Dublin, Ireland

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Last week I was lucky to spend 72 hours in Dublin, Ireland.
This was my first time travelling here, but I knew what I wanted to find.
After some light research I found the sights that I wanted to see.

These were the:

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My first stop was Dublin Castle, which is home for the Chester Beatty Library.
The library was established in 1950 to hold the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.
This library contains many historical artifacts, from manuscripts, prints, rare books and more.

 

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The article from this library that stuck with me the most I found in the temporary exhibit, “Chester Beatty’s A-Z from Amulet to Zodiac”. Under P, for Papyrus.

Follow this link to see the artifact I was looking at: http://www.cbl.ie/cbl_image_gallery/exhibition/detail.aspx?imageId=1497&ImageNumber=T0005909&exhibitionId=19&page=1

This article stuck with me because I could physically see the age of this papyrus. All I could think about was that there was someone who was actually responsible for writing this. Someone took this sheet of papyrus, and wrote out each character, somewhere in time and history.

 

My next stop was Trinity College University campus, to see the library there.

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After the exhibits at the Chester Beatty Library, I was excited to see the books and book shelves in the long room of Trinity College Library.

This library holds 200,000 books, most of which required a second level expansion of the library for accommodation.

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The library was so quiet, and felt just like a library should. It smelt like a library, and you could feel the history and how old the building and the books were. Before entering the long room there is a small area where two workers were cleaning and preserving books. It must be a tedious job.

In this library I tried to picture people actually coming in to use the library, people using the ladders to reach the top shelves, taking a book down and reading it. I was imagining the number of hands each book must have touched, and the amount of knowledge people acquired from these books.
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Book Store Fronts

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It`s amazing how stores selling the same items – books, could have such different appearances. It`s interesting to think how geography, character, traditions, etc. can play into what a book store can look like and feel like, despite offering the same thing.

It appears that San Fran might be the place to go for independent book stores. From the images I have found, they appear so welcoming, and not like your average used or independent book store (at least like the ones in my city). It makes me wonder if I should take some time to explore Toronto and discover the independent bookstores the city has to offer. I have been to World`s Biggest Bookstore located in Toronto, but it has since been closed. (Despite its name, it was not actually the world`s biggest bookstore).

These store fronts reminds me of my post Searching for the Library . Libraries too in different cities, and countries can have such different atmospheres, character, and design.

I love the look of all of the following book store fronts. Whether it`s because of the windows, a catching sign, or the piles of book, I know that I would stop in any of these book stores to explore.

Wishing I Could Step Into my book

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One thing about reading books is that they have the ability to transport you to different times through history, and the future and different places around the world, real or imaginary. A book is a way of travelling without the distance, without the cost, and the time. But sometimes you come across a book in which reading about a place just doesn’t cut it. That book that makes you want to get up off your couch, your bed, your hammock, and set out to see the place you are reading about. It helps if this place is real.

One of the top places I want to visit most would be Nantucket Island, in Massachusetts. I discovered this island while reading books written by Elin Hilderbrand. The island is the recurring setting for her books. Each time I read one of her books I easily get transported to Nantucket and I have such a desire to go there in real life. One of the things that I want to see in real life is the ferry that takes travellers out to the Island. My imagination has done some pretty great work while reading Hilderbrand’s books, imagining the Island, the ferry, the beaches, lighthouses, and town. But I think it would make reading her books that much richer to be able to use real life images from my own travels to the Island to support my imagination, especially to see that ferry in real life. To ride it and feel the breeze, to see the island approaching, and be able to feel those memories again while reading Hilderbrand’s books.

 


What are some other destinations that you may have read about and will want to travel to one day?

 

Searching for the Library

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Check out this article by Emily Temple on Flavorwire featuring “The 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries In the World”.

http://flavorwire.com/280318/the-25-most-beautiful-public-libraries-in-the-world

I am currently trying to expose my self to more travelling in hopes of catching the travel bug. Unfortunately I have avoided being infected so far. But! This article makes me rethink travelling and how I may enjoy it more.

Why not seek out the World’s libraries?

