Thursday, June 11, 2015

Around Dublin

Top of the mornin to you!
Our first view of Ireland was from our plane as we descended.  Being a quilter , I was immediately struck by the patchwork patterns of green.  We landed and got our rental car, oh dear Lord help us navigate the narrow streets.  Having never been to Europe before, we had no idea the streets were more like one way than for two cars. No wonder they all drive tiny cars.  We managed to drive around in circles looking for our hotel and were thankful we got the Garmin.  WE loved seeing the row houses; we've seen many in the states, but none as charming as here.  We finally found our hotel and dropped our bags off before heading out for a walk.  It was only 9:30 a.m. but felt like late afternoon; the weather was wonderful and although cool for Colorado we found that the 60 degree day was quite warm.  Our first stop was the National Museum of Ireland; it had so many wonderful exhibits and we enjoyed the clothing exhibit dating from the 1700's-current day.  No cameras were allowed inside.   We loved the architecture.  We also saw a furniture exhibit that was interesting.

 After this, we headed to Jameson Irish Whisky distillery.  It was quite interesting and I loved our tour gal.  Another wonderful thing we've noticed is how many people speak Gaelic.  I did find out that certain words that I have always pronounced a certain way from childhood is because of my heritage.  One example is saying Fer instead of saying For, another is saying Ya, instead of Yes.
 We loved seeing the butcher shops along the streets.

 Colorful doors line the rows of homes.  We returned to the hotel and had a salad for lunch and then took a rest.  About two hours later, we went out for another walk.

I still have more photos to share and will do so this evening. We had a great sleep and a nice breakfast, so are now leaving Dublin and heading south. I can only hope the roads are not as busy! We will check out my first quilt store this morning. I hope you are having a great day!
I wish I spoke Gaelic; I'm hoping that my grandparents gift will flow from my mouth the longer we are here.  No, I'm not sipping any Irish whisky!
TTFN~
Noreen

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are having a good time! Enjoy!!

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  2. Hello in Ireland! Wow couldn't believe all you had done before lunch! lol How fun for you....ENJOY your day! yikes, the roads sound scary!

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  3. Great to hear from you and see you have discovered Dublin:) Enjoy - it must be so beautiful there!

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  4. We heard that was a great place to visit
    Lily & Edward

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  5. It is all so exciting. You will never forget this trip! I really love the photos.

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  6. Glad your adventure is off to a fun start! I'll look forward to reading more about it!!

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  7. What fun you must be having!!!! Love seeing your pics!!
    XO Kris

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