JANUARY 31 - SMALL BUT MIGHTY
Today I took the Luas tram into the city centre to check out the Little Museum of Dublin. According to one of my friends here, it's referred to as the "Jerry Lee" as in Jerry Lee Lewis. lol. It's a fantastic service and so easy to use. After being used to people in the US who refuse to wear masks, it blew my mind to see security on the tram watching to be sure people were masked up. At one point, a guy's mask slipped under his nose. He politely asked him to pull it up and the guy said, "sure, no problem."
I know there are people here who protested wearing masks too but the difference between Ireland and the US is stark. Suffice it to say, I'm not enthusiastic about the idea of going home at the end of the month.
It took me about 25 minutes to get from Kilmainham to the city centre, and from the Luas, I walked over to the Museum, which is just outside St. Stephen's Green.
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I had more blue skies and I was so busy enjoying the view I didn't take many pictures until I arrived at the museum. Although the museum itself isn't overly large, it's filled with all sort of interesting things. There's a copy of James Joyce's book, Ulysses, and the most fabulous green velvet couch that I drooling over. I've wanted to own either a green velvet couch or chair for years! Do you think they would have noticed if I'd walked off with it?
The tour guide was really charming, very fun and engaging as she told stories and explained the items on display. It was a brief whirlwind tour of some of Dublin's more recent history including a lot of pop culture and I loved that there were some things I recognized from conversations I've had with some of my friends who live here.
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At the end, there was an adorable display of tennis balls discarded by the dogs of Dun Laoghaire (pronounced Dun Leery, if you're curious). It was just such a sweet little display and it made me smile.
They also have a reproduction of the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels and New Testament. The original is at Trinity College (which I saw in 2017) and it's a stunning book.
After I left the museum, I walked around for a bit. It had clouded over and was a little bit hazy so I got this very cool picture. I'm still not sure what this building is but I'll have to look into it.
I stopped for lunch at a little Italian café on Dawson street which is a rather swanky area. I ordered a cappuccino and a prosciutto parma pannino with parma ham, artichoke cream, aubergine, fresh tomatoess, and rocket. It made me smile to eat Italian food in Dublin while listening to American music play.
One of the things I really love about Dublin is how multicultural it is and it certainly isn't difficult to imagine myself living here.