Friday, July 4, 2014

#654 Dublin, Ireland

The Spire of Dublin, officially known as the
"Monument of Light".
Walkable, pretty, clean, modern, connected, historic -- fantastic! Big enough to be interesting and have more than one downtown area, but small enough to get around easily and to know it intimately.

It has an amazing university (Trinity College, part of the University of Dublin), a busy main avenue (O'Connell Street), along with the pedestrianized-for-shopping Henry and Grafton Streets, Liffey riverside wanders, the Temple Bar touristy/nightlife area, shows like Riverdance, Dublin Castle and live music that rivals anywhere.
I love the story of Ha'penny Bridge, a small pedestrian-only bridge in the middle of Dublin where the owner charged a ha'penny to cross between 1819 and 1919 as an alternative to ferry crossings.
Trinity College - home of the famous Book of Kells, a circa 800 A.D. illuminated manuscript.
Art market around St. Stephen's Green
The doors of Dublin!!! I could make an enormous collage for all the door photos I took, and the closeups of door knockers. The colors varied but the style didn't change enormously. They are just one of the charming architectural features seen while wandering the streets!
Henry Street
Dublin Castle - dating from 1204 it was the seat of the British government in Ireland until 1922.
Temple Bar was not subject to Georgian reconstruction and thus retains much of its medieval character
Dublin only became Irelands premier city after the Norman Invasion, although it has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Its name means 'Black Pool' (Dubhlinn), and in modern Irish it is known as Baile Átha Cliath, which means town of the hurdled ford. It was briefly Scandinavian, Viking, Norman, and of course, for much longer, British. Economic strengths have included transport and shipbuilding, the linen cloth industry and of course Guinness since 1759.
O'Connell Street has several large theatres and most of the bus routes end here.

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