Thursday, October 4, 2012

A Room with a View - Dublin, Ireland

"A Room with a View: Yellow Doors"
Dublin, Ireland
3" x 5" Watercolor
Dublin has many lovely townhomes and we stayed in small Kilronan Guest House, not far from St. Stephens Green, made up of two townhouses. The view was of the Georgian townhouses across the street. One saw the individuality in the colors of the doors and the front yard uses -- a bicycle, a motor scooter, children's play equipment... I found myself imagining daily life among the townhome families.
We serendipitously landed amidst the best weather they've had all summer - cool and sunny for a couple days. Then we had some rain, a constant feature of this trip to the isles in September. We Californians find few places to visit with weather as good as ours. 
Visiting St. Stephens Green
We adjusted to an 8-hour time difference on the Hop On, Hop Off bus. Bob was on a mission to taste the whiskeys (Irish) and whiskys (Scottish) and the local beers. Jamieson and Guinness made the cut. Another day we enjoyed traditional music in a pub in the Temple Bar section, and we did a lot of walking around the Green, their beautiful pedestrian shopping street, Grafton, where we watched very talented street performers on Saturday night, and attended Even Song at St. Patrick's Cathedral (Episcopalian; there is no Catholic cathedral in Dublin in this most Catholic of Republics). If you enjoy attending church services, Even Song is a great way to go. The churches that often charge tourists, are open to attendees only during the services for no fee, though we make a contribution, and the music is beautiful. We were treated to children's choir.
We made our exit plans, booking train tickets to Tralee where we would board the bus for Dingle.


Barbra Joan said...

Mary, your off !! and walking!
Have a great time..
I've been AWOL for a while but on my way back...
hugs to you ... Barbra Joan

Christiane Kingsley said...

This brings back good memories of our trip to Ireland about 5 years ago. Your B&B seems quite nice...and I love your sketch. Welcome back.

hw (hallie) farber said...

You were missed, Mary. This is charming, and yesterday's was one of your best.

CrimsonLeaves said...

Oh what a lovely guest house. I'm dying to see inside! Your trip sounds so wonderful, Mary.