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I adore Dublin. I’m not sure whether it is the excellent food, large selection of Irish trad sessions to attend, or the gregarious Irish nature, but I have always felt comfortable here (I also look/am Irish by ancestry, so I can easily fit right into the crowd). One cannot walk along Dame Street, Grafton Street, or Temple Bar without encountering the smell of delicious pastries wafting down the street,1 a busker attempting to make a few bucks on a tinwhistle or fiddle, or the sound of Irish trad music (i.e. “The Wild Irish Rover”) seeping out from the many pubs, cafés, and other venues.

My week was packed with work at the Old Library in Trinity College Dublin (where they also house the Book of Kells) and exploration of this lovely city. I visited a few of the tourist spots, including the amazing Chester Beatty Library, the National Library of Ireland, and the Dublin Zoo, but otherwise spent much of my time wandering the streets of Dublin or playing my whistle at a real Irish trad session (if you are interested in listening to a true session, go to Cobblestone Pub, Hughes, or O’Donoghues, which are all located within walking distance in the city centre). I believe meandering is one of the best ways to truly experience a city and Dublin is no exception. While walking the many streets and attractions, I realized just how colourful Dublin is, and perhaps this vibrancy acts as a way to mitigate Dublin’s typically cold, rainy weather. Buildings and Georgian doors, as you will see, are often painted bright pinks, yellows, and red. The graffiti littering the many buildings could be considered highly skilled works of art. The parks, gardens, and greenery juxtapose the cobbled medieval streets, and the city centre illuminates at night. Paris may be called the “City of Lights,” but Dublin also seems to come alive at dusk in a spectacle of lights, sounds, and tastes. This post is a tribute to Dublin. I’ve snapped fifty photographs that attempt to capture the moods and colours of this fair city— its heart, people, weather, and history. I really enjoyed photographing and putting this collection together and hope to return to Dublin soon.

 

Musician at Temple Bar

Musician at Temple Bar

 

Gogarty's Pub, Temple Bar (there is an Irish trad session here every night of the week)

Gogarty’s Pub, Temple Bar (there is an Irish trad session here every night of the week)

 

Leo Burdock, Oldest Chipper in Dublin

Leo Burdock, Oldest Chipper in Dublin

 

The Joy of Chai, Dublin's First Tea Shop, Temple Bar

The Joy of Chai, Dublin’s First Tea Shop, Temple Bar (note: the Orange Blossom tea is delicious!)

 

The Daily Dropoff

The Daily Dropoff

 

Georgian doors

Georgian doors

 

Georgian House

Georgian House

 

One of these things is not like the other..

One of these things is not like the other..

 

Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

 

Fiddler on Grafton Street

Fiddler on Grafton Street

 

The daily intermittent hailstorm

The daily intermittent hailstorm

 

complementary appetizer at Jaipur's Indian Restaurant

complementary appetizer at Jaipur’s Indian Restaurant

 

Enjoying a Guinness at Dublin's oldest pub, the Brazen Head Pub (c. 1198)

Enjoying a Guinness at Dublin’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head (c. 1198)

 

The Brazen Head Pub (c. 1198)

The Brazen Head Pub (c. 1198)

 

The wolf

The wolf

 

The Unicorn

The Unicorn, Temple Bar

 

 

Gargoyles, Temple Bar

Gargoyles, Temple Bar

 

Comet Records, Cope Street, Temple Bar

Comet Records, Cope Street, Temple Bar

 

Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

 

Medieval Gaming Pieces, The National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology division)

Medieval Gaming Pieces, The National Museum of Ireland (Archaeology division)

 

The Long Room, Old Library, Trinity College Dublin

The Long Room, Old Library, Trinity College Dublin

 

Rory's Fishing Tackle, Temple Bar

Rory’s Fishing Tackle, Temple Bar

 

Marion Park

Marion Park

 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

 

Humbolt Penguin, Dublin Zoo

Humbolt Penguin, Dublin Zoo

 

Horse & Carriage, Temple Bar

Horse & Carriage, Temple Bar

 

Collins Barracks

Collins Barracks

 

There's a pot of gold at the end of this street..

There’s a pot of gold at the end of this street..

 

An interesting exchange, Temple Bar

An interesting exchange, Temple Bar

 

The River Liffey

The River Liffey

 

Stained glass, Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Stained glass, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

 

Christchurch Cathedral

Christchurch Cathedral

 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

 

Still playing away, Temple Bar

Still playing away, Temple Bar

 

 

A lonely bicycle, Temple Bar

A lonely bicycle, Temple Bar

 

Random pipes and image of Italian chef

Random pipes and image of Italian chef

 

"The Deal"

“The Deal”

 

The Bank of Ireland

The Bank of Ireland

 

Trinity College Dublin and The Bank of Ireland

Trinity College Dublin and The Bank of Ireland

 

Knight helmets propped up on stakes, Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Knight helmets propped up on stakes, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

 

More graffiti

More graffiti

 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

 

Another day, another guitarist at Temple Bar

Another day, another guitarist at Temple Bar

 

I love this corner

I love this corner

 

Trinity College Dublin & The Bank of Ireland

Trinity College Dublin & The Bank of Ireland

 

Temple Bar at Night

Temple Bar at Night

 

"The Succubus"

“The Succubus”

 

"The Law of Attraction"

“The Law of Attraction”

 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral

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  1. If you are in Dublin, be sure to check out The Queen of Tarts for some delectable pastries. []