Friday, June 17, 2022

Time in Ireland…

 It was just a month ago that my travels gave me a brief time in Dublin, Ireland.  As I have Irish ancestry, I was really interested in spending a little time there.

As I scroll through the pictures, I notice that the first one is the only one out of the desired order!  That’s great success!  

We wanted to tour Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin.  It was a disappointment when we were greeted with this notice when we arrived.  This presented a problem as we had an appointment for the COVID test that was required of all travelers entering the United States. 
This is my first view of Ireland from the plane.
We flew via Aer Lingus from London’s Heathrow Airport.  This is how they expressed their appreciation. 
The view of our hotel in Dublin…The Gresham.
This was glass suspended from the ceiling in the lobby! 
Also lobby decor…
The view from the window in our room…
We walked just down the street for fish and chips which we ate outside .
On Tuesday, as we walked around Dublin.
This is just a bit out of order.  It’s location is outside Christ Church.
We passed City Hall…
…and we noticed this information on the wall of a building as we were walking.
Christ Church Cathedral…
Another view…
As we were standing outside trying to decide how to proceed since the information was posted about a later opening time, suddenly the door opened, and visitors were welcomed inside!  The above photo, and the ones that follow, are from our tour of the inside of Christ Church Cathedral.

It was an experience to be able to walk through all this history!
After we had those COVID tests (results negative, by the way), we chose to have lunch here.  As you can see by the sign, it is believed this is Ireland’s oldest pub.
The menu had many appealing entries.
I chose Irish Stew, and it was delicious!
Part of the decor at Brazen Head…
Wherever you need to go, you can be sure you’re able to get there from Brazen Head Pub!

Bunting inside the pub…
A telephone booth as decor in the pub.

Our outing was curtailed by the arrival of some rather steady rainfall on this day.  Another post will feature what we attempted following the rain.

While I took many, many pictures, there are scenes that I didn’t even think to photograph!  Pictures help to remember, though they don’t replace the amazing opportunity of being there in person!

Do you have any special weekend plans?  We’re still in the midst of +100 heat index days, and we’re focusing on staying cool!  Take care!


  1. Oh, Sister!!! What an amazing time you and my niece had!! Ireland is one place I'd like to visit, too, mainly because of our Irish heritage. That cathedral is a real work of art! I love the stained glass windows and other decor that's been so meticulously cared for. I'm sure you both enjoyed the foods you tried, and there were some that made you want more! Thank you for all these marvelous pictures, and for including us in your trip vicariously. Love you!

  2. Ireland is a such a beautiful place. We were lucky to visit there and had a walking holiday. We walked the Ring of Kerry.

  3. I'm glad you got to tour the cathedral. When my daughter made some of her first trips to Europe, she wanted to visit certain places so she could see the altar art. She took some art history classes in college and enjoyed them. It's horribly hot. We have a heat advisory every day.


  4. Hi Nellie, thanks for visiting my blog and your comment.
    There's so much history in your trip and you're right, taking photos is a good way to keep the memory alive.

    I visited Scotland and had personal grand tours by my daughter and we visited lots of interesting places, museums and there's so much history and lovely buildings and architecture. I'm so glad that we took so many pictures. It's a beautiful part of the world, different than ours because of the history and landscape.
    I'm glad that you enjoyed the trip but it's always nice returning home.
    Hugs, Julia

  5. Yes, everything is alright with me. My son had some classes to sign up for, so we took a road trip together. I don't mind highways, but I don't do well on the freeways, so it was a hard drive for me.

    Now, for this wonderful post! What a fantastic trip you had in Ireland. The fish and chips sound delicious, and the Irish stew sounds amazing. I'd love to try that. Wow, you went to Ireland's oldest pub. I like that telephone booth inside the pub. The old Catholic churches are beautiful, and they have much history behind them. My daughters always try to attend Mass at the Cathedrals wherever they are in their travels. What an awesome trip you had, Nellie, and you saw so many historic sites. You will always have great memories of this special time spent in Ireland. You know, my kids are part Irish on their father's side. : )


    *I'm glad to hear you both didn't have the virus.

  6. I love Ireland! I've visited a few times and felt my half Irish genes were so happy! ;)