retread#35: dublin

I found Dublin quite delightful. My travel mates would likely say it was not their favorite port of call, only a step or two behind Liverpool — and everything else a mile ahead. I get that yet I still liked it a lot.

Dublin is a bit gritty. The waterfront area near the pier was under construction, every which way there were mammoth cranes and new infrastructure rising. It did not make for a very warm welcome. The cruise company ran buses through the mayhem to deposit passengers at the city center. Part of the price of progress, eh?

I didn’t have much of a plan for Dublin and that was on purpose. After several day-long tours, I wanted flexibility to make decisions on the fly. All in all, it turned out quite well.

We purchased tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour and made the rounds of the city in comfort. I like that option to get the lay of the land. And, truth be told, we were tired from all of our touring to this point. It was nice to kick back and chillax.

There were, however, two points of interest I determined not to miss: St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Book of Kells at Trinity College. We had no trouble finding either and enjoyed both immensely.  I love the story of St. Patrick, a slave who voluntarily returned to the land of his captors to share God’s love and way of salvation.  The Book of Kells was exquisite, an amazing ancient work of art and labor of love.

Beyond those two mini-tours, our day was quite low-key, hopping on and off and walking and walking to find good food, local brews, and street music. I’ve no complaints about Dublin, my friends. The city felt alive with colorful people and rich with culture. There was lots more to explore than we had time for in a day.  I’m sure someday we’ll return and enjoy the end results of all that construction!

Dublin! If you get a chance, you gotta’ go!

~ René Morley

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