Friday, 26 April 2013

A poem for the weekend

I wandered lonely as a cloud by William Wordsworth

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
in such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
what wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Dublin

I spent a long weekend in Dublin back in February, exploring the city's hangouts and secret eateries with a colleague who had lived there for a while. (Aren’t local guides the best?!) We walked around a lot, ate a lot - there was so much great food around, I was in heaven (check out that burrito below!) and saw 'King Lear' performed at the Abbey Theatre.

 

An absolute highlight of the trip was a visit to the Chester Beatty Museum – the most incredible treasure trove for book lovers. The permanent collection includes pages from the first Bibles and Korans, books made from jade and papyrus, illuminated manuscripts, prints, scrolls, drawings, calligraphy and much more. Afterwards, I went to see the Book of Kells and the Old Library at Trinity College - it was a very geeky book day!

I hadn't particularly enjoyed Dublin in the past and I think it's because it’s one of those places that you need more time to explore and get to know properly. I had been to Ireland before; most recently in the fall of last year (you can read about the trip here), but I had never spent more than a day at a time in its capital. I’m definitely a convert after this trip!

 
Have you been to Dublin? What are your favourite spots in the city?
In case you’re planning a trip – have a look at this fabulous city guide on Design Sponge.