Spent today in Dublin. It was gloomy with a light to moderate rain all day, which we are told is quite normal for Ireland. But I loved the city. It was a mixture of Medevial and cosmopolitan. It was conquered by Vikings in the 9th century, but taken over by the Normans, who helped establish the city. We saw St. Patrick’s Cathedral, which is 350 majestical feet long, Dublin Castle, the black spot where the Vikings landed (which was at the time a river, which is now underground), and Trinity College, which was founded nearly 500 years ago and is the oldest college in Ireland. What I love about the city, is to me it had the feeling of a smaller and more quaint London, with its gray stone buildings mixed in with Victorian era buildings, new buildings and narrow streets. While family shopped, I found a small cafe where I sat and had a double espresso (I might be crazy, but I feel like I am better treated once it is discovered I am American yet order an espresso without all the fluffy milk and flavorings 🙂 ).
We had a crazy tour guide. She was fine for the first half, but I think fell behind and raced our group through the streets of Dublin, not looking back and not waiting for people. A few times we were given the choice of dodging traffic to keep up with her or risk losing her in a foreign city; she rarely stopped to count the group or wait for stragglers, despite the fact my sister is pregnant. Honestly, it was quite stressful and more than a little dangerous.