[Documentation]

It’s our last day in Dublin so, appropriately, we hit the museums and libraries.  But to get there, we ended up walking, like we have everywhere in Dublin.  Why would we pay for public transportation when we get so many more photo opportunities on the walking trail?

Courtesy of Sam Gentry
Courtesy of Sam Gentry

We opted to walk along the river instead of directly crossing the O’Connell Bridge, like we had so many other times.  We saw more of the non-tourist area of north Dublin, and we also had the chance to startle a few birds into flight.

Courtesy of Sam Gentry
Courtesy of Sam Gentry

Liz is so photogenic that Sam staged a mini-senior-picture shoot on the edge of the water.  The tall building in the background is the customs house, built in 1791.  We opted for the spot where you can actually see graffiti—it adds some sort of character.

Courtesy of Sam Gentry
Courtesy of Sam Gentry

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”  Words of wisdom, and something I wish I had the words to say myself.  However, I’ll go along and just quote the greats—like Oscar Wilde.

Courtesy of Sam Gentry
Courtesy of Sam Gentry

Liz loves Oscar so much, but he can never return her affections (although his expression is quite humorous).  We found the memorial on our walk, and of course we stopped for a few pictures.

IMG_3305To give you an idea of the actual statue itself, Kaitlyn posed with it.  He looks quite pleased with himself, don’t you think?  The actual literary geeks (Kaitlyn and Liz, not me) had fun posing with the author.

Courtesy of Sam Gentry
Courtesy of Sam Gentry

We found a park in the same area as the memorial, and Liz and I make an adorable couple—especially in the early afternoon sunlight in a somewhat shaded glen.

This is part of Merrion Square, where both the Oscar Wilde Memorial and the Bernardo O’Higgins Memorial are located.  We didn’t visit the O’Higgins memorial, but rather took the scenic route through the park.

Don’t judge us, but we enjoyed ourselves so much that Sam elected to take rather—er—adventurously close-up photos.  So, here are some faces we made.  Don’t hate—love us.

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We’re mature college students, so nothing untoward happened when we toured the Museum of Natural History—nothing at all.  We just took a few pictures with the animals on display—purely innocuous fun.

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Yup.  We definitely enjoyed the hall of taxidermy.  Better yet, there were two halls–one of world animals and one of animals native to Ireland.

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Baucom
Courtesy of Kaitlyn Baucom

If you haven’t guessed from the title of my blog and from my header image, I’m a fan of foxes.  So, when we walked by a display of foxes, this was my reaction.

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Baucom
Courtesy of Kaitlyn Baucom

Mature college students, remember?  We don’t take pleasure in finding amusing displays and photographing them—not at all.  We simply like to—document our findings, so to speak.

We also headed to the National Gallery, managed to get split up and lost among the multiple galleries and rooms (mostly my fault, I’ll admit), and admired the artwork.

Okay, okay.  You all know what a museum looks like, I get it.  Let’s move on.  We headed out to explore the national libraries (Sam wanted a look at the archives and the rest of us are just book nerds).

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Baucom
Courtesy of Kaitlyn Baucom

The National Library of Ireland had a display for several influential authors, including W.B. Yeats.  This was one of the (more photogenic) displays, in which poems were read aloud accompanied by slideshows.

And that concludes most of our day, actually.  For all that this was our last night in Dublin, we elected mostly to just enjoy our time.  We did try to visit the iconic Temple Bar, as promised, but it was simply too crowded (and expensive) to warrant staying for longer than 15 minutes.

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