Both Kathleen and Steve
got some kind of stomach ailment, likely a norovirus. We got an
extremely late start and even
then things were slow and lethargic. The truth is
that we had been on the go constantly since we arrived
in the UK and had not had a single down day.
Perhaps the pace was catching up to us. But,
after noon we got our act together and took a cab to the Temple Bar
area of Dublin to have a look around.
The photos below are what we saw.
Leaving the hotel you have
to go through the lobby and one cannot help but wonder at the
roots of the old building started in 1172.
The refurbished fireplace
is really spectacular.
There was a suit of armor
that was displayed in the lobby, but it was recently
made. I doubt that pop rivets were used in the Middle
The old tower and the
newer enhancements combined make an imposing structure.
The taxi dropped us off
outside of a bank to exchange our Pounds Stirling for
Euros. The street was busy with pedestrians and a heavy
flow of traffic.
The bank was across the
square from Trinity College, Ireland's premier institute of
higher learning, comparable to Harvard or Yale.
The downtown Westin Hotel
faded into the local architectural scheme.
This area of town, Temple
Bar, has tight cobblestone streets.
We hiked to the river to
see some of the bridges.
Turning the opposite
direction, we could see weather would be upon us soon.
Indeed, we had to step into a pub to avoid the rain. And
while there, might as well have some Jameson 12 year just to
pass the time.
This photo is for my
friend Richard. This camo BMW looks ready to take on the Dakar or Baja.
This is a bridge
maintenance barge with a cute crawler-based man-lift to
provide access to the underside of the bridges.
Several of the bridges
were very nice. This one is pedestrian only.
More weather was coming
and the rain would be upon us in minutes.
We found the actual Temple
Bar and ended up seeking shelter from the rain.
When the rain stopped we
continued on to Dublin Castle.
The castle contains the
state apartments and the surrounding buildings were courts and
A very nice statue above
the entry way.
The buildings were quite
ornate. I was hungry, so we ducked into a French cafe
that was nearby and had a tasty lunch of Sea Breem filet.
Outside of the castle were
some nice anthuriums.
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