Have you ever seen something on TV, the internet, or in photos and thought wow, I hope to make it there some day? When I was little I was always watching the travel channel with my dad thinking to myself someday I’ll visit beautiful places like on TV.
Fast forward 10 years and I’ve been to 15 countries and seen some pretty amazing places. Trinity College’s Long Room Library was one of those places that I had seen a long time ago, and when I got there, it was even more beautiful in person.
There are stacks and stacks and stacks of books. The library was built between 1712 and 1732, and the Long Room at Trinity College’s Old Library holds the collection’s 200,000 oldest books. Fun fact that I learned: the books are organized from large to small, not alphabetically. So, largest books go on the bottom and the smallest are on top. Funny right? How would you ever find a book?
Caroline and I spent 30 minutes in line outside to get in and then another 20 minutes in the library looking around and trying to take a decent photo, but the views in there were worth the wait. The other great view? Our guide… he looked like he was straight out of Harry Potter. See below photo of him hanging out with what I call “The Snitch.”
Later in the afternoon, we headed over to The Merrion Hotel for “Art Tea.” They are known for their wonderfully beautiful works of art all over the hotel and they think it is good enough to eat.
So, that’s exactly what we did.
We sat down and had the most lavish Afternoon Tea in Dublin in their Drawing Room; and I loved every minute of it. It was dainty, girly and right up my alley of how I wanted to spend an afternoon.
After hot tea, Caroline and I both had this crazy good drink called The Matcha Magic Mocktail (pineapple, orange juice and green tea) it was supposedly cleansing, and after drinking beer every single night we decided that we needed to drink two…plus it was absolutely delicious.