So first thing after breakfast we met in the lobby of the hotel and started out on a walking tour of sites associated with the book Ulysses by James Joyce. Our guide was a professor who had obviously spent a great deal of time studying the man and his works. He was fairly interesting but I came away thinking as another tour member said-"If I have to study it that hard, keep a map of early 1900's Dublin to understand what he's talking about I'm not reading him." I had been reading another of his books Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, it wasn't too bad but I don't think Joyce wrote for history if he intended for all his readers to work as hard to get his meaning. Maybe it's the same feeling I have about poetry: Why can't the author just mean what he said? English teachers seem to want to tear everything into little bits and take all the enjoyment out of it, I don't know maybe that is their enjoyment. (They'd probably wonder the same about me and my interest in early KC. To each his own. I like poetry, I just don't want to pick it apart. I think liking Joyce may be beyond me now.) Anyway, we ended up at Bewley's Cafe on Grafton Street for lunch (a terrible mushroom soup) and a short theatrical work about life changes and the confusion they create which I liked very much. Mark had given us maps of Dublin and we had free time after that so I started off walking to the Medieval part of Dublin. I got a little turned around so I walked farther than necessary but I ended up at the fabulous Christ Church.
After walking all around it, I crossed the street and went to the Viking museum. Dublin was a Viking city, set up at first as a place to tie up their boats it was eventually a permanent town with walls and a castle. The Northmen became part of the Irish people by intermarrying over time. It was called Dvblinia. I enjoyed the museum very much, at the end you walk over the street and into Christ Church, very unique. Then I walked over to Dublin Castle, just a short ways off.
I'm getting tired and I miss talking to my children, closing in on time to go home and I think I'll be ready.