And Dublin is a lot more than just green!

Well for many  years heard of Dublin  ,in fact used to lived near a neighborhood that was call Dublin for the many Irish immigrants there. Now finally, I made it to Dublin, Ireland. The tourist office is here: http://www.visitdublin.com/home

I came over as usual doing a round trip, flying this time from Rennes St Jacques airport to Paris CDG T2E ,change to T2G for the flight from CDG to Dublin terminal 1. Easy nice connections and good parking at Rennes; if only I arrived very early by 5h15 (5:15am) to open the airport lol! The Rennes airport site is here: http://www.rennes.aeroport.fr/en

And this is Dublin airport site: https://www.dublinairport.com/

Once in Dublin, took the tourist way (not the taxi) but the airlink express bus to city center; 6€ one way or 10€ roundtrip purchase. Easy and convenient as it drops you off in the main areas of Dublin central.  Took bus 747 here is the site and schedule: https://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/74711/

I headed straight to my hotel for check in, this was the historically wonderful The Gresham Hotel at O ‘Connell street; third floor and very nice service indeed.  The site here: https://www.dublinbus.ie/Your-Journey1/Timetables/All-Timetables/74711/

Once in the room, took a right turn out the door to see the city the best way walking both ends of O’Connell St. I went passed the wonderful Ambassador Theatre at Upper O’Connell Street; this is a like a roman amphitheater shape really nice even if no time to see a show, looks promising for next time. Webpage here: http://ambassadordublin.com/

Right pass it you see a wonderful church, Abbey Presbyterian Church at Parnell Square, beautiful architecture indeed and worth a look inside which no time this trip. Webpage is here: http://www.abbeychurch.ie/

I continue my walks , across the hotel almost, you see the General Post Office ; done in 1818, also, the building where the free Irish Republic took HQ here in 1916. It is now a museum post office, more here:  http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/History+and+Heritage/Home/

Up the O’Connell street by the abbey church you have the Garden of Remembrance Irish Freedom park; a lovely place full of history and nice architecture statues; more here: http://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/details/garden-of-remembrance/31215/#53.353936|-6.264127|16

You can see the wonderful Epic Ireland showing the heritage of Ireland for more than 70 million people; a glowing show, and a must to see:  more here: http://epicirelandchq.com/

How about a walk to Temple Bar, well it is more than a bar which it has one, but also a district full of life best at night, just perfect, I could stay here for years!!! Just over the river Liffey passing thru Dublin. See the wonderful Samuel Beckett bridge that can be moved ! or the O’Connell bridge my passing bridge. More on the bridges here: http://www.bridgesofdublin.ie/browse

Of course, I did stop to eat and drink a must in Dublin ::) Look at this friendly bar the Parnell Heritage Pub off the ambassador theatre, and the service and food was great, the best fish and chips I ever had with the Clonmel 1650 Irish lager beer just wonderful for 21€. More on parnell here: http://theparnell.com/

Continue into my walks you see the Spire of Dublin a needle type tower 121 meters high just be ready to bend your head this is high indeed right on O’Connell Street; more on it here: http://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/details/the-spire/31186/#53.350921|-6.260294|16

You see around here the Charles Stewart Parnell statue; he was the leader founder of the Irish Parlamentary party.  A nice place to stop from a historical point of view. More on him and the statue here: http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/an-irishman-s-diary-1.593341

You can see the O’Connell Monument, the memorial toDaniel O’Connell, a 19C nationalist leader of which the main artery street is name after.  See more on him here: http://www.danieloconnells.com/about-daniel-oconnell/

I came across a nice building that is the Gate Theatre, founded in 1928; another wonderful architecturally done place of fun right on by the city center and O’Connell Street and Parnell Square . More on this one here: http://www.gatetheatre.ie/

I did passed by the Dublin Writers museum showcasing the history of Irish great storytellers, a quaint old building that is the perfect place to go in and read books and plays; more here: http://www.visitdublin.com/see-do/details/dublin-writers-museum/31258/#53.354366|-6.263985|16

I ate and drank at the hotel and again came back for drinks at the Parnell Heritage Pub, great place. However, for dinner headed to the Winding Stair resto by the temple bar district. It is, also, kept the tradition of the bookstore it was. Now the restaurant is a lot of fun, great friendly service and good food.  My food here was the McLoughlin’s pressed corned brisket terrine with pickled shallots, capers, dalkey mustard and sourdough toast €12.95 as entrée and the Char-grilled 28 day dry-age Irish beef strip-loin steak with sticky onions, roasted garlic truffle butter and homemade chips €28.00 as main dish. Plenty of Languedoc of France red wine had a bottle as this Domaine de la Provenquiére 2014 Merlot Languedoc 26€: ; with coffee to end it all. Classy place see more of it here:  http://winding-stair.com/about-us/

Of course walking around Temple Bar district, and so many choices, did not go to the Temple Bar bar, as such, here: http://www.thetemplebarpub.com/

I will just have to be back, and soon to Dublin, great trip even if a short one. It’s now on my list of places to visit with the family. Wonderful Dublin. Enjoy it and cheers around Temple Bar.

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