Thursday, November 21, 2013

"In Dublin's Fair City..."

 I'm back from a fun three night cruise with MSC followed by three extra nights in Barcelona.
It was a terrific trip and I'm loading the photographs to the laptop today.
But first I have to tell you all about my last trip.

I finally have some photos from Dublin edited and ready to go!
I can't wait to share them with you over the next few weeks.
I still can't get over Ireland.
I had the most amazing time and absolutely fell in love with the place.

The people of Dublin were so welcoming and engaging.
Everyone wanted to connect.  Everyone was a storyteller.

I didn't realize how much I'd been missing that human touch.
I love London, but it's not a place for making random connections as you go through your day.

In Ireland, I soaked up those little daily connections like water.
The people of Dublin look into your eyes and they see you.
From taxi drivers to shopkeepers to waiters to tour guides, they connect and it's wonderful.

Today, I'm going to share some photos of Dublin and in future posts
I'll share some of the wonderful places that I visited.

In Dublin's fair city,
Where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"

The pedestrian Liffey Bridge was built in 1816.  It was Ireland's first cast iron bridge. 
It's also known as the Ha'penny Bridge as that was once the price to cross.
Watching the sun set over Dublin from this bridge was breathtaking.

One of the best things about Dublin is the live music.
Being a Texas girl, live music is something that I love and I've missed it so much.
I was drawn through door after door, following the sound of an Irish tune.

He was really enjoying the music and tapping his foot.
I touched my camera and raised my eyebrows in question to make sure I had his permission.
He happily agreed with this beautiful smile and a twinkle in his eye.

At the Gogerty Temple Bar, they keep a basket of bananas on hand in case all of that dancing and clapping depletes your potassium stores.

You should have seen the guy in the blond wig dancing a jig.  He was in full-on party mode.
You could not wipe the smile off of my face while the music was playing.

I had such a blast in Dublin!  I can't wait to go back.

What is your favorite thing about Dublin?


  1. Looks so lively! Dublin has to be one of our next trips for sure! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Oh! Dublin is on my TO DO List as well :D I have pinned your post due to that :P

  3. This is making me more excited! This time in a month I will be in Dublin :D

  4. I love the people in the photos! They all seem so friendly and welcoming :)

  5. I would love to visit Dublin- it looks so lively and fun! Glad you enjoyed yourself :)

  6. I loved Dublin because there was NOTHING to do! Sounds like a miserable time, but nothing means relaxing and enjoying the music and the people and pubs. What a great city! (I don't literally mean nothing, but I kinda do, if you know what I mean.)

  7. This makes me want to go to Ireland more and more! I love Irish music and would love to go to a pub and sit there and listen!

  8. I love Dublin! The people are so friendly and it's a fun place to visit.

  9. I am loving your pictures of the Irish fellows smiling with their eyes (the one of the sweet old man and the second to last photo of the guitar player) ! That sweet old man reminds me of my papa who immigrated from Ireland to Boston back in the 1930's.

  10. Seeing the shots of Grafton St and Ha'penny bridge made me all sorts of homesick!
    OK... so you know Gogarty's, and you know how there is a mural of people painted on the outside of it? Well my friend Jenny is one of the people painted in the mural. She's the blonde in the green turtleneck. True story.

  11. I can't get the song out of my head now….Alive! alive!.. argh! As always I love your photos, especially the gentleman with a twinkle in his eye.

  12. You are so right about the people wanting to conect and the sheer lack of it in London ... there are some more connected places but sadly they seem to be dwindling.

    Loved the photos - they really gave a sense of the spirit of the place!

  13. It was really refreshing and I don't think I'd realized how much I had missed it. Especially coming from Texas where everyone is your friend. Thanks for saying that the photos captured the feel of Dublin! That's the best compliment, because that's what I always try to do. :D 

  14. Thanks so much, Lauren! I got your email & I'm working on a response. I'm so glad you commented! :D 

  15. lol It's a catchy tune. He was so sweet. I really miss Dublin, don't you?

  16. I hope I captured the feel of it correctly. I just loved it so much and I can see how you would be homesick for it. I was only there for a week and I'm homesick for it. Such a great place. We loved Gogerty's!

  17. Aww. I love the stories of the Irish who immigrated to the US. There were so many. I'm going to write about the Little Dublin Museum soon. They had an exhibit about the deep connection between Ireland & the US. Those Irish fellows were pretty adorable, old and young ;)

  18. I completely agree! My favorite city to visit so far. 

  19. I've got the "I want to go back to Ireland" Blues just like you do! 

  20. That music is just fabulous. It really makes you feel, happy or melancholy. It's lovely. 

  21. I do know exactly what you mean. The joy of touring that city is the pubs and restaurants, just strolling around. The city, music and the people is the attraction.

  22. Thanks so much, Kayli! You would love it. Such a fun and lively place.

  23. It is terrific! Are you planning to visit soon?

  24. Everyone was fun and friendly. I had fun with the camera. No one yelled at me for taking their picture.

  25. OMG Sam! You are going to LOVE it!!! How long will you be there? I'm so jealous!

  26. Move up to the top of the list. It's great fun!!

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