My lovely sister, Casey, received grant money to conduct research for her PhD at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She had already visited once last spring, and needed to return to finish her experiments. She remembered how lonely her first trip was, and invited me to stay with her while she was there. After a 3 month hiatus in the states, I decided that Ireland would be the perfect beginning to my next trip!
One day, I took the walking tour, learning interesting information about the city, and the history surrounding different landmarks. There is a church that had a bar in the basement, and the men decided they wanted to socialize with certain kinds of women. A lady down the street opened a brothel to service them. A man was eventually found dead, and it was discovered that a serial killer had ended many lives, many were hidden on the property!
Also, the same church's organ was having problems with a key. They sent someone to investigate. They pulled a dead cat out of the organ, but the key was still broken. So, they reached inside again to find a mouse. Both the cat and mouse had been preserved from the sealed organ. They are called Tom & Jerry, and apparently are displayed today in the church museum!
We stayed near the Grand Dock Canal, in the 'silicone valley' of Dublin.
I had plenty of time to explore Dublin! Temple Bar and it's surrounding area by the river was colorful and lively:
I really enjoyed the various types of architecture throughout the city. Including the castle, street art, and colorful doorways!
I don't normally take photos of graffiti, but something compelled me to take some because of the vibrant colors and creativity!