Thursday, June 24, 2004

Sightseeing in Dublin

The next morning I awoke to find that Joe had found his way home.  Hurray!  We got ourselves together and visited the restaurant for the celebrated Irish breakfast.  It was overwhelming wonderful, as always.  It begins with cereal, toast, fruit,  juice and yogurt.  Then you advance to the buffet for eggs, sausage, bacon (that is nothing like our whimpy substitute), black/blood pudding, potatoes, more fruit, more toast, and scones.  Finished off with the most delicious coffee I have ever guzzled, I mean swallowed.

Off to see the sights. From the top left, clock wise....foot bridge over the River Liffey and the wonderful boardwalk that runs next to parts of the river.  Early morning shot on a beautiful day.

A child feeding the pigeons in St. Stephens Green, the most beautiful and manicured public garden nestled close to Trinity College.  The garden has a enclosed area for a childrens playground, many sculptures and fountains.  A delightful refuge from the noisy Dublin traffic.

Cobblestone street around  the Temple Bar area awash in the soft morning light.

Trinity College where we took a walking tour of the college.  We were suppose to sign up to take a walking tour of Dublin, but somehow we got mixed up and did not realize it until too late!  The tour was well worth the hour we spent learning the history of the  Protestant college, begun in the early 1500's.  Our tour guide was a professor and a student at the illustrious institution.  He had excellent dry wit and a droll delivery that kept Joe and I in stiches.

The famous Central Bank is situated in an area that is  very limited for  parking...virtually non-existent.  This dapper gent  in top hat and tails makes sure that everyone is in the right spot at the right time. I could never seem to get a picture of his front!

Elvis lives and he is on the streets of Dublin.  I spotted him numerous times, usually in upper windows gazing down on the bustling streets.

14 comments:

deabvt said...

Yea!  More Pics!
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judithheartsong said...

I read something in a brochure for the Washington School of Photography that made me think of your beautiful photographs last night (no kidding) and I needed to write it down for you.
"....... capture elusive 'iconic' images rather than the cliched postcard views, as well as portraits full of character that reflect the spirit and culture of any place, whether far away and exotic or familiar and close to home........."
THIS is what your photographs do for me. They aren't the pictures everybody else would take, they are little pieces of art that you saw and captured. Thank you for sharing! judi

mlraminiak said...

I just LOVE those cobblestone streets!  Lisa :-]

mrccgoody said...

So THAT'S where Elvis went!

krobbie67 said...

Wow! That's a breakfast! Great pics. It makes the place look so peaceful.
:-) ---Robbie

txsguinan said...

I fell in love with Trinity College; that's my idea of what 'going to university' ought to be.  I hope you got to see the Book of Kells while you were there(?)    And oh!...those fabulous Irish breakfasts...(sigh)  You're making me very hungry... :)  

princessatx44 said...

That have must've been so cool...You really saw Elvis....I saw Elvis too in GraceLand...IN the Upstairs...I was him and his Hand...I don't think anyone else saw him...But i know I saw him..That must of been so cool seeing him!

colamink said...

I knew Elvis was alive and well, but not in Dublin. Go Figure!
I always thought there was something weird about the photo of him in a casket.   He appeared younger and slimmer. Which is impossible since he was older and overweight before his demise.

teacup9876 said...

I hope ur kidding whn u say u saw Elvis?  

rrveh1 said...

Congratulations!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip!!

kirkrebel said...

I don't believe Elvis is still alive. I mean if you saw him why did'nt you take pictures of him. I would love to see a duppy (dead man) staring out the window.
haha

dejaturners said...

your pictures were wonderful im not a big elvis fan but if u believe you saw him well then u saw him and i hear a lot of people say they dont believe elvis is dead

jmslvsfb said...

i want u to prove it elvis is DEAD you did not see him

swtcrmlbby026 said...

I think Elvis is dead, gone, bye bye. Hes not coming back so just get over it.  Many people like him and many peopel wish he was still here but hes not.