A long walking tour of Dublin

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Before dinner yesterday, I walked to Merrion Square and walked the grounds.  The sun made an appearance and it was lovely.  Dublin is full of public art, mostly sculpture, but I’ve seen a fair number of murals and graffiti as well.  The squares are full of memorial sculptures.  The chair below is a memorial to a famous Irish writer, Dermot (with a last name I can’t recall off the top of my head).

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Back towards the hotel, I took a good look at the lamp posts on Merrion Street and was charmed at what I found.

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An advertisement for a bar caught my eye.

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This morning, I overslept.  This ended up ok because nothing really opens until noon.  I left the hotel at 11:15 and walked an almost straight line path to the back side of Dublin Castle, which I learned wasn’t open due to Ireland having the Presidency of the EU this year.  I wandered the grounds and the garden at the site of the famous Black Pool for which Dublin is named.  Apparently, it’s been filled in and now is the site of a beautiful garden with herbs, roses, agapanthus and a number of other plants I couldn’t identify.  From inside the garden, you can see the Royal Chapel and Tower, which was part of the original Viking castle.

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I got some passing Iowans to take a picture of me there in the gardens in the midst of the former Black Pool.Black_pool_garden

I wandered around the Royal Chapel (right of the Tower in the background above) and onto Lord Edward Street where I saw another Arlington Hotel, this one with the Temple Bar instead of the Night Bar.  I dropped in for a lunch of Lamb Stew which was delicious and perfect for the chilly, wet weather. 

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It really was this empty when I wandered in around 1pm, but it quickly filled up. As I was walking back up Lord Edward Street, I glanced back and this street art caught my eye, just across from City Hall and Dublin Castle.

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After lunch, I decided to walk a round about way to my next destination – St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Center.  I walked through Temple Bar, taking a round about, meandering way through the back streets.

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I ducked into another pub, the Auld Bar, to listen to some live music, for a couple of songs.  After continuing on my way, I found a misplaced creature – a cross between an ape and a Leprechaun!

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I came out just north of Trinity College and wandered around trying to find the spot where I’m meeting my tour on Friday.  I stopped in at Starbucks on Grafton Street to get some hot tea.  The cold and damp was a bit overpowering.  At last, I made it to St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Center where I got gifts for the family and a few friends.

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Back through St. Stephen’s Green to the hotel, where I’m about to start my work week.

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