Music! and Movies! in the Month of May, 2015

1 06 2015

The first week of May I was still in Dublin, Ireland, on my Golden Week vacation, when my favorite group happened to be playing in town.

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Only two days into the month, May was already great…  The rest of the musical activities of the month below.

As for movies, there was no movie I didn’t like and it kept getting better with my favorite for the month, The Lives of Others, coming at the very end.





Random Random Dublin

31 05 2015

Stayed in Dublin, Ireland between Wednesday, April 29 and Monday, May 4, 2015 on holiday.  Here is my random Dublin gallery.

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One Last Pint in Dublin

29 05 2015

On the day I was leaving Dublin, Ireland, I made one last stop at a hotel bar.

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Thought of getting one last proper pint of Guinness but noticed that the bar carried a “craft beer” on tap.  During my visit, I saw many signs for craft beers everywhere.  Seems to be a world trend.

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O’Hara’s





Christ Church Cathedral

28 05 2015

Christ Church Cathedral is the cathedral that was right outside of our apartment window in Dublin which I finally visited on the last day of my stay in the Irish capitol.

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View of Christ Church Cathedral from apartment

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Came with a cafe.

Came with a cafe.

Coffee in the crypt.

Coffee in the crypt.

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Irish Whiskey Time

27 05 2015

My friend Janis from New York who happened to be visiting Ireland at the same time as me took me, after a very satisfying modern Irish dinner together, to have my first (and the only) glass of Irish whiskey in Dublin.

The venue

The venue. The place actually used to be a school.

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Going to the hotel bar. Drinking at school sounds just about right.

My glass of "Writer's Tears"

Loved my glass of “Writer’s Tears”.

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Eating Out (with Janis!!) in Dublin #5

26 05 2015

I was thrilled when I found out that my friend Janis would be visiting Dublin on business at the same time as I was going to be in the capitol of Ireland.  We made plans to get together for a nice modern Irish meal.

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Janis’ pick where I accidentally visited on the same trip earlier for lunch.

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My bowl of cockles and mussels starter – my Molly Malone moment – as Janis put it. I didn’t even know what cockles were but these were delish.

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I am missing my main dish photo and I cannot remember what it was now.

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Experiencing the World of Guinness

25 05 2015

Guinness, or I guess the company that owns the brand, has done very well promoting and commercializing the Irish family name to a world brand.  But the “museum” in Dublin was much “more” than what I expected.

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It’s clear that the company invested tons of money building the vast tourist attraction and continues to spend on maintaining the direct-marketing spot but it does come with a hefty entrance fee and a huge gift shop filled with Guinness-branded this and that designed to make you spread the word after you have spent your fortune there.

Below the more peaceful-looking regular brewery section of the property.

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