Saturday, March 17, 2007
Happy St Patrick's Day!
Happy St Patrick's Day! Luck of the Irish to you and all that jazz. I had a wonderful day in Dublin yesterday with Mom and Dad and Uncle Tom and Aunt Judy! We drove down (three cheers for Dad driving the rental car in frantic Dublin!) and spent the day doing lots of sightseeing. In the morning they braved the crowds (Americans like to go to Dublin in March I'm thinkin') to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library at Trinity College. While they were doing the tour I had a chance to go to Avoca my favourite store ever and look at lovely things. Later on despite the cooler weather we sat up top during a really good double decker bus tour of the city and fortunately had an entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide so we all learned a lot. After that we went on a bit of a wild goose chase by foot to find the Georgian House Museum but we all agreed that the hunt was very worth it in the end. The house has been fully restored as a Georgian residence (about 1790) and it was really interesting to see what life was like then. Apparently the wealthy bathed about twice a year (at the most!) and the women wore layer upon layer of makeup made of wax and lead that would melt and burn their faces if they got too close to the fire! Fun facts. Anyway, the whole day was great and the city was definitely buzzin' with all the extra people there for the big St Paddy's weekend.