After finding our hotel in central Dublin, we set out to do some exploring. We saw double decker tourist buses running in front our our hotel and decided to hop on one of them to get a quick tour of the area. I think it's my favorite way to orient myself in new areas. Then you can go back to the areas you want to explore some more.
Les is getting a lesson on how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness
We got back on the bus after the brewery tour and saw more of Dublin. Unfortunately, shortly after we boarded the bus, it was done for the day and the driver dropped us off about a mile away from our hotel. A mile isn't bad at all except when you have sleep deprived kids. It quickly turned into a very, very long mile. We stopped at a pub on the walk back to the hotel and had a wonderful Irish dinner before finishing our trek to our comfy beds.
Trinity College was only a short distance from our hotel. The Book of Kells is on display here. We studied about it during this past school year. The manuscript is an illustrated version of the Four Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Each of the kids had a Book of Kells coloring book and colored several pages from it. For all the kids, it was an art, history, and religion lesson. Additionally for Niki, it was a fun little activity to give her a better appreciation of how much work went into making the manuscript. For the boys, it helped with their fine motor skills as they used the colored pencils to color in the small shapes on the pages. Even though the exhibit for the Book of Kells was closed as we walked by Trinity College, we were still able to see the outside of the building, take a couple of pictures, and talk with the kids about it before finishing our walk back to the hotel.