The good thing about an unplanned spell of home education is that it gives you chance to visit all the places in your home town (can I call Dublin that now please?) that you haven't been to yet. After 25 years there are still a large number on my target list, and it's not just me either.
Collins Barracks, for no reason except that the name popped into my head. I had a feeling that it was about history and war, which would normally be interesting to a 14 year old, but not necessarily my son. I needn't have worried. The first sign we saw was this:
As a keen student of Norse mythology, my son marched straight past the museum entrance and over to this building. Though I think he was a little disappointed that there was no mention of Thor and his hammer in this display of the Asgard, a beautifully restored early 20th century yacht involved in a famous gun-running incident.
We had a quick look round, I took a few snaps and then we headed for the main building. We pottered around the galleries for a while, our eyes caught by exhibits as varied as Connemara marble,19th century dresses and ancient rifles. Then my son saw something that he found much more interesting. It was a banner for an exhibition on Asian Art. Now for someone with a passionate interest in all things Japan, this was essential viewing. So up the stairs we headed.
The only disappointment was that the place was very, very empty, almost creepy in parts, when the slightest creaky floor board would make you jump. And I dislike crowds, but this was just too quiet. I wonder why? I would definitely recommend Collins Barracks as a place to visit: it's free and spacious, and has a huge range of interesting and unusual displays. There's also a well-stocked shop, and a cafe, with a display of absolutely delicious-looking cakes and salads... But we resisted temptation. The computer called.
Then, on the way out, the teenager spotted the extra beetle on this:
And that's now where we're going next...
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