Friday, 2 June 2017

I very much wanted to sleep in this morning. Yes, it was my first full day in Ireland, but was in a very comfortable bed (with four large pillows) and was enjoying some good sleep. But the sun was shinning and knew that in Ireland it will not necessarily last. Make hay while the sun shines!

Took a picture of the new neighborhood from my flat. The chimney on the left is from the old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, which next door. Guess it is a popular tourist attraction.

After a shower and a quick breakfast I was out the door and headed towards my first destination. Leinster House. Its first and second floors were used as the floor model for the White House by Irish architect James Hoban, while the house itself was used as a model for the original stone-cut White House exterior. I’ve wanted to see this building for years! (I’ve researched the presidents and the White House since I was very young.)

Along the way, I walked along the River Liffey that flows through the center of Dublin. Many bridges of various shapes and sizes cross the river.

Amazing to see the resemblance between Leinster House and the White House. Originally there was to be another floor on the White House but that was eliminated from the final design. The pediments over the windows are the same but on the White House, the design is alternated on both the first and second floors. I could go on and on about this…

The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology was next door so stopped in for a look. There was no entrance fee, so just walked in. There was a cafe and since it was close to lunch time, and I was hungry, stopped in for a quick bite – tuna sandwich and Walker shortbread cookies.

Walked through the museum after lunch. So many ancient items on display. Some were unearthed in peat bogs, which I assume preserved the artifacts. Great that this museum is free of charge and available to everyone.

From there I meandered around and headed towards the Dublin Castle. It was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government’s administration in Ireland, and is now a major Irish government complex. If found this information: “Dublin Castle was originally built on the orders of King John of England in 1204 on a site previously settled by the Vikings. He ordered that a castle be built with strong walls and good ditches for the defense of the city, the administration of justice, and the protection of the King’s treasure.” It has been rebuilt and expanded over the years.

From there, I stopped by Christ Church Cathedral, which is the oldest cathedral in Dublin. It’s medieval vault is one of the oldest structures in Dublin. It was extensively remodeled in the 1870’s.

Was getting tired and my back, while it was doing okay, was starting to hurt just a little. I checked my step count and saw it was approaching 15,000 steps. Very happy that I can explore the city on foot.

You see some interesting people while walking down the street. Dublin seems to be a place where people come to party and dress up, for no particular reason.

Rested the remainder of the day. Ate the other half of the pizza from last night and watched TV. The neighborhood started to quiet down around 11:00 and I didn’t have any problems getting to sleep. Think I’ll like it here.

 

 

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