No trip to Ireland is complete without a stop in Dublin. Rich in history, art and omni-present Guinness signs, this city has it’s own unique vibe. Why were we in Dublin? Why, to see PapaBarr and Miss Grace, of course! Along with seeing Aunt Casey back on the safari, we’d been trying to see more family, but it just hadn’t worked out yet. Now, though, it was time for a fine, fine family vacation. Perhaps just the first.
We spent four days exploring the city together – some glorious fall days, some, well, more Irish rainy. Still, fun was made by all!
The biggest touristy stop we made was to see Dublin Castle. You kind of think “a castle is a castle is a castle”, but we’re learning that just ain’t so!
Quick aside: We brought a two-player version of a game called Catan with us on the trip. This version has a feature called “harp advantage”, so I’d yell ‘Harp Advantage‘ every time I saw the harp. Which was all. the. time.
Ok, maybe that was only fun for us, but it sure made us smile!
We spent two days at the National Galleries of Ireland – (1) Art Museum and (2) Decorative Arts & History. Brilliantly, all the National Galleries are free and as a result packed with families. Free = people will come! Loved seeing the kiddos taking in art. Reminded us of the Smithsonian galleries in Washington, DC. Also, the galleries provide free stools and invite you to sit and sketch in the museums! That’s awesome! We saw a number of folks doing sketches of old silver pieces in the Decorative Arts area. You know that sort of thing seeps into the national culture and psyche.
It wasn’t all castles and museums and stuffy, high brow things, though. You know what blog you’re reading – bring on the goofy, fun stuff!
All good things come to an end, even family visits, but not before one last group-selfie. Amazingly, it was the best photo of the entire visit!!!
Aaron, your dad looks great. Glad the 4 of you had fun together. Just remind me not to play cards with you sharks! I do so enjoy the way your visits and your blog reports mix art and architecture with fun, food and my two silly much loved niece and nephew. And speaking of ferries, I can tell the local ones will get more use once you return to the States. Carry on!