My second day in Dublin was a very relaxing affair.
The day began with a late breakfast and then a wander through the food market at Temple Bar. Diarmaid, Jessica and I sampled just some of the wonderful stuff on offer; sushi and miso soup, oysters and white wine, organic burgers and fruit smoothies.
Suitably satiated, we decided to get some culture and history so we headed to the National Museum. Photography wasn’t allowed inside so you’ll have to take my word for it that the trinkets and artifacts on display, including the Ardagh Chalice, the Tara Brooch and the Cross of Cong, were simply breathtaking in their detail.
Suffering from museum fatigue, we refreshed ourselves with some coffee at the cafe in the new wing of the National Gallery.
It was turning into a beautiful day so rather than spend it indoors at any other museums, we decided to wind down the afternoon sitting at a bench at the cricket grounds of Trinity College, sipping some cool drinks and trying to understand the rules of the game that was slowly unfolding on the field in front of us.
We never did figure out the rules of cricket. Leaving the relative tranquility of Trinity behind us, we endured the hustle and bustle of Grafton Street on a Saturday afternoon as we made our way towards Wagamama for our evening vittles.
Cricket and noodles, that’s the new multi-cultural Dublin for you.