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You Must Visit Trinity College
Trinity College is like the Harvard of Ireland, except that it is way cooler than Harvard because alums include Samuel Beckett, Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith (aka the author of the funniest play ever written), Oscar Wilde (aka the author of the second funniest play ever written), Bram Stoker, Eoin Colfer, George Berkeley, and Edmund Burke. The best way to see TC is to take a tour run by a student. The hours and prices change depending on time of year, so please check here for more specific info. Mine was run by a vivacious graduate student named Danielle from Tipperary. ("Please don't sing the song," she requested. "I know it's a long way there.") I wish I could replicate the whole tour, but instead you will have to be satisfied with:
Just as a literature course is more satisfying if the teacher has some sort of overarching theme for the class, a lengthy trip is more satisfying if it is designed to at least provide the illusion that the traveler is learning something from the experience. This goes double for a long trip, which here means a trip that is at least a month long. It was because I wanted to explore the theme of "myself" that I came to spend my summer exploring Ireland and Romania, two nations that have very little in common other than me.
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Mon-Fri. Closed Saturday and Sunday
Price: Oof. Tasting Menu is 218 Euros per person, but it's worth it.
The last time I wrote about Paris, I described visiting the restaurant of my dreams, Taillevent. I had been dying to eat here ever since I read about it in one of my favorite travel books, 1000 Places To See Before You Die, and the place more than lived up to my expectations.
You may, therefore, be wondering why I am choosing to write about the restaurant again. The fact is, as amazing as my first experience at the restaurant was, I did have a couple of mishaps. There was the time I got into an argument with the sommelier, or the time my credit card was declined and I had to yell at my bank in the middle of the restaurant while moderately intoxicated, which was certainly one of the more embarrassing experiences of my life. I was eager to go back and have my favorite meal again, only this time humiliation free.
Over summer vacation I read Bleak House, and I was struck by Dickens's message of how charity should begin at home. I struggled to think of a way that I could apply this message to my own life, as my home consists of me and my cat, and that freeloader gets enough charity out of me.
Riding one of the boats along the Seine is absolutely the most touristic thing you can do in Paris. You still have to do it. I want to make it clear that I in no way think that saying something is touristy is a criticism. As a New Yorker, I can assure you that acting like a tourist in the Big Apple will ensure that you will have a much better time than you would if you acted like a native.
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Address:2 Boulevard du Palais, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: Every day 9:30 AM-6 PM
You Should Visit La Conciergerie Before Seeing Sainte-Chapelle
This is because the lines for the Conciergerie are much shorter than the lines for Sainte Chapelle, but at La Conciergerie you can buy a ticket for both sights at a reduced price. Then you get to skip the endless line for Sainte-Chapelle! I decided to take advantage of this deal because skipping that horrific Sainte-Chapelle line is worth any price.
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