The first item on our tourist trip was the Book of Kells. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here’s the Wikipedia article: Book of Kells. It’s on display in Trinity College, so that’s where we went. The college itself is a lovely campus, but I’m not sure how I’d feel about the tourism aspect if I was a student there.
We wandered around after that—aimlessly deciding a certain street looked interesting enough to warrant exploration, and folks, guess what. We ran (walked) into the production of a TV series today while exploring the downtown. The series in question is called “Penny Dreadful,” a horror series based off of Dracula, werewolves, and all sorts of fun myth and folklore. The series itself is based in London, but the majority of the filming is happening in Dublin, and this particular part was filmed just outside of Dublin Castle. We just happened to walk by.
We’re pretty sure we saw the filming of an opening sequence, one that focuses on Jack the Ripper if the headline is any clue. It’s pretty interesting (if a little boring at times, like when we’re waiting for the props to be reset and adjusted) to watch. Personally, my favorite part was the costuming and watching the actors get retouched and retouched again by the costume department.
The crew used green-screen technology to cover up the more modern parts of the buildings. The screen itself looked heavy, like it was made out of canvas. I guess I’ll have to research that sort of thing—I’m not much of a movie or television watcher, so I never dove into the specifics.
After we saw a few takes (and took a few hundred photos of them—look at my next post for more photos), we headed out for more exploration and, of course (poor Sam—he’s traveling with four girls), shopping. We wandered in and out of shops, assessing prices and goods, before hitting the Temple Bar area, which is a giant tourist trap. It’s an interesting tourist trap, though.
Here’s the iconic Temple Bar, which I think is one of the most well-known pubs in Ireland. Given that the entire area (about a four by five block span) is named Temple Bar, that’s a pretty good sign that it’s popular. We didn’t stop in, but I think we’ll check it out sometime later this week.
We met up with a few of Megan’s friends, students from Germany, France, and Australia who study in Dublin and happened to be in her hostel in Belfast. They offered to show us around Dublin—we accepted. I enjoyed the atmosphere and we walked quite a ways south of our hotel, so we learned a few more of the streets. I hope that soon I’ll be good at navigating at least one part of Dublin. We’ll have to see about that.