Tuesday December 10, 2013
Planning to visit Dublin? Here are some sample itineraries you might want to have a look at. To plan ahead.
Or to adjust to your own needs. After all, one person's cultural highlight is another persons pub. Or so. But whatever you do , don't miss out on the highlights. Unless you are a repeat visitor. Which many people tend to become.
So here comes the list of ideas for Dublin in a day, or two, or three:
Monday December 9, 2013
Okay, the best Guinness cakes (which, incidentally, can be made with any stout, but if you use the name, use Guinness) have already been maturing alongside the Christmas pudding for a few weeks. But if you want to bake one for Christmas, it is not too late. So, get together the ingredients as detailed in my time-proven recipe for Guinness Cake. So you can say "My Goodness ..." at the coffee (or tea) table as well.
Friday December 6, 2013
County Kilkenny might not be the first place to look ... if you are searching for a Greek guy who became a bishop in what is known today as Turkey and died 1,670 years ago. But local legend has it that none other than Saint Nicholas is buried there. Or rather re-buried, after an eventful post mortem journey from Myra via Bari and Nice. All courtesy of the de Frainet family. So, on his feast day (December 6th is a big day for children in large parts of continental Europe), let us have a look at Saint Nicholas - the original Santa Claus.
Thursday December 5, 2013
So, there you were, looking at the two doors. One was marked "Fir", yet you are not a tree. the other was marked "Mna". Near enough to "Men", you think. And in expectation of emptying your bladder you enter. Only to be greeted by hysterical shrieks, as several women try to hide their modesty, while others ask you to leave the ladies' toilet in no uncertain terms. Another victim of the Irish language, where "Fir" means "Men" and "Mna" means "Women". Didn't know that? But you should. As it might be helpful to remember the other expressions in our list of Irish words everyone needs.