Thursday, June 21, 2012

Dublin Building Art

                                                           BUILDING "R"

                                                      GOOD IMP, BAD IMP


                                                               SKELETON FRESH

                                                              VIKING IRELAND

                                                        CELTIC TIGER PRAWN SOUP

Street art, in all of its forms..,those of you who have visited the Tavern before know that I have a special affinity for street art.  It is the art of the people, acessable to all. Unlike the artwork found in museums, galleries, and private homes, however,  it is more tranistory in nature. Sometime, perhaps in the not too distant future, it may be eliminated by building owners or the city.  Over a longer period of time, it will fade away because of the natural elements.  From the perspective of one who loves both photography and history, I feel that these pieces of art should be preserved, and aim my camera lens in their direction.

Dulin's street art is almost as prolific as Philadelphia's, the city where I discoved the most and varied street art in my travels.  It was difficult to select a limited number of examples for this blog, but I did try to come up with a sample.  I'll try to explain why I chose these particular pieces::

Celtic Tiger Prawn Soup- The Celtic Tiger referred to Ireland during the hight of the economic boom

Viking Ireland- On a boat tour on the Liffey, I learned that the Vikings named the city.

Skeleton Fresh-Remember the Irish myths of banshees and other creatures?

HiYa-The current form of "hello" heard in many a pub and one of the Little People as well.

Good Imp-Bad Imp-Mythology with a tongue-in-cheek humor is amusing to me.

Building 'R'- The unreal projected from a building reminde me of the movie, "Ghost Busters".

As I said originally, Dublin has many more and they are just one of the various reasons to put the city on your "places to visit" list.

Thanks for stopping by, feel free to come again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Ireland Without a Famine

Eating experiences in Ireland were a mixed culinary bag.  As you can see from the sign, the Irish traditionally take their breakfast very, very seriously. To be honest, breakfast was a lot more than I am used to, but I did enjoy the flavor of Irish sausage and never did take the opportunity to experience a black pudding.  There were also some days where I had a lighter breakfast of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs on toast with a scone on the side.  I included the "Don't Starve" sign found in one restaurant because it was very representative of the portions served in most places. A major adjustment that I did have to deal with is that hotels did not have coffee in the room, forcing me to stagger to the dinning room in a foggy state of mind.

Another culinary aspect taken seriously is coffee in its various forms.  I was more than happy to sample a fresh dark roast to start the day, a cappuccino to perk me up during the morning, and once an Irish Coffee to round off a delicious evening meal. Coffee is life.

Evenings often centered around a pub, both for food and drink and then for live music. Irish pubs and Guinness product go hand in hand, though I did find Budweiser served as exotica in one place (?!?).  Pub grub has a strong emphasis on root vegetables and meat...usually tender, well-spiced, and in hearty portions.  I did miss the option of having a salad-green leaves were a rarity in the places that we went. The comparison focus for this trip was lamb in its various forms. Lamb in Wisconsin is quite expensive; not so much so in Ireland.  While I did have a more exotic (to me) lamb dish of sauteed liver, the most common dish was the traditional lamb stew.    I can honestly say that there was never one that I din't enjoy. I also veered from traditional Irish food for a pizza on an occasion or two-delicious!

All in all, this aspect of our travels was very enjoyable.  I do wish that portions had been a bit smaller and accompanied by greenery.  In the end,  I sampled more than I should have and am working to remove some of those excess calories that invaded my body.  They were tasty calories and I take full responsibility for having chosen them.

Thank you for visiting. Feel free to stop by the Tavern in the future.  In the meantime, way your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Walking Along the River Liffey

I'm just back from nearly three weeks in Ireland.  While I have much photo editing ahead of me, I thought I'd share some scenes from my last full day there. It was a sunny Monday, a bank holiday, and it was a good time to take an early morning walk along the River Liffey as it flowed through the heart of Dublin.  We started at Ha'penny Bridge (where the toll for crossing the river used to be a half penny) and headed towards the dockland. A few centuries before, the first Viking settlers took a travel in the opposite direction.  Along the way, we found signs of the new and old...Ha'penny Bridge, and the modern  white harp-shaped bridge, Custom House and the tilted green glass Guinness can-like structure.  The humor of potential trolls lurking beneath the bridge. A memorial statue to the Dublin dockworkers.  Locks with personal messages attached to bridge posts in the manner that traditionally  were left in the center of faery rings.  Together, the scenes created an almost magical morning.

There will be many more photos of Ireland, both urban Dublin and western Ireland.  I just need a little time to put things together.  If you are interested in learning more about a river walk along the River Liffey, you might visit this link:

Thank you for visiting, you are welcome to stop by the Tavern again. In the meantime, may your travels be interesting and enjoyable.


Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dublin Hiya!

                                                             Parnell statue

                                                    view from Guinness Brewery top

                                                             Dublin street art

                                                   Friday night musical pub crawl start

                                               sand sculpture on a Saturday morning

The more that I am in Dublin, the more I grow attached to it. Dublin is a vibrant city, full of history, culture, potential experiences, and most of all, music. I leave three days from today, but I will return.

Close to three weeks in Ireland have given me a chance to see the land that my ancestors left in the 19th Century.  I understand and appreciate it more than before, but there is so much more yet to see, do, and learn.  In the meantime, I'll enjoy the days left here and then revisit them as I edit my photos in the weeks to come. Rest assure that there will be more posts of Ireland in the near future.

May your own travels be interesting and enjoyable.  Thank you for visiting Jade Gryphon's Tavern; feel free to stop by again.