This article features so many beautiful libraries that it makes me want to go to all of these places just to see them in person.
I could spend hours in a library, exploring the different levels and the different sections they have to offer. Walking down aisles touching the books, observing others, and hiking the stairs to find the perfect reading spot. I know that the next time I am travelling it will be one of my goals to find a library where ever I am. It will be amazing to see that despite differing cultures, languages, or beliefs, a library and a passion for books and reading can cross borders and will be seen across the world. I know that when I am away from home, a library might just be the place I need for some home comfort and a welcoming place to go to when I feel alone.

These are a few of my favourites from Temple’s post:

Some people seek out restaurants, monuments, or attractions. I want to be the person that seeks out libraries. And, I will be on my next travels!

Recently, I went to the Nipissing University Library, and I loved it. It was bright, airy, and a place I would totally be comfortable wandering and spending hours in. Unfortunately, I’m not in school, but my boyfriend is going there, and he may have to live with the fact that I may be more excited to visit the library than to come visit him….

Have you been to any libraries in a different country, province, state, or city?

Books on a Plane

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As you may have read on my “About Me” page, I am a flight attendant.
I see travellers off on their vacations and get aways.
One of my favourite parts of travelling is picking the books I will bring with me and then settling in to read my books in the car, on the plane, at the beach, or hotel, and anywhere I can in between.
These days I see people boarding the plane with nothing but electronic devices, or those who are anticipating an in flight entertainment system. Despite the ever-growing age of technology and electronic devices, I feel a connection to those who still find solace and entertainment in reading a good ol’ paperback.
While I watch people boarding the plane and keep an eye out for those sometimes rare passengers travelling with books. Later in the flight, I love walking down the aisle and observing the passengers, who like me, would rather read on a plane than use technology.
I get excited especially when I see a passenger reading a book that I have read and loved. And then feel proud of others for still enjoying books.
This past week on the plane I saw a couple of passengers reading books by authors I love, and especially some of my favourites.

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I love a chance to tell passengers that I love the book they are reading (Still Alice) or ask them about a book I have on my list to read (A House in the Sky).

As exciting as it can be when I see passengers reading on the plane, it makes me so sad when they forget their book behind. I instantly imagine them settling down to read by the pool, reaching for their book and realizing they left it behind. I know how disappointed I would be. Hopefully they follow one of my “Reading Rules” and always have an extra book on hand!

As long as I am flying, and passengers are reading I will be making these posts. So watch for more “Books on a Plane” posts, updated following every work week of flying!

Dreaming of Christmas In Iceland

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http://arts.nationalpost.com/2014/07/11/iceland-reads/

I read this article a couple weeks ago and I thought to myself I need to move to Iceland. I have always wanted to travel to Iceland, but to move there I hadn’t considered until reading this article.
The third paragraph is what really got me. I instantly started imagining the joy I would have waking up Christmas morning to find nothing but beautifully wrapped books under the Christmas tree. To anyone who says I am difficult to shop for, I really am the easiest. If I only received books for every occasion I would be the happiest girl in the world.
I also have to admit that I have attempted, as I’m sure many other book lovers have, to share my love of books with others by buying them books for Christmas and other holidays. Unfortunately, the recipients of these books aren’t always as enthusiastic about the books as I am giving them. But if I lived in Iceland, where the most popular gift is books, I would be wonderfully happy to receive nothing but books, and others would be wonderfully happy to receive the same from me.

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So Christmas in Iceland is what got me. But then I kept reading. I never knew that Iceland had such an environment based around literacy. I can’t imagine how it would feel to be a part of a community surrounded by people who share a love and passion for reading and writing. I can only imagine how inspired and proud Icelanders may feel to come from a country with the most published authors than anywhere else in the world, and whose culture revolves around literacy. I can also imagine how connected everyone must feel living in Iceland and knowing how supportive others are of your literacy work. This is a culture I feel I would instantly feel at home in. I’m sure a conversation could be struck up with almost anyone about what they are writing, or about authors they know, and books they love that have been published by authors they love and know as well. And to travel around Iceland, and be able to live in, see, and experience the places written about by Icelandic authors would also be an amazing life expereience.

Reading this article strengthens my desire to travel to Iceland. This destination is now top of my list. I want to know how it feels to be in a community with such a strong focus on literacy, versus that where I come from where it is a struggle to find others close to me who share the same passion of books and reading.

Maybe Iceland is where I am meant to be? Iceland could be a reader’s paradise, and I am axious to find out!