Hello again, Kelli here,
On Easter Sunday, Anna and I said goodbye to Rome and embarked on a trip to Ireland. Our first stop was Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. We spent most of our Easter travelling, but we were able to enjoy a hot bowl of Irish stew, a pint of Guinness, and some Irish music at a pub after we arrived in Dublin.
We only had one full day to explore Dublin, so we headed out bright and early the next morning. Despite the torrential rain that puts England’s weather to shame, we traversed the city on foot. Our first stop was Christ Church Cathedral. Founded around 1030, the cathedral has undergone numerous changes and renovations before reaching its current state.
Next we visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This cathedral is situated near a well where Saint Patrick is said to have baptized followers. There was a thought-provoking exhibit inside dealing with the Church’s relationship with and role in World War One. Many Irish soldiers fought under the British Army but, after Ireland gained its independence in 1922, their service in the British Army was seen as shameful and anti-Irish. This exhibit dealt with how the Church should respond to war and violence as well as strive to recognize the sacrifices made by the Irish members of the British Army in World War One.
My favorite part of the day was visiting Trinity College where we saw the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a gospel manuscript believed to have been created around 800 A.D. The combination of Celtic artistry and extravagant Christian iconography make the manuscript a phenomenal work of religious documentation and art. I was truly astounded by the book’s artistry and enjoyed learning about different theories as to who created the book and where it may have been created.
After a very rainy day in Dublin, we departed for better weather in Galway. I loved wandering the cobblestone streets, popping in the shops, and enjoying the small city feel. Anna and I visited a museum where we learned about Galway’s history and connection to the Easter 1916 uprising that took place mainly in Dublin. Afterwards we took a walk out to the coast where we saw a lighthouse and the hills around the city.
For our last day in Ireland, Anna and I took a day trip to the Cliffs of Moher. The Cliffs tower seven hundred feet above the Atlantic Ocean and offer breath-taking views over the countryside. We completed a nice six-mile hike despite the twenty-mile-per-hour winds at the cliffs that day. The landscape was phenomenal, and we were both sad to have to end our hike to catch the bus.
My next adventure took me to the land of my ancestors: Norway! Stay tuned for my next blog to read about my Norwegian adventures.