Travels through Western Europe travel blog

Famine statue

Most photographed door in Dublin

Christ Church Cathedral

Across from Trinity College

Molly McGuire

Temple Bar

Alice on Ha'penny bridge

James Joyce

Light rail

Bullet hole on O'Connell monument

Ha'penny bridge

Train Station on Grafton turned into a mall

Old city wall fragment


Rob Vickers and dancers

Up a little later than usual – 8:00! Then a nice breakfast and meet with the tour at 8:45. Alice comes down at the end as she wasn’t hungry.

Off we go to downtown Dublin. Streets a real mess as they are putting I a new rail system through the heart of downtown. Bus made its way along and Juliann pointed out important places – the most photographed door in Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, James Joyces’ house and many other things. About 11:00 we were all dropped off near the shopping district and the bus headed off. Alice and I struck out on our own.

We headed down Grafton street – a walking/shopping street – and marveled at the stores – and how many were the same as the ones in the US. We did a bit of souvenir shopping then Alice needed food – so we stopped in O’Brians where she had a wrap and I had yet another scone.

Back out on the street we walked through the Temple Bar area then over to Henry Street – the other pedestrian walking street. Into a couple stores and then Alice’s feet started to hurt. We got the light rail back to the hotel and dropped off stuff and Alice, then I headed back downtown.

Went to see an exhibit on the great famine, but it was closed. Then wandered around a bit into the Medieval area but not much was on offer. So back across the Liffey River and stopped by the GPO, an important site for the history of the Irish rebellion. Took some pictures of the bullet holes still in the O’Connell Monument.

Then, being quite foot sore (16,000 steps) I headed back to the hotel to get cleaned up and dressed then off to dinner and the cabaret.

It was held in “Taylor’s Three Rock,” the largest thatch roofed building in Europe and in continuous operation since 1640. It was really crowded with 250+ people in long tables. A small choice on the menu but we ate well. The show started with music and dancing, followed by a comedian, then more songs and dances – many quite good. Rob Vickers, a famous singer, was the star of the show – he played on Broadway several times.

At about 10:00 the show was over and we headed back to the hotel – the sky still quite light. Tomorrow will be another early day so off to bed!

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