the adventure continues:- Lovin’ Dublin! It is beautiful from one day to the next.

I decided that it was time to go for a wander around Dublin and took myself for a stroll from Sandymount where I am staying, through the back streets and head into the centre of this fair city. As I walked I was getting these flashes of song lyrics in my head. As I passed by the old gas works I was hearing “I met my love, by the gas works wall” from the Pogues song Dirty Old Town.

This is the old gas works - now beautiful apartments.
This is the old gas works – now beautiful apartments.
The streets of suburban Dublin.......
The streets of suburban Dublin…….

Moving closer to town I could start to see the architecture start to change. It became more gothic sort of and the magnitude of the structure changed. They just simply got bigger. I could see this structure at the end of the road I was on and it was enormous, I couldn’t get a good shot of it so I didn’t bother, it just wouldn’t do it justice. I found out later it was the Viking Parliament. It was glorious and the size was very much Viking sized.

Dublin's boasts biking as a form of healthy transport.
Dublin’s boasts biking as a form of healthy transport.

I had lunch at The Bank on College Green. Bangers and mash were the order and I didn’t drink because I had to train in the evening. This bar is gorgeous, simply beautiful to walk into and it was originally the old bank, the safe is still down stair and the little museum is a wonderful walk down amnesia lane for those truly interested.

The Bank on College Green.....great vibe and great food.
The Bank on College Green…..great vibe and great food.

I decided to have a wander around after lunch and checked out some of the sites. An old Georgian era church and a really good doddle through the main shopping district. It is all pedestrian access only and packed with avid consumers all vying for space and discounts. It was great to see some of the very talented street performers too. Really inspiring stuff.

Another grey building.
Another grey building.
This is Dublin's shopping district........on a Monday during summer.
This is Dublin’s shopping district……..on a Monday during summer.

Trinity College the famous home of the Book Of Kells. The Book of Kells is an illuminated manuscript Gospel book in Latin, containing the four Gospels of the New Testament together with various prefatory texts and tables. Trinity College is a beautiful old grey building in the centre of Dublin with stunning grounds, monuments and cenotaphs throughout.

The famous Trinity Collage
The famous Trinity Collage
The grounds at Trinity College.
The grounds at Trinity College.
The cenotaph in the grounds of Trinity College.
The cenotaph in the grounds of Trinity College.

There has also been some venturing about in the “Dublin Bush” on da’ weekend. I was taken for a walk around Dalkey Quarry by my friends Lottie and Steve on Sunday afternoon. This is Dublin’s premiere climbing area. Two tiers of granite, three sectors and not a bolt in sight.

Me looking at the possibilities from the top.
Me looking at the possibilities from the top.
The sharp unforgiving rock of Dalkey Quarry.
The sharp unforgiving rock of Dalkey Quarry.

These routes are runout, only protectable with small gear and an occasional big piece. Anchors are the scrub bushes that the locals trust and happily tell you they are bomber. The slabs are unprotect-able and normally top roped. Climbing here is not for the faint hearted and its also pretty cold too. Here are a couple of pics to give some perspective.

A pretty nice looking pice of granite.
A pretty nice looking pice of granite.
This is the large hard wall at Dalkey Quarry.
This is the large hard wall at Dalkey Quarry.
The 10 metre slabby wall at Dalkey Quarry.
The 10 metre slabby wall at Dalkey Quarry.

We then went down to Greystones for lunch and a wander around the new marina. A lovely day out all in all and very much worth the drive. You can also catch the DART down to Bray as well and its a very scenic trip apparently.

The view from the top. Right the way back to Dublin town.
The view from the top. Right the way back to Dublin town.
A beautiful meadow at the top of the lookout.
A beautiful meadow at the top of the lookout.
Just a nice walk around on a Sunday.
Just a nice walk around on a Sunday.
I just love the level of rebellion in Greystones.
I just love the level of rebellion in Greystones.

I’m off to the cafe now to start  reading “The Little Prince”. This book was a recommendation from Grace and her daughter Alex when we were in Kalymnos in May – June this year. Lottie and Steve just happen to have a copy of it and its cold rainy day in Dublin town today. What better way to spend it…………………… 🙂

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