Dublin, Part I, by guest blogger Natalie Bowen

One of the first attractions my husband Clint and I visited was Dublin Castle. According to the Dublin Castle’s website, the castle was established in the 13th century and was the seat of British rule from 1204 to 1922. We were able to explore the state apartments which held a banquet hall, throne room, grand hall and several other rooms filled with ornate paintings and royal trinkets.

My favorite part of the Dublin castle tour was walking through St.Patrick’s Hall. I could feel the history and imagined the grand ceremonies that have been held in this room. Dublin Castle’s website states that not only was this hall once a meeting place of knights, but also dignitaries such as Princess Grace of Monaco, Queen Elizabeth II and President John F Kennedy. The room still hosts ceremonies like the President of Ireland’s inauguration.

To take a break from the hustle and bustle of Dublin, you can take a stroll in St.Stephen’s Green Park. A lovely place to visit as a couple with a romantic stone bridge, beautiful fountains and a peaceful lake. The stone bridge and park were used in Amy Adam’s romantic comedy Leap Year.

The iconic book of Kell’s is housed in the Trinity College library. Unfortunately to protect the integrity of the book’s original ink you cannot photograph the Book of Kell’s, which Trinity College website describes as a 9th-century gospel manuscript. After viewing the Book of Kell’s you then walk through an 18th-century double-decker library with grand bookcases, marble statue busts and significant historical documents.

 

3 thoughts on “Dublin, Part I, by guest blogger Natalie Bowen

  1. Maggie,

    Having been to Dublin three times, I found your post to be an entertaining trip down memory lane. On our first visit in August of 1972 we stayed in the Russell Hotel, located across from the SE corner of St. Stephen’s Green Park, shown in one of your photos. It has not changed much. Thank you for sharing.

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    • We are happy that you so enjoyed Natalie’s post about Ireland and
      that it brought you good memories, Mike! Thanks for commenting
      and watch for more of Natalie’s Ireland adventure posts in the future.

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