Thursday December 12, 2013
Dublin has been acclaimed as a city of literature many times - though some of her most famous writers made haste to leave Ireland's capital far behind them. The name James Joyce springs to mind. And, during recent years, a number of well-respected and long-established bookshops in the city folded up as well.
But Dublin still has a lot to offer to the literati. From priceless manuscripts (some housed in the Trinity College Library, pictured here) to bargain prices and street poetry ... here are some hints for book-lovers visiting Dublin.
Wednesday December 11, 2013
Seeing Dublin is (fairly) easy - from O'Connell Bridge or Ha'penny Bridge, from the top of a double-decker bus, from the inside of a pub. But how about .. from one of the better lookouts in or over Dublin? Not all are radically dramatic, but they will show you more than the "obvious" street-level vistas.
And some are within sight of each other ... light the lighthouse on the South Wall on the left, which is passed by the ferries heading into Dublin Port. Both offering a very panoramic view. unless the fog is in.
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.