Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ireland: Part I

In October, Brent and I had the awesome opportunity to go to Dublin, Ireland for his job with Mercy.
Our awesome parents agreed to come here and stay with the kiddos so we could go. 
Grammy and Papa Hubbard came first.  They took us to the airport and snapped this pic of us at the before we left.  
We were a little nervous to leave them for that long, but we knew they were in great hands! 

We left on a Sunday at 11:00 am and arrived in Dublin about 8:00 am after an overnight flight.

Here is the front of our hotel in downtown Dublin.

The view or the courtyard from our room

Our first day there, we walked to the nearby Trinity College. It was founded in 1592. The library of Trinity College is a legal deposit library for Ireland and the United Kingdom, containing over 4.5 million printed volumes of manuscripts, maps, and music. 
 Pictures of the Library. We weren't allowed to use flash so they aren't great, but it was quite impressive!

The harp you can see at the right is the oldest known musical instrument in Ireland. The harp is used as a symbol on many things in the country.

 The Book of Kells is on permanent display at the college. It is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. It was created by Celtic monks circa 800 or slightly earlier. We couldn't take any pictures in that 
area, but it was really something to see. 

 When we returned to our hotel we had our first of several afternoon teas.

1 comment:

Janice said...

Oh my goodness - beautiful!!!