Christmas time is full of nice little things that make it real and enjoyable. You just have to notice them and that’s why I wanted to write some of them here.
The first time in my Dublin Christmas I had an opportunity to go to the Carol Service – unbelievable, that I didn’t do it before, especially in Dublin but somehow we just have missed it. Even this time it didn’t come up as a plan but we just found it on our way to the Christmas Market when Sean took me to see the church where he had sung as a school kid. It was a nice big Cathedral, very near to us and just on our way to the Christmas Market – St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral at Marlborough Street. When we entered the Cathedral a Boys’ Choir were rehearsing for their concert and they were so cute and nice that we changed our plans and stayed for the Carol Service which was just to begin after an hour. It was the best choice because the service was so nice and it was so good to listen to a Boys’ Choir – a real Christmas feeling with Carols. After the service, I had a chance to shake hands with the priest and say thank you. It was really one of these nice small things and I am so happy that we both enjoyed it – we both have been singing in choirs, so why not 🙂
After the service, we went to M&S to treat ourselves with some nice posh food and bought a big jar of partridge pateé with pear chutney which I named “The Partridge on a Pear Tree”, and which was really delicious. M&S Food Shop is among My Little Nice things without any questions asked and I am looking forward what kind of delicatessen we will find for our New Years Eve.
And one more nice thing is to get Christmas Cards as a couple – probably something that you never think about if you have been a couple for a long time but still so nice to me. And actually, nowadays you don’t get too many Christmas Cards in envelopes any more.
It was time to get to know the old Dublin and have a sight into the historical background. On one hand I was a bit sad that I didn’t read these Edward Rutherfurd’s books before coming, but on the other hand, I will be pretty more educated when I go back and start to read them. I am sure that I am able to enjoy them more when I have more connections with the real Irish history and it all makes more sense to me.
We started the day from the Dublin Castle, where we visited the Chester Beatty Library which is situated in the castle building. It’s a collection of manuscripts, books, and miniatures that belonged to the mining magnate sir Chester Beatty and is now displayed a free exhibition. You can find items from almost all the countries in the world and they are exposed as Wester collections, East Asian collections, and Islamic collections.
Then we headed out to see the two churches that are both situated quite near there. Despite Ireland being a Catholic country, these churches were both protestant churches. And for a catholic country, it’s surprising that they have used their empty churches in very curious ways like using them as night clubs, pubs, and tourism information centres, which is a nice way to keep them as a part of a modern society.
St Patrick’s Cathedral
We also entered the Christ Church and climbed to the St Michel’s Tower where there was a really nice view on the town, even despite the rainy weather.
The next step was going back to the roots and investigate where did it all start and who were the first to settle down in Ireland. We went to Dublinia to see the Viking times and some Medieval history of Dublin. And guess what, the Viking didn’t come just only from Scandinavia, but also from Estonia, so we could have the same roots. Yes, I knew that already, but it was nice to see it written on the wall and to point it out with pleasure.