The Old Library. This is the main chamber of the Long Room:


    Trinity College Library


    Trinity College Library


    It’s easy to get around Dublin and see a lot by foot. Here’s some of the colored doors Dublin is famous for:


    Old buildings in Dublin


    We loved, loved, loved the food in Ireland. It was a nice change of palate and all so delicious. We ate a ton of fish and chips, Irish stew, and chicken wings.

    One afternoon, we were all super hungry and tried to find a place for a late lunch. We stumbled upon the cutest little café called Brother Hubbard and were so pleasantly surprised!


    Brother Hubbard


    David and I both ordered their smoked salmon sandwich, which kind of changed my life:


    Brother Hubbard in Dublin


    After two nights in Dublin, we traveled to some other cities in Ireland. We’ll tell you about Galway, Cork, and Kilkenny soon!


    Sunset over the Dublin canals


    » Ireland Part 2: Driving in the Countryside
    » Ireland Part 3: The Cliffs of Moher
    » Ireland Part 4: Blarney Castle
    » Ireland Part 5: Kilkenny and Dublin