|Facade of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital|
December is a busy month. Shopping for gifts. Planning trips to visit family and friends. Decking the halls. You get the idea. In the midst of all this busyness I went out into the world, and discovered Dublin, Ireland. There is much to love about Dublin - friendly people, lively music, great beer. Here are some of my favorite discoveries in Ireland's capital city.
Red brick buildings
Red brick contrasts with Dublin's ever-changing skies. Wonderful patterns add texture.
|Along Baggot Street|
|Red brick patterns|
Dubliners love to paint their doors bright colors. Some say they do it to find their way home after a long evening in the pub!
|On Pembroke Road|
|Red doors at sunset|
Double-decker public buses
Tall blue and yellow buses run along the thoroughfares of Dublin.
|Dublin city bus|
Dubliners love their tea, much more than coffee. Afternoon tea at the Shelbourne Hotel is a particular treat!
|Get out from the cold and have a cup of tea!|
|Treats from the Lord Mayor’s Lounge|
Live music is everywhere in Dublin - at the pub, in cafes and restaurants, and on the streets. I found jazz, rock, soul, and traditional Irish sounds on the avenues.
|A band on Grafton Street|
Pubs are everywhere too. Ireland may be in a recession, but the pubs are full, and you'll find at least a couple on every block!
|O'Donoghue's on Merrion Row|
And in the pubs there is Guinness - dark, rich, and oh so smooth.
I have no photo for the best discovery of all - the Irish people. If you get the chance, I encourage you to visit Dublin.
Now back to wrapping gifts... Happy Holidays!