Next morning we were up early to find the hop on-hop off tour bus. The first place we saw was the post office building that was the site of the 1916 uprising and shootout between Irish and English partisans. Ireland's history is the history of struggle, particularly since the coming of the English in the 1200's. Some of that unrest is still evident in the comments of the people we met, even the tour operators. Northern Ireland is still under English rule, although some compromises have been made in recent years and the things are calmer. When I think how I would feel to have another country here, telling us what to do, I can understand.
Next stop was Trinity College. I'd hoped to see the Book of Kells here, but when we were inside we learned that there was a fee, and that no photos were allowed. Bummer. I didn't mind the fee, but no photos? Bleh. Larry wasn't much interested so we moved on. I am sure we missed seeing something spectacular, but I decided that I could buy a book about the Book and be happy. So that's what I did.
Another door--the King's likeness on one side, and what appears to be the Pope on the other.
Another fascinating Dublin street, not far from our hotel. We learned that the part of Dublin where we were staying was populated by 30% Irish and 70% other nationalities. We heard all kinds of languages here.
More to come!
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