Tuesday, 4 March 2014

IRELAND · Dublin · Day 2

So in the morning of the second day we went to see the Francis Bacon exhibition. He was such an interesting guy and his artist studio looks gloriously chaotic. His quote above sums it up pretty well.

And I found a John Constable piece which reminded me of when the Family went to Te Papa in Wellington and saw his exhibition. At the time I wondered why he ended up being so famous (and admittedly, I still wonder how, some of his pictures are just smudges).

If I ever owned a shop or cafe or something, I would most certainly put Emporium in the title. For example: Iona Emporium -- extremely unoriginal I know.

Below is the Needle that is in the city center of Dublin. It looks very sci-fi and is an impressive structure. It lives up to its name that's for sure!

Then we went to Trinity College!!! Oh my goodness, what a beautiful university and I wish I could've been a student there. It's something from a movie.

Not only that, it is the place where The Book of Kells is kept!!! I was so excited by this because I got to see the famous manuscript that I studied in university. Pretty much the coolest experience of my whole trip to Ireland. And only slightly shadowed by The Book of Kells was the Trinity Library. So incredible just filled with stacks upon stacks of books. 

Browse the photos below. My words do no justice to the place -- I highly recommend putting this on a list of things to see in your life.

Ireland's oldest harp.

When we left the college, we saw this funky door that I can't resist sharing.

Also that day, we went to the Jameson Whiskey factory. It was very much like the Guinness factory, though I think I enjoyed it even more. Now I can most certainly tell people the difference between this whiskey versus whiskey from around the world.

The original stuffed cat that used to roam the factory back in the day! Literally over 100 years old.

Below is the restaurant we went to for dinner. I can't recall it's name, but I do remember the delicious tapas menu.

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Stefanie McKnight said...

Wow. I'm so envious. I loved this history behind the taxidermied cat.

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