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15 August 2009 @ 05:35 am
Last day touristing and it was a blast. I dig Ireland hardcore. I have to say, if you do visit Dublin (and I hope you do) make SURE you take a day and get out of the city. Dublin is amazing, but I took a half-day bus tour of the coast and it was the best thing I did hereby far. I wish I had had more time to spend on the coast, but alas! The tour guide/bus driver was this awesome old man (who made jokes like 'that interference you're hearing isn't someone's mobile, it's me pacemaker. Oh, and that one was God sendin' me a text message because me use by date is almost up') who has lived in Dublin his entire life. He sang songs and he was GOOD and it was awesome. And he was hilarious. All the bus driver/guides I have had in Dublin have been fantastic. So if you DO do the bus tours, do the ones from Dublin Bus. Ignore the others, they're fakers! This guy even explained why people from Ireland don't pronounce h. Because there IS no h. So that's why they say 'ting' and the like. I love it. His accent was made of awesome.

We went to Malahide Castle, which makes me squeal with glee. Why? Because there is a Tudor connection. Wait for it. Okay, the family who owned it are the Talbots (the last one who lived there died about 3 months ago, and I think they started living there in 1100 or thereabouts, though I think she sold the home in 76) and the Irish Talbots were related to the English Talbots AKA the Earl of Shrewsburys. The Earl title was created and handed down and one of the Earls, one Lord George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury; HE was the Lord Marshal for Queen Elizabeth. And when her wily Scottish cousin Mary got in to a bit of bother, Mary Queen of Scots was placed under Lord Talbot's care (for A LONG TIME). They didn't explain any of this at the castle, but the guide pointed out a picture of "the English cousins" I had a squee. ((And Queen Elizabeth II is a descendant of Talbot's second wife but from her previous marriage to Sir William Cavendish)

See? I AM A BIG FREAKING NERD! None of that came from the tour, it was prior knowledge. Thanks, Phillipa Gregory, even if your novel about all of that was completely unreadable.

Moving on, the castle was beautiful but the coastline...oh my goodness. I'm a big lover of the ocean anyway, but oh. Oh my word. I can't describe it, so I'll let the pictures do that for me. Magnificent. And hopefully it'll make you want to take me at my word. Get out of the city! The coast is breathtaking.

Back in the city, I finally made it in to Kilmainham Gaol! Not a fun time, because it's absolutely unpleasant. The jail was supposed to have a capacity of 120 people at most, and during the potato famine it housed up to 9,000 at one point. Which is unthinkable. And then there's the terrible executions carried out after the Easter Rising in 1916. None of it was feel good stuff, but that's history. Irish history.

Anyway, after that I walked about, visiting Trinity College and I FOUND FITZWILLIAM SQUARE BOOYAH! Granted, I got rained on while I did it, but I was born in Seattle so a little rain doesn't concern me. And it didn't last long. Then I saw a random street acrobat, and gave him 3 euro. Dude, he limboed under a burning pole mere inches off of the ground... Then I strolled back, had dinner at Eddie Rocket's, and came back here. To pack. Because I'm leavin' for MT tomorrow but I GET TO GO THROUGH LONDON FIRST which excites me because I am SO having Caffe Nero again omg.

You have no idea. Unless you do. ;)

New Photos start here and they include the Ghost Bus ones!

Scout, the Fitzwilliam Square photos start here!
Current Location: Ireland, Dublin
Current Mood: contentcontent
Lewis: Lewiarmageddonriver on August 15th, 2009 02:08 am (UTC)
"Raindrops do not concern me, Admiral. I want that square, not excuses."
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Amanda Palmer~Cute Nerdartemisofluna on August 17th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
*snort* Something like that!
bandit queenchimbleysweep on August 16th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
I cannot tell a lie. When I discovered Richard Fitzwilliam, I integrated him into the family.

BUT I DIDN'T REALIZE SO MUCH WAS NAMED AFTER HIM. Totally going to roll around on it all one day. As sanitary as that sounds.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Black Books Bernard gigglesartemisofluna on August 17th, 2009 02:54 pm (UTC)

Heheheh well I think you could roll around in the square and it would be perfectly sanitary. They might wonder just what was happening, o'course!
Veridianveridian_sylph on August 17th, 2009 12:18 am (UTC)
Loved your photos hun! They make me feel like going back soon. Of course I did do the book of Kells, but then I draw knotwork, so it was an artistic reason. I too became snap happy (I took nearly 200 photos just of Celtic knotwork gravestones) but then I noticed that everything was seen through some special filter in my mind's eye whilst I was there, since my photos refused to capture the magic & vibrant quality of the light over there.

The passionate Celts, so famed for art & poetry, & war.
Künstliches Mädchen | ☘Lara Kelley Gallagher☘: Ireland~Kelley Crestartemisofluna on August 17th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Knotwork is seriously sexy! I wanted to buy some jewelry, but I managed to control myself ;)

I agree, the photos don't capture it at all. But they're a start. That view of Dublin Bay just...I don't think I will ever see anything so beautiful.