Dublin: Henrietta Street, Dublin City Gallery and National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology

One of the nice things about Dublin is its street art.

No seriously, check this stuff out:

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Early in the morning Jack and I went dancing around streets to find Henrietta Street, one of the oldest streets of Dublin and in fact the earliest Georgian street in Dublin. Popular with filmmakers, the street is full of a number of coloured front doors, as seen below.

The doors of Henrietta Street.

The doors of Henrietta Street.

We continued on to find the Dublin Writers’ Museum, but seeing as 1) there was a fee to go in and 2) neither Jack nor I knew much about writers in Dublin, we opted to go into the Dublin City Gallery and appreciate some Irish art instead. Whooo, art.

From top clockwise: a golden stylized phoenix, a stained glass window and a gorgeous oil landscape.

From top clockwise: a golden stylized phoenix, a stained glass window and a gorgeous oil landscape.

From there we came across a chilled fountain, snacked on a Galaxy caramel (like Caramilk in Canada) McFlurry in a nearby McDonald’s and had some bad Chinese buffet.

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The National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology proved quite the treat when we visited. Not only was the foyer stunning in itself, but the pieces showcased were gorgeous examples of Celtic workmanship. Click on the pictures for a bit more information.

Jeweled artifacts and pins there were, but also people preserved in bogs, which I found both fascinating and disturbing at the same time. Hair just doesn’t break down, does it?

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Another type of artifact I found interesting were the heavily ornamented gramaryes, or grimoires, presented. Magic books, or sometimes religious texts, were held in decorated cases inlaid with semi-precious stones and covered with engravings.

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If you have to choose just one museum to visit in Dublin, do choose this one, if only to bask in the enchantment so skilfully created by Celtic art.

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