Well, I should be writing Day 11 today, but after an extremely busy week with a customer training conference for work, I’ve fallen behind just as I predicted. If you’re still sticking with me, I appreciate it! I’ll endeavor to catch up as quickly as I can.
For now, I’m excited to share about one of my favorite highlights from Dublin, Ireland. After a long layover in New York City (where we had another grand adventure exploring the City for the first time), we landed in Dublin on a Monday morning, ready to hit the ground running for our 3-day stay in Ireland.
Our first major Dublin event was to visit the Trinity College campus–we didn’t do an official tour, as it is a fairly small campus and we opted to simply wander at our leisure. The cobblestone paths and buildings with facades of brick and stone gave us our first taste of European architecture, with a sense of antiquity that we simply do not have here in the States.
Of course, as a lifelong bibliophile, my end goal was the Old Library, which has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.
I had seen dozens of pictures, so I knew, generally speaking, what to expect, but the full reality of the experience still blew my mind. As my sister Megan so aptly expressed, “You can see all the pictures in the world, but pictures do not capture the smell.” I suppose only a fellow bibliophile would understand, but there is truly nothing like the delightful smell of old books. I felt like I had entered a fairytale world, gazing into glass cases at first editions from some of my favorite authors, and I couldn’t stop smiling the whole time.
I kept turning around and around, admiring the stunning architecture and the double height library stacks, aesthetically arranged by book size. It was one of those moments when you want to drink in every last detail, while knowing at the same time that there’s just too much to take in.
NERD ALERT: One of my favorite stories about this library is the “controversy” that sprang up after the release of Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and the “striking similarity” between the architecture of the Jedi Archives and the Long Room of the Trinity College Library. I mean, it looks pretty deliberate, right?
According to Lucas Films, there’s no intentional connection, but to that I say, Hmmmmmm… I love the nerdy reference, in any case.
We snapped this photo just after exiting the Library, and my excitement could not be contained! I was practically in tears of joy at this point. I had favorite highlights in each of the major cities we visited, and this was definitely my big Dublin highlight.
Have you visited the Trinity College Library? Or any other famous library that you loved?! Join me in the comments!
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