Day Five- City of Dublin

The Wanderlust Newlyweds enjoyed a beautiful last day in Dublin, tomorrow we head to Belfast, Northern Ireland! Today, we walked around town and saw all of the classic tourist sites. It was really convenient that all of the things we wanted to see were very close together! The cobblestone walking streets had a lot of cute shops and the buildings were fun to see. 



We started at the Brazen Head Pub for an early lunch, the oldest pub in Ireland! It was established in 1198. It had a very pretty courtyard in between where the original building ends and the new part begins! 




We then walked over to St. Patrick's Cathedral. It was not as big as I thought it would be, but it was still very impressive. We saw a 1798 copy of the sheet music for Handel's Messiah which was really exciting!



Next, we strolled through St. Stephen's Green! It was nice to see all of the green once again and watch all of the people enjoying the day. We also noticed how fat all of the pigeons were, they clearly make a lot of friends! 


Through the Green, we stopped in at the National Museum of Ireland. They have 3 separate buildings, we went to the museum of Archeaology and History. We learned about and saw tools used in the Bronze Age. It's amazing how much work went into creating simple things like pots and bowls. 

A few blocks down from the museum was the Trinity College campus. There we went into their library and saw the Book of Kells. It is a copy of the four Gospels written with incomparable decoration- it's pages are each a work of art. The book was probably created around the year 800, but scholars do not know for sure. Next to the Book of Kells, we saw the Book of Durrows. It is the oldest known illuminated full Gospel book, it was written between 650 and 700. (We were not allow to take photos, but here is a page from the Book of Kells from Google)


Another important part of the Trinity College Library is the Long Room. It is a long corridor with shelves of very old books on either side. It also has a collection of busts of important politicians and philosophers that were created between 1700 and 1800. However, my favorite part was seeing the harp  that Ireland's emblem was modeled after. 



The last stop on today's outing was the Dublin Castle. It was as expected as far as castles go. We decided to do the self guided tour and so we wondered through the state apartments and learned about their history. Some of the rooms are still used today: dinners with foreign dignitaries still take place in the room in the first picture and the Irish President is inaugurated in the blue room in the third picture! 


We feel like we had a very productive afternoon! This evening we will do some more walking around and try to find a traditional Irish dinner!  

Day Four- Glendalough and Powerscourt

Today was our first official day in Dublin, Ireland! We spent this morning walking through O'Connell St, which is one of the big tourist streets and where our hostel is located. At 10:30AM we got on a tour bus for a 6 hour tour to Glendalough and Powerscourt! 

The tour bus took us a bit around Dublin and the guide told us lot about everything we saw along the way. We then drove about an hour south to Glendalough.


Glendalough is the largest old monastic site in Ireland! It was founded by St. Kevin in about 1000 and was added onto for the next few centuries until it became like a small village. However, all that remains now is the watchtower, the Priest's House and the ruins of the cathedral. Nearby, there was a walking trail through the forest to a calm lake. 



We then headed back up north through the Wicklow Mountains to Powerscourt Estate. The mountains were beautiful and the rolling hills were so green! 

   The gardens at the Powerscourt Estate have been voted the 3rd most beautiful in the world by National Geographic! The gardens have several sections including a rose garden, a forest with exotic trees, and a Japanese garden.


The gardens at the Powerscourt Estate have been voted the 3rd most beautiful in the world by National Geographic! The gardens have several sections including a rose garden, a forest with exotic trees, and a Japanese garden.


The building was originally a 13th century castle owned by the Viscounts Powerscourt and was substantially renovated in the mid-1700s. It now has several shops, a visitor's center, and a cafe.


We recently got back from our bus tour and are about to go on our hostel's nightly pub crawl! Alexander is a little apprehensive, but he admits that this trip is all about trying new things! 
I will of course let y'all know how it went:)