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Dublin City Centre


Yesterday was the perfect tourist day.

We took the DART into Dublin and sat across from the quintessential Irish couple in their fifties speaking Gaelic to each other. I felt it would have been rude to take their photo, so I just memorized their faces.

We got off near Trinity College and walked up Grafton Street. Wow, it is busy there! Our destination was St. Stephen’s Green; we had packed a picnic lunch, and we arrived in time for the band. The kids were enamored with the baby swans, I liked the statues, and David enjoyed the people watching. It was almost as busy in the park as on the street.

We then peeked into a number of famous pubs (only stopping for a pint in two, I swear!). We saw Kehoe’s, The Duke, Palace Bar, O’Neill’s, John Mulligan’s and, of course, Davy Byrnes and Temple Bar. And, of course, we also saw the much-bosomed Molly Malone, whom Athena quite liked.

We then took the DART to Sandymount to see David’s aunt and uncle, Judy and Desmond. We had a drink in their very charming garden and then Judy took us and two of her children, Siobhan and Nicholas, out for a lovely dinner in Sandymount.

All and all, it was a great day with something for everyone.