Vita & Virginia (The Movie)
When we arrived in Dublin, we were surprised to see that a movie was being filmed in front of our hostel. The movie, called “Vita & Virginia” will be released in 2018. It relates the love story between Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf at the end of 1920s. Vita Sackville-West was born in 1892 and died in 1962. She was an English poet, novelist, and garden designer. Virginia Woolf was born in 1882 and died in 1941. She was an English writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernists of the twentieth century. Virginia Woolf met Vita Sackville-West in 1922 within the “Bloomsbury Group” which was an influential group of associated English writers, intellectuals, philosophers and artists. The two women had a liaison during 1920s. Virginia Woolf inspired by Vita Sackville-West, created “Orlando” in 1928, a fantastic biography in which the hero crossed centuries and changed his gender. “Vita & Virginia” is directed by Chania Button,a British film director. The cast includes Gemma Arterton who plays Vita and Elizabeth Debicki who plays Virginia. Eva Green was originally cast in the lead role but dropped out.
The scenery was very impressive. In fact, all the actors and extras were dressed in costumes from the 1920s and the whole street was filled with historical cars. We didn’t expect to be at the heart of a shooting and it was a very interesting and funny experience.
What we liked the most
The majority of us had never been to Ireland and the trip allowed us to discover a new county as well as a new culture. So the trip was a cultural as well as an intellectual enrichment experience. If we were to take a poll of the students’ favorite activities, in third place would be the visit to the Jeanie Johnston boat. That day, our amiable guide made the visit very interesting and lively.
In second place, we would find the visit to Dublin. We enjoyed discovering this town very much. Some areas were quite lively at night, such as the “Temple Bar.” Thanks to our free time we were able to explore a place with our own eyes and I admit that I did a little shopping. To conclude, in first place, the favorite activity for most of the students would be the hike from Bray Head to Greystones. Indeed, we loved the very natural landscape and the huge impressive cliffs.
THE BOOK OF KELLS
During our rewarding trip to Dublin, we had the opportunity to see the Book of Kells. It can be seen in a specific area dedicated to visitors at the well-known Trinity College.
In an information tour, we learnt that the book had been written during the Middle Ages and how it had been preserved until today. In addition, we discovered the ancient alphabet and also which pigments people were using to write the Book.
Nevertheless, the most interesting part for me was the outstanding library we visited a few minutes later. We were surrounded by thousands of books of all epochs, stored from floor to ceiling, filed in different shelves and different rows. It was like being transported into a Harry Potter movie. Busts of famous people bordered the walking zone as well; we saw renowned philosophers, writers and even politicians.
However, this impressive library was just a small part of the entirety. There were many other similar rooms. Indeed, the Irish government is committed to keeping a copy of each book published in Ireland!