Boy did it feel good to sleep in! We weren’t on a time schedule for the first time since arriving in Ireland so we took our time getting ready for the day. We slept too late for breakfast in the hotel but figured we’d grab something light when we hit the streets.
We took the scenic route to get to Trinity College and it felt great to stretch our legs and enjoy the fresh air. The weather has been perfect this entire trip. There’s no cost to tour the grounds of the college but we wanted to see the Books of Kells so we had to wait in line and pay for that. I don’t know how many things I’ve purchased that haven’t made it home from the store without breaking and here I am looking at books from the 9th century. Impressive! Reading the history and seeing it up close and personal was a lovely experience. Photography is not allowed in the Book of Kells exhibit so go online and check it out.
From there we headed up to the “long room” to soak in the magnitude of literary history contained in the library. Wow! You don’t realize how young America is until you travel to other parts of the world.
Leave it to us to find bacon no matter where we go!
We left the college and headed to the Dublin Castle and the Dubh Linn Gardens before roaming the streets and doing some shopping. There are so many parks in Dublin and the weather was perfect for enjoying them. We had late dinner reservations so we had time to rest at the hotel for a bit before heading back out for dinner.
Friends told us that Fallon & Byrne was their favorite restaurant and I can see why. It was a little pricey but worth every penny. The service was impeccable and the food was the best I’d eaten the entire trip. Here’s the description of the salad: Roasted peach, fresh goat’s curd & serrano ham with wild rocket, aged balsamic, pumpkin seeds & soda bread crisps.
We both ordered the Aged Irish rib-eye of Steak and didn’t leave a single morsel on our plates. Seriously one of the best steaks I’ve ever eaten. Dinner was followed by an evening stroll through the streets of Dublin before heading back to the hotel to get some sleep.
On the walk back we saw this sweet tribute to the Nice victims.
Agenda for tomorrow is another relaxing morning, some sightseeing and time with our Dublin friends. (Pretty sure there will be a pub or two involved.)
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