On my way out of Paris we went to some parts of town that I did not know existed, there were obviously the less touristy parts as they do not “clean up” their monuments. This was extremely sad, to see these hundred year old monuments spray painted and vandalized. If you look close, you will see even the mouth of this statue spray painted. It went with the whole “bad energy” that the Paris tourist guide had mentioned the night before. I had an amazing time in Paris and it truly was a dream come true, but I was ready to leave (a feeling I believe you should have when you leave)Even with the delays of Super Shuttle, I still got to the airport in plenty of time, they make sure to leave a ton for this kind of situation. I had time to grab one last croissants and coffee creme (and to see the gift shop which has French versions of 50 Shades of Gray)
On a completely different note….the funny (or I thought) caution sign as I was boarding the plane…notice that only WOMEN and CHILDREN should hold on to the rail…MEN, you do not have to!
Dublin truly was a breathe of fresh air (that is their slogan)! I walked off the plane and the air smelled lovely and the cold (11 C degrees) was a very welcomed.(note from my Dad … to convert C to F you simply double, subtract 10%, then add 32) so 52 F) People heading home to Ireland were talking non stop about how cold it was…but 11 degrees is around the same temperature as Seattle so I was packed and ready (especially after the extreme heat in Paris). The people were so nice (and it felt great to finally be able to have a conversation). It is hard to be in a country where it is so hard to communicate. I also found myself having a hard time “re-starting” my English as I have been talking more broken since that is what I was doing for a week. I landed after a quick flight and met my parents at the gate, wow it was good to see them! We then were off to our StayCity “hotel” which ended up being a lovely stay and in the heart of Dublin.
Our first stop was The Temple Bar (not Temple Bar area, well we were in Temple Bar area, but the actual The Temple Bar). The menu was very overwhelming but after looking for something Irish and unique I settled for a Traditional Christmas Irish sandwich…cranberry, stuffing, ham, turkey, mayo on bread…WOW it was AMAZING. The fact that I had just had a croissant and only a croissant in the last 24 hours, I think most anything would have tasted amazing.
After a quick much needed nap, we were off to Christ Church. Christ Church Cathedral (or, more formally, The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity) is the cathedral of the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough and the cathedral of the Ecclesiastical province of the United Provinces of Dublin and Cashel in the Church of Ireland. It is situated in Dublin, Ireland, and is the elder of the capital city’s two medieval cathedrals, the other being St Patrick’s Cathedral.
The coolest part was The Crypt. Actually the largest cathedral crypt (63.4m long) in Britain or Ireland, constructed in 1172-1173. Having been renovated in the early 2000s, it is now open for visitors.The crypt contains various monuments and historical features, including:
- the oldest known secular carvings in Ireland, two carved statues that until the late 18th century stood outside the Tholsel (Dublin’s medieval city hall, which was demolished in 1806)
- a tabernacle and set of candlesticks which were used when the cathedral last operated (for a very short time) under the “Roman rite”, when the Roman Catholic king, James II, having fled England in 1690, came to Ireland to fight for his throne and attended High Mass in the temporary restoration of Christ Church as a Roman Catholic cathedral.
- the stocks, formerly in Christ Church Place, made in 1670 and used for the punishment of offenders before the Court of the Dean’s Liberty (the small area under the cathedral’s exclusive civic authority), moved here in 1870
- historic books and altar goods of the Cathedral
- “The Cat & The Rat” which were found in an organ – they had been mummified!!