This morning, I got on a bus around 11:00 to head into the city. The campus was offering us free walking tours of Dublin this weekend, and I knew it would be worthwhile to attend. The tour started at St. Stephen's Green, which is a public park in Dublin's city centre that covers 22 acres and has been there since 1880. The park is home to many statues and monuments, a children's park, and a lovely pond in the center.
|Feeding the pigeons isn't just for the movies. The seagulls are new, however.|
|Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and novelist. The Importance of Being Earnest was always|
one of my favorite reads in sophomore English class.
|James Joyce, famous Irish novelist and poet|
He is most famous for his novel Ulysses and his short story collection Dubliners. He studied English, Italian, and French at the old University College Dublin, and the college's library is named after him.
|The Celtic cross is an important symbol in Irish culture and can be seen throughout the city|
|This monument was a gift given to Ireland by the Federal Republic of Germany. |
At the foot of the monument is this inscription in Irish:
With gratitude for the help given to German children by the Irish people after World War II
|The Prime Minister's estate, or as they call him in Ireland, the Taoisigh|
|Trinity College, established by Queen Elizabeth|
|Trinity College Courtyard|
|Trinity College Bell Tower stands where the monastery had been, which was torn down at the Queen's orders.|
Dublin Castle was our last stop on the tour, and the rest of the pictures are just some parts of Dublin that I felt were photo-worthy. The beauty of this city will never cease to amaze me. There is so much history behind nearly every wall and every door.
|Left: North Dublin, Right: South Dublin|
Here's an incredibly talented street performer who definitely earned a few coins from my wallet.