In Dublin's Fair City!
I remember my Mum singing a few songs to me when I was a little girl. Scarlet Ribbons.There is a Green Hill Far Away and Molly Malone.
I have always loved singing, and sang to my three and all the "littlies" in my care.
Molly Malone --- It was strange to hear her described in Dublin this week as "The Tart with the Cart!!!"
Said, to be fair with a very genuine accent and a great deal of fondness. She is the most photographed statue in Ireland and I was in the queue!
For the first time ever we decided to take a trip on an open top Tourist Bus -- even the "Sporty One "was keen. I think it had more to do with the fact that it was absolutely freezing and we were getting miserable walking around and trying to work out which buildings were which in the Guide Book.But I think we are converted. All the sights ticked off with a little bit of information and a touch of the "Blarney" thrown in for good measure.
The Spire--Known locally as the spike! It stands 120 metres tall. It was commissioned as part of the Millennium project for Dublin.
The General Post Office.
A very significant building in the history of modern Ireland The GPO was the main stronghold during the Easter Rising of 1916. The bullet holes are easily seen on its wonderful facade.
Testament to the struggles for independence.
And statues remembering the Irish Volunteers.
That beautiful blue sky does not represent the temperatures!!
We visited Trinity College - the oldest University in Ireland
Of course a little bit of the Arts!
James Joyce and the charming love story between him and the Chambermaid Miss Barnacle!
I love cities with Rivers running through them. Just wandering beside water is so peaceful when everything is so busy so we did a bit of strolling by the Liffey and Temple Bar.
Googled the word craic which they says explains their happy nature- Craic or crack is a term for fun, entertainment, and enjoyable conversation, particularly prominent in Ireland
We had a bit to eat looking out over the rooftops of Grafton Street -- shopping was soooo expensive!
And I loved the Georgian houses and their beautiful doors!
The most visited attraction in Ireland is "The Storehouse" The home of Guinness- Well the bus stopped right outside the door and it would have been very rude not to take a wander inside!
So all that done we really got down to the purpose of the trip -- My absolute love of Mr Rod Stewart. Before Christmas a special friend bought me his new Soul Book Cd and Dublin was the only place we could see him on this tour of 2010 and it was worth every penny -- the best yet!!
Just time for a quiet meal on our last night and now I am tucking away some very happy memories of a very lovely trip to the Fair City Of Dublin indeed!