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November 15, 2013

Halloween and Dublin and all that

I sort of completely and totally missed posting anything about Halloween here. It's one of my most favourite holidays, and yet, not a peep over here in the blog! This is mostly because we spent Halloween in Baile Átha Cliath, or as it's known in English, Dublin. :)

River Liffey and Halfpenny Bridge

street art
(You can see all of my Dublin pictures over on Flickr, and to get there just click one of the photos on this post.)

It was a really, really great trip, even if the weather was exactly as rainy and wet as expected. I spent my days wondering around the city, seeing the sights, trying to keep dry during rain showers and of course, eating a whole lot of really yummy food, including full Irish breakfast (Black Pudding and all!), bangers & mash and lots of proper fish & chips!

Full Irish Breakfast

First fish & chips

Tea and cakes at Peacock Green

Dublin is a wonderful city, so full of history and stories and lovely old nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered. One of my most favourite places was The Long Room at Trinity Collage, which was quite literally breathtaking!

The Long Room

Books, books, books as far as the eye can see!

I really enjoyed Trinity Collage itself too, with it's mix of very old, just plain old and new buildings and was also awed by The Book of Kells, which is housed at Trinity.
While there, I also popped by Trinity's art gallery, to look at their little exhibition of ema, small wooden votive plaques on which Japanese Shinto worshippers inscribe their wishes or prayers, and a bigger exhibition of Francis Upritchard's haunting, beautiful sculptures, which you can also have a look at, on the Douglas Hyde Gallery's page on the exhibit.

The Bell Tower

old and new

Despite the rainy weather, I also spent time rambling around Merroin Square park and St. Stephen's Green, which were both lovely and lush and green, even though Autumn is very much edging towards Winter now.
In Merrion Square park I popped by and said hello to Oscar Wilde on the rock.

Oscar Wilde

And in St. Stephen's Green I snapped photos, admired all the numerous birds fluttering about there, from pigeons and ducks to seagulls, swans and even a heron, strolled around the little treelined paths and then took shelter from the rain with a handful of other tourists (Bonjour! to the group of French tourist there, I hope the photo I took of you turned out well!) in a gazebo by the park's lake for a while.

St. Stephen's Green Park

Pigeon by the water

swanning around

We didn't really do anything special on Halloween night, besides plod around the city for a bit, ate tea at Burdock's, a very famous old chippy and ate delicious fish & chips outside with our feet wet from the rain and then we made our way back to our hotel through Halloween costumed crowds.
Even though we didn't really take time out to celebrate Halloween during our trip, Dublin sure provided lots of spooky sights thanks to it's many eerie old buildings and dark little streets.

River Dodder

spooky old building

I hope all of you had a horrifically happy Halloween where ever you spent it, and that your November has gotten off to a great start! :)

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