One of the my favorite things about Rome was the constant juxtaposition of things modern and ancient…and plenty of things in between! There is so much history in this city, but it is living history. Imagine seeing these buildings on your commute every day!
Like many European cities, Dublin has bikes widely available for rental. I loved seeing the long rows of them, broken only when someone had borrowed one. The ads on the bikes are for Coke Zero (is that as popular in Europe as here?), but the Dublin Bikes logo is in blue.
Even the little details in Dublin feel distinctly Irish: the lampposts have little shamrocks embedded in the swirls. The shamrock has been a national symbol of Ireland for centuries; it comes from the legend of St. Patrick using the plant with three leaves to explain the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity (three persons, one God).
I particularly like this image of the lamppost because its curves contrast well with all the straight lines in the Georgian building behind it.
The impressive architecture of the Trinity College Library in Dublin is perfect for long perspective shots. The columns, rows of books, and curved ceiling of the “nave” create some fascinating intersection points. This is called the Long Room for obvious reasons. It houses the medieval Brian Boru Harp in addition to many, many old, rare books.
The Long Room is part of the Old Library, which also houses the famous illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, the Book of Kells.