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.

The Winding Stair

 





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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The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel of Dublin

24 05 2015

But why, it’s very elegant.

The U2 hotel

The U2 hotel

Very close to my apartment, went in for a late lunch/little snack.

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Aptly named the “Octagon Bar”

Kilkenny on tap

Smithwick’s on tap

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“Home-cut” fries. Very good.

The Clarence Hotel





Dublin Docklands

23 05 2015

I did not plan to go to the Docklands area of Dublin during my stay in the Irish capitol on the Sunday that I was there.  My intention was to visit Howth for its Sunday market.  Upon arriving at the DART Connolly Station, I was told at the ticket office that the service to Howth on that day was being suspended.  I knew there was a bus that went there so decided to try that route only to discover that I did not have the exact change (and my paper money was too big) to get on the bus. Alas.  Just scrapped the idea and decided to walk around in the neighborhood which turned out to be quite pleasant its having been a beautiful Sunday.

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Arriving at the Connolly Station on foot. Was a good half-an-hour walk from my apartment.

 

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No trains my way. 😦

 

The Custom House

The Custom House

The Custom House

The Custom House

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Seán O'Casey Bridge

Seán O’Casey Bridge from north of the Liffey

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Seán O’Casey Bridge from south of the Liffey

 

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Samuel Beckett Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Amen

Amen

 





St. Patrick’s Cathedral

20 05 2015

So the St. Patrick’s Day parade has become somewhat popular in Tokyo and in other parts of Japan in the recent years.  But not many of us know about St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

Even as the largest church in Ireland according to the above link, I found it quite charming and not too intimidating, perhaps because of the “Swift” reference who we all know even in Japan as being the author of the so-called Gulliver’s Travels.

Some scenes from the cathedral.

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The cathedral choir was practicing when I visited and they were very good with a highly enthusiastic priest director.








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