We started out the day with a Buffet Irish Breakfast. It was okay, filling. But I was reminded of the Buffet breakfast at the Prince Resort in Tokyo. That one was bigger and had more variety. My favorite part of the breakfast was the cheese and blood sausages... What does that tell you?
From breakfast, we took a cab over to the national gallery. It is small, but it has some impressive pieces. Work from Picaso, Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Van Gogh. It also has some great Irish art. But the piece that I know will make someone on my friends list all excited over was this one:
Caravaggio, Mac, they had a Caravaggio. Which I know is one of your major artistic influences. The canvas was huge, maybe 6 feet or so wide and you could really see the detail that he put into it. They didn't allow pictures, which I approved of since flashes can hurt the pigments, but you would have loved it.
After the gallery, we went to the National History and Archeology Museum. They had several saint's relics there. Including a "Tooth of St. Patrick" and it's shrine. The Shoe of St. Brigid, and like 10 or more others. Some quite odd. Although the shoe was my favorite. I kept thinking that St. Brigid was some kind of hagiographic cinderella and that Jesus was going to be her prince charming and whisk her away from the mundane secular world. So yeah, fun times.
Museum time over, we needed to kill some time before having High Tea at the Shelbourne Hotel. So we wandered around St. Stephen's Park for a bit.( Cut for 14 large pictures. )