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Published: June 10th 2012
08/06/2012 No Blog, No Travel, No Nothing.
Do we want to talk about rain. No, trying to forget about it after spending the entire day confined inside the Tandy while the wind blew and the rain thundered down.
Did manage to overuse our 15mb Europe Daily Data allowance from O2 having tethered the mobile phone to the laptop to give me something to do apart from reading. Won’t do that again as received a threatening message from O2 that if we did they would put us on the £5 a day rate instead of current £1.50.
Campsite : Camac Valley - my rating 8.5 / 10.
09/06/2012 Dublin, rain or no rain.
We had decided that whatever the weather we would go into Dublin. Forecast said rain in the morning but fortunately forecast wrong. Grey yes, rain no. We caught the number 69 bus into the city and went via a route “round the houses” and over some mighty speed bumps.
First stop O’Connell street where we had a stroll and took in the sights and a bit of window shopping on Henry Street (we never
actually ‘shop’ when on Tandy trips).
Then we crossed the Liffey, over one of the many bridges, and headed for the old quarter, southwest of the river. We lunched in Cow Lane by a craft market and then visited St Audoen’s Medieval church. From there, via a circuitous route, we found our way to St Patrick’s Cathedral which has wonderful tiled floors and lots of treasures to admire. The Cathedral is a little distant and disconnected from any other areas of interest and we couldn’t really understand its location relative to the rest of the modern city.
By this point we were wondering why Dublin appears to be such a disjointed city with nothing knitted together. Lots of ugly, out of place, pre-cast concrete 1960s building stuck between elegant and ornate Georgian structures and a hotch-potch of building ages and styles seemingly without plan. All dissected by lots of traffic, especially buses, so we seemed to spend a lot of time crossing multi-lane roads at pedestrian lights.
We decided to give the inside of the other Cathedral, Christchurch a miss (not wanting to pay out a second $16 at reduced oap rate). Next
stop was Dublin Castle which is not really a castle at all but a square surrounded by tall elegant buildings housing the state apartments. We visited the Chapel Royal with its ornately carved and highly polished decorations.
Time to head further east and suddenly a vast improvement. First of all the sun came out and the sky turned blue which was pretty wonderful after yesterday. Amazing how much better everything looked warmed up by the sun and under a rather pretty blue sky. Dublin quite literally came out from under a cloud.
Even better was the atmosphere all round the Temple Bar area.
A super area for a stroll, lively, music from every bar, great people watching. Bob eventually succumbed to the temptation of live Irish music and Guinness and we spent an hour in Temple Bar enjoying the music and soaking up the atmosphere.
Next a stroll up to Trinity College where we managed a brief, and therefore reduced price, visit to the fantastic library and the Book of Kells. Absolutely excellent and we enjoyed this part of the city as being far more joined up architecturally than the other areas
we had seen.
Bob then decided he had walked far enough or rather his feet had so we found ourselves a nice restaurant back in Temple Bar where Irish music was playing. Some bars and restaurants we had rejected as too loud and full with the clientele spilling out onto the street. The meal was my deferred birthday dinner and very nice it was too.
We decided that we had walked quite far enough for one day so caught the 8pm bus back to the campsite under a blue sky from which nearly all clouds had disappeared. Long may it last.
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