Tuesday 13 September - Dublin
Let's not talk about European
cars. Where was reverse again after we turned
head on into oncoming traffic at a freeway exit?
Thankfully the rest of the 25
minute drive to our hotel went without a hitch and
David finally worked out how to use the
handbrake, (The handbrake was a rather small
switch in the middle console) we arrived at
the hotel about 10:45pm. Comfortable and roomy with
a view over the Liffey River. We are very central to
We couldn't go to bed straight
away and Temple Bar district was just across the
river from us so we re-acquainted ourselves during a
stroll around the Temple Bar district before
bed. Look what Denise found? Suddenly
she felt at home again. (This pic is for
Aldene, Deirdre and Darryl and all the Sutcliffe'
Den's day is complete after seeing
Wednesday 14 September - Dublin
The next morning we set out from
our hotel on the River Liffey and took in the city
Penny Farthing Bridge in the distance. Looks
further in the picture than it is. You can see
our hotel on the left hand side situated on the
corner of Jervis Street and Ormond Quay Lower. The
ground floor has a white coloured front. We are on
the third floor facing the river.
After a short breakfast in a local
coffee shop not far from Dublinia it was time to
enjoy more sights. Pictured below is Dublinia. We
visited this site in our last trip to Ireland but
Den convinced me it was well worth another look and
this time I joined her.
First to Dublinia - a history of Ireland from Viking
invasion to today.
Talking of Viking invasions..... Denise was quick to
get into character.
Here is my favourite shot of
Denise.Pic of the day :-) Den approves.
The views from
the tower in Dublinia.
Back to walking down to the river.
Time for another rest - back to the hotel.
O'Connell Street main strip was next on our
list. Hungry tummies become a thing of the past
after lunch at one of the Irish pubs along the
way. Yumo!. Get a load of Denise's beer
compared to Davids drink. The ginger ales that came
with Davids drink was nearly as small as the salt
The strolling continues. An unplanned stop at the
James Joyce Centre. Even though the exhibition was
only a few rooms it still took over an hour to look
around. The interactive components take a bit of
time to read through. Well worth a visit if you
are a James Joyce fan. Pictured below are some
clothes James wore as a kid. Pic of James on the
David was not too pleased at the
amount of time I took. He didn't join me and he
couldn't find anywhere to sit to wait.
Needless to say we were both rather focused on getting
back to the hotel for another nap. I think the
jet lag finally caught up with us both. We woke
up - what 8:30pm already!
Off to Temple bar again for dinner. We were
Thursday 14 September - Dublin
A warm and sunny day in Ireland
with a top of 17 forecast ...wow this is
great. Here are some highlights of our Dublin
Within a stones throw of our hotel
(pictured below is part of the Temple Bar
area) Pubs galore and quite different during
Entry to the South City Market
(1881) and pictured below inside the market.
The Powerscourt family city
residence. Behind the facade some parts of the
house remain. The building is now a boutique
Entrance to the National Museum of Ireland
Pictured below is the Lurgan
Remarkable finds at the Hill of
Tara. A sacred site north of Dublin.
The Hill of Tara , located near the River Boyne, is an
archaeological complex. It contains a number of
ancient monuments and, according to tradition, was
the seat of the High King of Ireland.
Back at the Temple Bar. For
all the times we went past it we never went inside.
It was always packed.
Pictured below the entrance to the
oldest pub in Dublin - The Brazen Head. It was
the venue for tonight's entertainment - Food, Folklore
and Fairies. My dinner consisted of entree,
warm chicken salad, mains - traditional Irish stew
and dessert, apple pie.
Our host and story teller Ollie
Grace. He was a very quirky character and his
stories and songs were very entertaining.