Irish Impressions


As I had to stay in Dublin last Monday we decided to add some days before and enjoy old places… The weather was great as was the craig – so we had a wonderful time.

Back in the good old St. Helens hotel – very old, very stylish, very Irish – charming… Smiley

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Nearly blowing the ball away Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Refilling before the trip

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Dun Laoghaire coastline – the funny thing was that we met a family from Burgos (Spain) there as loads of Spanish people started to work in Ireland

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Look towards Martello tower (James Joyce’s Ulysses plays exactly there)

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Loads of jellyfish – climate is changing for sure

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Low tide – old memories

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the metal urchin

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it’s alive…

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Then in Bray (some 20 km down the coast) the locals congregate for the annual 1 mile swim in the open sea

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And we were heading for our music venue of choice – Mermaid. If you ever have a chance to be there – go! It’s and art centre with some of the best quality music you will get in Ireland

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We enjoyed a wonderful evening with mixed Irish / African tunes.

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For sure he is deeply immersed into the music

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The next day we made an excursion towards Wicklow Mountains – one of the most loved areas in Ireland (for us).

The heather was blooming so it looked totally unknown

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Whole hillsides in bloom

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the entire backdrop of the valley

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Covering the slopes

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and some beautiful rock formation

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Catalunya is everywhere Zwinkerndes Smiley

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we always called this wall the dragon’s tail

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Yes, you are in Ireland…

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And no – sheep don’t like intruders Zwinkerndes Smiley

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The beauty of the area is outstanding

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Especially at this time of the year

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just enjoy…

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seems endless

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That’s the plant Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Who says the Irish have no passion? Even strawberry… Smiley

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Heather & mountains…

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Afterwards we were heading for Glendalough – an old monastic site from the 8th century. What we didn’t expect where the 1,000,000 (at least it felt like) other people who had the same idea…

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Usually it is a rather peaceful place with just the occasional visitor Zwinkerndes Smiley

The typical Irish tall house and a complete church from the 8th century

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At the upper lake a small river emerges which usually is very pretty – especially now with the falling leaves DSCF9448

The upper lake

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and the northern end of it

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Strange – they have been here as well… Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Old lead mines

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new mining – the tourist way…

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The same river – just much lower down the valley…

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the old graveyard of Glendalough – nowadays only for very, very famous people of ones who really lived there…

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These Irish – no straight line… Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Heading towards the hotel we stopped in Dun Laoghaire harbour to walk down the pier

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Dublin in the background

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Heading home…

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Beautiful sight

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An English beer… Quite interesting taste… Yet the worst was the can Smiley

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Sunday we decided to take a stroll down in Wexford where there are endless beaches…

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As we still had a beer left (and very spicy and heavy Indian food before…) and drinking is not allowed in public places – that’s your solution… In the dunes Zwinkerndes Smiley

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No, not Spain – sun yes, warmth moderate… 17° + chilly wind

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They must have had a crab buffet on a cruiser…

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All empty

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A very big buffet…

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After coming back we decided to have a final pint in Bray

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in our former “standard” pub – the Martello

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Blissful waiting for the Guinness…

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Our independent buffet – who wants to go to restaurants every night…

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The hotel at night

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Monday after my appointment and before the flight we made it to Howth (North Dublin) for a pick nick at the pier

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The eye of Ireland

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the view

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The cliff of Howth

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Summer bloom

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Very lush

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and again magnificent rocks

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Farewell Dublin…

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