Saturday, July 6, 2013

June 27, 2013 through July 2, 2013 Dublin, Ireland Apologies to our Irish Friends but Dublin Was Our Least Favorite City

June 27, 2013 through July 2, 2013 Dublin, Ireland
Apologies to our Irish Friends but Dublin Was Our Least Favorite City

We were in Dublin, Ireland, from July 27, 2013 until we flew back to the states on July 2. We were sadly disappointed in what we thought would be the fair city of Dublin.  On arrival in Edinburgh, we went wow!  We looked for the wow factor in Dublin, and it’s just another city.  We’ve took the hop-on, hop-off tour through the town; went to the Guinness experience, toured the jail, and saw Riverdance.  They were great, but Dublin overall is not on the level of other European cities.  The Temple bar area was fun, but it sure kept us up all night. We went during the day for lunch at The Temple Bar which offered 99 sandwiches and great Irish music.

Our Dublin hotel was the poorest of the 16 hotels/apartments we’ve stayed at.  The room was nice, but in order to get any ventilation, all the windows had to be opened which meant that all night long we heard sea gulls and bar noise.  Not conducive to sleeping well.  Breakfast has been the most meager of any we’ve had.  Even the one-lady owner hotel in Bruges produced more of a variety of food.  It was interesting to ask one of the ladies if she was related to another lady in the breakfast room who looked remarkably like her, and she told us that they were sisters and her Mom had had 22 children. 

We saved all our shopping for Dublin and except for great Guinness souvenirs, we didn’t find much  worth buying.  We admit to having been at the end of our stamina and ready to come home, but we were pretty tired in Edinburgh, and we still loved it.  We took a tour out to the Irish countryside – to the coast and to Powerscourt Gardens.  They were very pretty, but the coast reminded us of California and the gardens reminded us of the Mirabelle Gardens in Salzburg, so we didn’t find anything unique about either of them.  I think that if we had gone to Ireland first, we would have marveled at how wonderful everything was, but since it was our last stop, it didn’t impress us at all.  And yet we were so impressed by Edinburgh and London even though I was very sick in London. 

Two items of note that we loved:  Europe’s squares and shopping streets are full of living statues.  I have already posted a couple of them from Barcelona.  But the best one we have ever seen was one with six guys and a dog on Grafton Street in Dublin.  In addition to that, there are street musicians everywhere in Europe, but this teenage orchestra, playing traditional Irish instruments really impressed us.

Enjoying Guinness at the Gravity Bar on the top of Guinness Storehouse Experience

The Best Living Statue in All of our European Experience

Actual Statue of the Famous Molly Malone - in Dublin, one
of her nicknames is the Tart with the Cart

Powerscourt Gardens Outside of Dublin

Kilmainhaim Gaol - Executions of Rebellion Leaders
turned an unsympathetic population into supporters of the
Irish Revolution.

The Temple Bar in Temple Bar - home of 99 sandwiches

Teen Orchestra on Grafton Street in Dublin - Note
traditional Irish instruments

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