Seeing a Bird (After Leaving the Chester Beatty Museum)


The Chester Beatty turns out to be right next to Dublin Castle (Dame Street, Stop # 9 on the Hop On/Hop Off red tour bus), and there is no admission fee.

Self loved the museum.  It’s possibly the most interesting museum she’s seen (yet) in Ireland.

It turns out to be highly focused on the book as a work of art.

There are many, many examples of Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic writing (calligraphy), some thousands of years old.

And there’s also one section on Moghul (Indian) art that seems to be highly focused on animals and all kinds of fabulous creatures.  And that’s why she spent much time photographing birds in a park afterwards.

Which led self to wonder if it was worth exploring the Dublin Zoo.  So just now she googled the Dublin Zoo and found that it is “Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction.”

Which is amazing, because self thought the Book of Kells would have been “Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction.”

The zoo has just welcomed its first “Rothschild giraffe calf.”  Which is amazing.  Not the part about welcoming the giraffe calf, but that the giraffe is actually called the “Rothschild giraffe.”

She wonders if, one day, she’ll see something about a “Wells Fargo elephant” in San Francisco Zoo.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Pigeon, Flying Away

Yesterday, Near Dublin Castle

Yesterday, in a Park Near Dublin Castle

Self is re-reading John O’Donohue’s poetry collection Conamara Blues.

The first section, “Approachings,” begins with quotes by Hélene Cixous, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

Love the quote from Cixous:

I want to watch watching arrive.
I want to watch arrivances.

Self was at the Chester Beatty Library yesterday until closing.

She then decided to sit in a little circular park to rest before catching a bus back to her B & B.

For some reason, there was a whole pod of pigeons in restless flight around a nearby bush.  So self waited.  And waited.  And waited some more.  Until she finally caught the rustle of a wing almost directly above the bench where she was sitting.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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