Hey there, fellow travelers! Aimee here, ready to continue our Dublin adventure with the second part of our “Things to Do in Dublin” series. Today, I’m thrilled to dive into the captivating world of literature and take you on a journey through the iconic Trinity Library and the breathtaking Book of Kells. So, grab your walking shoes, and let’s embark on this literary escapade!
Last week, during our visit to Dublin, the sun decided to grace us with its presence, casting a golden glow upon the city. We couldn’t have asked for better weather to explore one of Ireland’s most treasured destinations: Trinity College and its renowned library.
The Trinity Library, a haven for book lovers and history enthusiasts alike, is a true architectural gem. As we strolled through the grand entrance, our eyes widened in awe at the towering shelves, each lined with centuries-old books that held countless stories and knowledge within their weathered pages. It felt as though we were stepping into a different era, where the love for learning and literature was celebrated in its purest form.
But the true gem of Trinity Library lies within its walls—the Book of Kells. Housed in the awe-inspiring Long Room, this ancient manuscript is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Ireland. The Book of Kells dates back to the 9th century and is considered one of the most beautifully illuminated manuscripts in the world. The Book of Kells is displayed in a guarded room where photos are not allowed, but an informative room of displays and graphics precede the Book of Kells room so you’re well informed before seeing it firsthand.
As we entered the Long Room, our breath was taken away by the sheer magnificence of the space. The chamber stretched out before us, lined with oak bookcases, reaching heights that seemed to touch the heavens. The dim lighting added an air of mystique, allowing the vibrant colors of the Book of Kells to illuminate the room.
After spending over an hour immersed in the world of ancient manuscripts, we emerged from Trinity Library with a newfound appreciation for the written word and a desire to explore more of Dublin’s literary heritage.
Now, let’s move on to other must-do activities during your time in Dublin. As you may know, Ireland is renowned for its golf courses, and one that stands out is the esteemed Portmarnock Golf Club. Located just a short drive from the city center, this world-class course offers breathtaking coastal views and a challenging yet rewarding experience for golf enthusiasts. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a novice looking to try your hand at the sport, Portmarnock Golf Club is a must-visit destination. Stay tuned for a Portmarnock Golf Club painting!
As we bid farewell to Dublin, we carry with us the memories of the vibrant streets, the rich history, and the tales of old of this city. Dublin, with its literary treasures and enchanting charm, has truly stolen a piece of our souls.
Until next time, fellow wanderers! Stay tuned for more travel adventures on www.aimeesmithstudios.com, where we’ll be uncovering the hidden gems of our golf world, one destination at a time. Happy travels!