Dublinia and Christ Church Cathedral (Ireland) 

And we visited Dublinia and the Christ Church Cathedral.

Things about Dublin of  from the Viking age to Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII in 1540 are  introduced at Dublinia.

You can go to Christ Church Cathedral by bridge.

National Leprechaun Museum (Ireland)

We went to the Nathional Leprechaun Museum in Dublin.

You can visit several rooms and hear  tradition, legends, folklore and old stories from Ireland.

It was a little difficult for me to understand.

The guide told us that most of the old stories didn’t have happy endings, but after Christans like St. Patrick came into Ireland they changed them to have happy endings. 

Leprechauns are elfs in Ireland and are like national mascots. 

You can spot them because of their green hats.

Guinness Storehouse (Ireland)

The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is the biggest brewery in Europe. 

At the storehouse  they introduce their production process, advertising and history.

The ticket price includes one pint of Guiness.

You can drink their stout on the 7th floor with a good view.

The old library (Ireland)

We went to the old library in Trinity  College  in Dublin.

Trinity College is the oldest public college in Ireland.

The old library has 2,000,000 books in the long room on the second floor.

And the most famous one there is The book of Kells which was made about 1200 years ago.

It is written with very beautiful pictures and characters.

The old library itself has a magnificent atmosphere. 

Hakaniemi market (Finland)

I went Hakaniemi market hall.

You can buy food on the first floor, like meat, fish, vegetables and other things.

I bought cherries, apricots and two slices of salmon for dinner.

On the second floor they sell miscellaneous goods.

I bought a couple of interesting post cards.

It was fun to look around.

I like the market very much!

Helsinki Cathedral (Finland) 

Now I came back to Japan.

On the way home I stayed in Helsinki for two nights.

I will post things about  Helsinki before Ireland.

This is Helsinki Cathedral which is located about 4 blocks away from Central station.

It was a fine day, so the white Cathedr al was very beautiful against the blue sky.

There are two more famous churches  in Helsinki though I didn’t have time to visit them. 

They were Uspenski Cathedral and Temppeliaukion church which is made out of rock.