Interesting when I arrived in the City from the airport and saw throngs of people, everywhere, hundreds and hundreds. The crowds actually made my taxi ride cost me more money since street crossings were mobbed, as well as all sidewalks on the main streets for blocks. I had to wonder what was happening and my cab driver said there was a Bruce Springsteen concert in a few hours. The concert was about 3 blocks from my hotel and I could hear the music and roaring applause.
Easter Rising - 100 year celebration while I was there.
Garden of Remembrance
In memory of many insurrections for Irish freedom*
rebirth and resurrection, added in 1971
100 Year Celebration Flags were everywhere.
The Great Famine changed the face of Ireland and America too.**
Cutest gelato store ever with these scooter stools.
The harp is the symbol of Ireland
Beautiful harp suspension bridge. This is just so fantastic
Harp (also known as Brian Boru's Harp), medieval
from 14th or 15th century, on display in the long room at
Trinity College in Dublin.
Magnificent library at Trinity College,
Ancient Book of Kells, quite moving.
No photos allowed. ***
No photos allowed. ***
Step by step info on the beer making process.
Most important ingredient, their great water from the mountains.
They had a great film from back in the 1950's showing how
the beer barrels were made. Fascinating, hard work to make,
barrels, extremely skilled woodworkers.
12-foot-tall, two-ton wood carving of a giant pint of Guinness.
Several displays of their advertising over the years.
Following are views from the top floor, Gravity Bar, 7th floor. Glass windows afford great views of Dublin and surrounding areas. Best view in the city.
Guinness goes with everything.
I wanted to take a trip out of Dublin, so I hopped on the bus and took a scenic 2 1/2 hour ride to the Irish Coast. Lots of history in Galway since it was an ocean port. The crowds were about as thick as they were in Dublin, maybe worse since the sidewalks were narrower. By the time I got back on the bus I was glad to get away from people for awhile. I don't think you could walk in that town during June - August with more tourists.
Got a city map from the tourist office and hit just about every important spot. A wonderfully walkable city. History every turn. I am glad I took a day to visit. Again, if I return to Ireland I'd like to find some place that is more remote.
Some country views as we drove by in the bus.
Content cattle in the countryside
Eyre Square, a/k/a John F. Kennedy
People out enjoying a sunny day in the park
Part of the old city wall is incorporated into
a large shopping center in the center of the city.
Signs share info on the various time periods in Galway.
An old church now an office building
I talked to this man awhile and asked him questions about the above building. He teased me and said, "Aren't you going to take my picture." so I did. I told him he could be my Galway man.
Down at Galway Harbor. So many people outside
enjoying the sunshine that they don't get that often.
The Spanish Arch, 1584
Interesting and well done --free
Full sized fishing boat inside the museum.
Interesting mix of old and new
I just can't write any more about this, so I'm closing. My next blog will cover Edinburgh, Scotland. I was very moved when I made my first walk down Princess Street and really can't describe how amazing those first sights were. It was just like turning back time, or that I had wondered onto a movie set.
In summary, Ireland is rich in history at every turn, remembers her past with fervor. I loved walking through the city, enjoyed the bridges and river, and drinking a pint. Not what I expected, but that's why I went -- to see what Ireland was about to me. Enjoy.