So, after our fun with the English gents a week ago, let's see more of Dublin! I've already shown you Christ Church Cathedral and Irish Beer and Mrs. Brown.
You can't possibly talk about Ireland without showing the colorful store/bar fronts.
Or the doors!
When I was there in 1998, I bought a poster of The Doors of Ireland!
And what about the windows?!
And the signs!
I especially loved the Gaelic added to signs.
I wanted to learn the language on the spot!
You know me and architecture....
Why not make it come alive with artful graffiti!
One could spend a lifetime just phtographing graffiti, I'm sure.
Don't you love it when it says something profound!
Sometimes the art is under your feet.
Hundreds of people walk over these "artifacts" every day.
If you don't pay attention, you miss them and walk right on by.
I wonder how many I missed?
But how could you possibly miss the school girls?!
I'd love to chat with them for an hour or two and learn about their school life.
You can't talk about Ireland without mentioning St. Patrick, of course.
Don't you love that he banished all the snakes, chasing them into the sea!
Then there's Molly Malone, too (top left). In Ireland, June 13 is Molly Malone day...my birthday!
The song about her is supposedly best sung by The Dubliners here.
Cockles and mussels in Dublin's fair city!
And that Spire of Dublin, btw, is 398 ft. high, Dublin's Monument of Light.
Irish friend Catherine, who once lived in Dublin, was our guide.
When she took us inside the Post Office, we got our history lesson about the Easter Rising rebellion of 1916. Seven members of the Military Council organized it and were holed up here for 6 days.
All 7 were executed but the movement towards Irish independence was achieved.
We were in and out of restaurants/cafés throughout my three days.
How can you say NO to that!
Impressions. Impressions. Impressions.
I'm saving the best for last: Trinity College and the Book of Kells
...to be continued...
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Totally unrelated, today is my turn at Vision and Verb about Manipulation as Art:
(from the subway in Budapest, Hungary)