Dublin

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Clap clap clap!  Dublin is very cool.  I have never seen more pubs, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and churches in a couple of square miles anywhere.  Visitors and locals seem happy, especially after a couple of pints and even after Ireland lost to France in the Euros.

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Christ Church — the view from my hotel window.

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Typical cafe, this one in the Harding Hotel where I stayed.

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It rains a lot in Dublin, where some refer to rain as “liquid sunshine.”

When I arrived, Gay Pride weekend was in full swing so I joined the fun.  Ireland was the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage– which it did by popular referendum in 2015 — and they are very proud of it.

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Thanks to these two for waiting it out.

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Gay Pride in Dublin is a little tamer than San Francisco’s party — more of a family festival.  Except for a few people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dublin is a place for foodies — the choices are varied and excellent. In addition to traditional and fusion-y Irish cuisine, Dublin has cuisine from all over the world. On my first night in town, I joined my hiker buddies for Indian fare and the next day, I had Thai (real Thai, for the first time since February).

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Queen of Tarts is a cafe that is famous for its scones so I tried one even though I usually go for ice cream when I want calories I don’t need. This scone was both doughy and dry. Like all scones.

And Dubliners are famously friendly. In a 20 minute ride to the ferry dock, my cab driver shared stories about Dublin’s history, its food and his trip to Berlin.  Thank you friendly cab driver — I am definitely going to Berlin.

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Dublin was my last Irish city and a great way to finish my visit to wonderful Ireland. Now in Wales!

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“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Irish poet and author, Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

 

6 comments

  1. All that rain makes for beautiful flowers. Wonder how the weather compares to Portland. Looking forward to Whales blog.

  2. I loved the Irish people, too. What a fun trip, Kim! Where will you go in Wales? My grandmother was Welsh (and my name), and I have good friends in the north.

  3. Ireland is a magical country filled with a populace of warm and engaging people… and a woeful history of conflicts between those people. I’ll never fully understand the Emerald Isle, but I loved the times I travelled there.

    Onward to Wales where I not only didn’t understand the history, I couldn’t even understand half the people with whom I talked. Enjoy!!!

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