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.

11 comments:

Joel M-E said...

Georgian House Museum - that is nothing... have you never been to the Boom Town at the Western Dev. Museum ? ;)

Nancy Jean said...

sounds fun fun. no guiness factory visit; i can't imagine why not? ;)
miss you. tell ma and pa that cam and i are doing well. at least we have each other...and our phone numbers are still the same...
happy st. patrick's day!
love nin

Julie said...

Joel
The Georgian house museum was very a la Boomtown and believe me, I love Boomtown (I'm not joking!) Stuart's been there a few times to make sure he fully understands the prairie experience. Last time we were there a couple was getting married on the main street but they still let all the visitors wander around which was a bit odd. Oh yeah, and the restaurant there is great for breakfast!
Happy St Patricks Day!
jbn :)

Julie said...

auck! ninnygoat don't be feeling neglected! mom and dad are busy day tripping around ireland with t and j!! as an update today they were at carrickfergus castle and then up the antrim coast road to the giants causeway - enjoyed by all even though the weather's quite cool. they gave the rope bridge a miss though and i think that's a good thing (remember the tears??!)
miss you lots and lots - i hear you got full-time at the uni for the summer - great news!! :)
xox j

dunny said...

jbn, I can't believe you didn't make them go on the rope bridge, after the enjoyable time you had on it last year! ;-) dunz

Anonymous said...

K. and I are all up to date on hearts, not shamrocks!! It's beautiful women month -- don't you think we qualify? Katy sends her greetings. A. ( I had a beautiful book on Kells in the library I ran).

Julie said...

Ms D
Thanks for your phone message on Saturday night! Sorry that we missed you - did you have fun on your holiday? I am jealous of you and your sunlight content. Sounds lovely. Thanks so much for doing all that posting and ordering (I was starting to resent Stu and his stationary fetish for holding up my yarn!) I will call you tomorrow and hopefully we can figure out a way for us to pay you back!! Thanks again for doing that - Miss you lots and would love a good long visit - j to the bn xox

Julie said...

Hi Aunite A
Thanks for your message! Hope you and K squared are doing well :) Hmmm, beautiful women month - I like the sound of that! Hope that you've had a good weekend and that the weather is starting to warm up in SK land!
Hugs to all of you
J :)

Sara said...

OK, I want to hear the rope bridge story - surely it deserves a post??

Nancy Jean said...

a youtube post that is...should i dunny?
nin

Sara said...

Youtube, yay - although nothing will ever beat "Monkey Girl"...