We went on a day trip out to Wicklow and on the way we stoped at a little village in the mountains (I can't remember what its called I'm afraid) but we stopped at a restaurant/pub. There I tried Guiness stew and it was the most beautiful meal I have ever had!! It was divine and I'm not reallty a big meat eater but I recommend it if u get a chance to try it!
One early morning when we looked out of the window of our hotelroom it was as if we had landed in the 1st World War.
Tanks were driving by and soldiers were marching through the streets.
Later on we discovered they were shooting a film right under our noses!
They were filming 'Michael Collins' with Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Julia Roberts.
Basically there is not much to...
Basically there is not much to do but drink and there are plenty of places to do that, we went out regularly in the Temple bar area, and of course THE temple bar. I have been told recently that it has become very expensive to go out in dublin now, since the euro came in etc. Guinness!!!
Details along Essex Bridge
The first bridge built on this site was in 1676 and called Essex Bridge, named after the English first Earl of Essex, Lord Lieutenant Arthur Capel (1631-1683), Lord of the Treasury 1679 during the English reign of Charles II.
Capel didn't care for many of Charles' policies and schemed to keep James, the Duke of York, from succeeding him to the throne. Apparently, that didn't turn out very well, he was imprisoned in the Tower, and later found dead with his throat cut. Rumor says it was suicide.
So, the salient facts about Arthur are, he was English, objected to a Catholic (James) taking the throne, and he may have killed himself by cutting his throat. That's interesting. Another interesting fact is that the original bridge was the product of real estate developer Sir Humphrey Jervis, whose name is still prominent around Dublin.
There are some discrepancies I've noted between some of the written material research I've found and the plaque shown on the bridge (attached photograph). As best I can piece together, the original bridge remained for fourteen years until damaged by flood waters in 1690.
Today's Essex Bridge was erected in 1755. In 1875 it was rebuilt, widened, strengthened with cast iron supports, and had its name changed to Henry Grattan Bridge.
It's one of the Liffey's prettier bridges and serves as a prominent landmark for the city. It leads to Parliament street towrads the south, and Grattan Street towards the north.
Noticed the bright red door that caught my eye and which I managed to capture on film? Well, this lovely door can be found along St Stephen's Green, just next to the Le Meridien Shelbourne Hotel.
This is, in my opinion, the most outstanding feature of Dublin. Yes, their colorful doors. This unique feature sure makes this city stand out from all other cities that I've visited thus far. They are so bright and colorful; and can be found at every street corner.
For the really nice doors, I'd highly recommend that you check out those cool Georgian houses along Merrion Square.
Merrion Square itself is a very fine example of Georgian Dublin and a stroll around the square will give you a first hand experience of the famed Doors of Dublin now immortalized in a famous poster of the same name.
A stone's throw away, along Kildare Street, you can catch a glimpse of Dáil Eireann (read: the House of the Irish Parliament). Also on Kildare Street is The National Library which frequently houses art and photographic exhibitions, and the Taylor Galleries of Contempory Modern Art. All must-sees if you ask me.
Unfortunately, I didn't have much time to visit the museums.... but I passed it almost every other day! Big deal huh?