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We met a lot of friends today!

We started off by going to Matins service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The cathedral was absolutely stunning! The boys’ choir was so talented and reverent – it was like tasting a piece of Heaven here on earth.
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After the service, we walked into The Old Marsh’s Library. It was filled with really old books from the 18th century. The two men that worked there were very friendly and asked us where we were from. They had both been to the states before and shared their experiences with us. In the last room, we signed our names in their guest book with a quill!
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After wandering around for a bit, lost, looking for a coffee fix and wifi, we stumbled upon Fumbally, a quirky cafe. It was a very friendly environment, kind of hippy actually.

Next, we visited the National Gallery of Ireland. They had all kinds of beautiful paintings from Caravaggio, William Turner, Jack B. Yeats, and many others. After that, we visited the National Library of Ireland. There, we talked to an Irish genealogy specialist who helped Kathleen get closer to discovering her Irish roots.
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St. Stevens Green on the way to the National Gallery.
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For lunch, we went to Peter’s Pub – it is a privately owned pub with a very peaceful environment and the sweetest owners! We split a toasted ham, cheese, tomato and onion sandwich, and a beef and vegetable soup. It was such a deliciously comforting meal.
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The owner gave us pamphlets and great advice on where to visit next. So we decided to take up his suggestion and visit Dublin Castle that evening.
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Dublin Castle
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Dublin City hall in front of the city crest.

The people here in Ireland are the nicest people ever! Everyone is so willing to point you in the right direction or tell you about their grand Irish history. At the castle, we met a very kind older gentleman who readily gave us a tour of the outside of the castle and took us to their city hall. He insisted that the tour would be free. He gave us Irish candy and a bunch of tourist pamphlets. When it started getting dark, we told him we had to leave, so he gave us his business card in case we wanted more tours!

Well, that’s it for tonight!

Cheers,
❤ i&k

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We went to the charming village of Howth today (pronounced: Hoat). It’s a fishing village so it has a pier, a small harbor, and a light house. The first thing we did was walk out on the pier, it was so windy that it felt like the wind was pushing us around. After exploring the pier we walked around a small out-door market which was filled with a wonderful assortment of crafts and foods. Ivana got a flat white to fulfill her coffee cravings.
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We then ascended further up into the village, which was built on a large hill. On our way up, we came across an old stone church. It was called St. Mary’s Church and had been used by the Lord of Howth. However, what once was a place of worship was now being used as a cemetery both inside and out. It was a very peaceful and a wonderful opportunity to pray for those who had been buried there.
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We were also able to go even higher into the town and see the church that is currently being used, St. Rita’s, unfortunately we weren’t able to go inside, but the outside was majestic!
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For lunch, we ventured back out onto the pier to a restaurant called The Brass Monkey. We both ordered soup; Ivana had Potato and Leek soup and Kathleen had Homemade Seafood Chowder. It was so good, we highly recommend it!

We have been learning that waiters don’t come by your table to check up on you while you’re eating; they give you your space to enjoy your meal and have a good long conversation, something that we are realizing most people here are very good at. They really know how to savor the moment and take the time to connect with the people who they are eating with, something that we don’t often take the time to do in America.

That’s all for now!

Cheers,
❤ i&k