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Judy on Vote Harold and The Stufftie… tom goevelinger on Plane Crazy Judy on Happy New Year!
There was so much to see and do in Dublin… Including a Very long and very informative history walk through the city.., 2 and a half hours of Irish history… From the Vikings sniffing up the Liffey (the river in Dublin) to the peaceful truce and the upcoming 100 year celebration of independence.
We strolled around Trinity College, Temple Bar, the former Parliament buildings, the castle, and back around.
Harold got a little lost in all the history lessoning, but enjoyed the walk about. My feet hurt by the end… But that is what coffee shops are for!
After our history walk, we looked at the Book of Kells at Trinity College… What an amazing achievement… Colorful Art and word, together… Like, say, comics… Except cartoonists don’t crush their own pigment and make their own paint and vellum. As far as I know.
Above the Book of Kells(no photos allowed), is the long hall… An extensive library of books Mr. Wilde used as a student of Trinity. Another amazing sight.
With a light rain to mark our final evening in Dublin, we had a nice dinner at the Farm on Dawson, and back to the hotel to pack. The road to Limerick awaits.
Nelson, Harold & I spent Saturday walking about Dublin. We discovered the art museum (under renovation), and the history museum (amazing artifacts from antiquity and medieval times), both free and terribly interesting! I will return when the renovations are complete at the art mueseum to see what was unavailable. Like this fellow(?)
Later in the evening, after a stroll in St. Stephen’s Green and a fine dinner at Balfes, Nelson and I decided to take in literary Dublin and some ciders on the literary pub crawl. We thought it best to leave Harold at the hotel for fear that he might wander off. He is so friendly and gets very sloshy at bars … So I think it was a good decision.
… Until the legs gave out!
We arrived in Dublin a tad late… Tardy passengers held up our flight from London, but other than that… It was a very long but straight forward trip into Dublin. Taxi’d to our hotel where showers and teeth brushing was tres necessary.
Harold wanted to head to a pub for dinner and a pint… So we literally trotted next door to Bruxelles Pub where Harold, Nelson & I had some adult beverages… Nelson shared a cider with our stufftie pal, and I took a gin and tonic.
Let me just say that the brown bread i had with my potato leek soup was tasty, but the real irish butter was off the charts good!
After dinner, we had to walk about a bit… And we walked to Temple Bar, which was rather congested with drinking peoples… All seemingly in their early to late twenties. We ducked into a place i had found prior to the trip called Art Jam … There, Ruth was a joy to talk to… Turns out, she’s a Steinbeck fan! We talked about Dublin’s where to go and not go… Limerick’s issues, and cats ownership and its ups and downs. Ruth met Harold and I introduced her to Squid Row, of couse. What a serendipitous meeting.
Now… It’s off to bed… For tomorrow will be full of more adventuring!
So after a day of milling around San Jose, Harold and I made it to San Francisco International. As I write, I am watching massive planes taxi to the runway. The cafe I am at is just above the ridiculously large Air France A380… Which we have lovingly named “Chuckie” … We flew this a few times to Paris. Our British Airways 747 is no tiny slouch either. The little baby domestic flights look so pip squeaky next to these behemoths. I guess I am marveling a bit at the achievement of air travel… Harold absolutely loves watching the planes take off and land. He and I both.
…in Ireland! Yes, October 15 through 30th, Harold and I will be in Dublin, Limerick, and Galway. Keep your eye on this space for exciting posts! I will be working (Bridgett) and Harold will be “helping”…me drink hard cider.
Besides this, what are we planning, you may ask…? Dublin will be filled with time on the literary pub crawl, visiting The Book of Kells, finding Oscar Wilde, and enjoying the city. Limerick will offer me some work time, local exploration of pubs, coffee houses, if any… A weeklong Halloween carnival, And hopefully not being drenched by downpours. Galway has a Halloween giant puppet event, And the local pretty countryside to offer us. I’m not sure of what else we will be doing there… Sheep seeing?
Anyhow, look for updates and photos… You can see the Instagram feed of the latest photo… So you can follow there as well. Okay, I must get some packing done… Harold is pacing already… Sheesh!