Ireland/Scotland travel blog

Trinity college

Don in Parliament Square with Campanile in background

Entrance to Old Library

Old Jameson Distrllery

Today we followed two paths.

Carol pursued family history online with the help of a researcher at the Presbyterian Historical Center in Dublin. Valerie, the researcher, is familiar with the history of Antrim County in Northern Ireland and has been very helpful in accessing marriage and birth records held by the church. We are also getting tips for how to best use our time in Northern Ireland - for both family research and fun. We are headed to Northern Ireland tomorrow, so this preparation time was time well spent.

Don headed into the city center to tour Trinity College. He saw the Book of Kell and visited the Longroom library which is 210 ft. long and contains 200,000 antique books. Later he visited the Jameson Distillery and took their whiskey making tour. Don was lucky to be one of four guys chosen to taste three whiskeys and rate their experiences. This qualified the chosen four to receive a certificate of "qualified whisky taster." Carol is so proud! ; )

At the end of the day, we drove two hours to Antrim County in Northern Ireland. The money now changes from Euros to Pounds and the kilometers change to miles. (if that is confusing to you, imagine our learning curve!)

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