After Trinity College we toured the Dublin Museum of art. Got to see some Vermeers (yay!). I hope to see all 34 paintings attributed to Vermeer before I die so now I'm a little closer.
After that we walked to St. Patrick's Cathedral. On the way there we stopped at a store where I bought a hoodie (it's cold in Ireland in July!) and then walked over to a Thai restaurant run by a friendly Irishman who knew the double art of engaging his patrons with delightful conversation while serving them scrumptious Thai food. Very, very, nice experience.
From there we walked several blocks to St. Patrick's Cathedral. I must admit that after seeing the Italian duomos, Notre Dame in Paris and Gaudi's Art Deco Cathedral in Barcelona last summer, St. Patrick's isn't the most impressive church in the world. But it was nice as far as big stone structures go and I was glad to see the grave of Johnathon Swift.
And I do love Celtic Art. I think it would be an awesome experience to go to church in a Cathedral each week. Those were the days when every minute detail of design was calculated to bring the worshiper closer to a sense of the presence of God and to instill a respect for their worship environment.
So much intricate detail surrounded by so much space. It gives one a sense of intimacy and spaciousness at the same time.
Jonathan Swift, Doctor of Divinity,
Dean of this cathedral Church,
Where fierce indignation can no longer
Rend his heart.
Go, traveller, and imitate if you can
This earnest and dedicated
Champion of Liberty'