Top 5 Things We Liked about Dublin

We had only a brief time in Dublin but there were several things we really enjoyed about our short time there.  Upon reflection, these are the things we liked most: Live music and the Pubs.  Nearly immediately, we embraced the pub culture.  There are so many in Temple Bar, where we stayed, and outside.  The live music is everywhere, from the pubs to the squares to Grafton Street and these musicians are no joke.  Whether they are playing traditional Irish songs, bagpipes, guitars or mandolins or more contemporary tunes the music is everywhere and great to listen to while walking about…

Dublin Ireland on a Saturday

After a rousing welcome to the Emerald Isle we spent our first full day in Dublin touring several of the sights in north Dublin and along the River Liffey. We are big Rick Steves fans and his Snapshot Dublin book was in our Airbnb and is great. This place is not all pubs and Guinness, laddies. We started at the weekly farmers’ market in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Square, just steps from our accommodations. We breakfasted on crepes and purchased Irish cheeses and Irish wine (yes, wine from Ireland, and better than expected) for our afternoon snack.  The market is held…

Pubbing in Dublin on De hAoine

We arrived for a long weekend and, as is our custom, began to embrace the local culture. Which, in this case, meant strolling to the pub for a cocktail. While that concept is foreign to us, we made do. We began by checking in to see if the owners (aka Bono, the Edge, et al) were in at the Octagon Bar at the Clarence Hotel in Temple Bar. They weren’t but we did procure a proper vodka martini. Despite U2’s disrespect for our patronage, we made do and stayed for a second cocktail. We then wandered about and settled upon…