Museum hopping

Some people go to Ireland to bar hop, we go to Ireland to museum hop! Our museum hopping day is one of my favourite memories of Dublin.  Well it didn’t feel like it at the time, I was all hungry and cranky and just didn’t want to  walk any more, but Carl would not have any of that! He was on a mission to prove how spontaneous he is, well done Carl you made your point! And kept leading us into anything that looked slightly interesting.  When museums, galleries and all sort of fun things are free, you bet we are going to take full advantage of it.

The museum of archaeology is filled with Viking history, ancient Egypt artefacts and really disgusting bog bodies.  What are bog bodies? well, bodies that were found in a  swamp! All these guys died horrible deaths and I mean of course they did, no one ever got lovingly thrown into a swamp! When I realized these were real bodies and real people I started feeling really sick and completely grossed out, but I persevered and saw all of them! I

Now normal people after seeing the size and having to see everything twice in the museum would have called it a day, but no, not us! We headed off to the National gallery!  Its here that I finally found out what a rule abider Carl is…He made me check my camera bag, just because of one sign saying no cameras! I was shocked and kept pointing at everyone else walking in with cameras.  I mean people were wearing them across their necks, proudly displaying them! but no! My husband had to go play me like that!  Even though I was devastated I still had an amazing time, seeing a Van Gogh painting made me all giddy inside and seeing a Monet painting had me lost for words!

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^^ Viking swords.

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^^ Mummy

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^^ Bog body…..look at it.

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^^ Sneaky photo of a Picasso.

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^^ I think I would have joined the military just, because of this poster.

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^^ This guy…..If you look closely you can see his top knot.

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^^ I wish having regal painting of yourself and your family members was still a thing.  Just think about how great your house would look with one of these around.

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^^ Naked statues!

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^^ The detail on this painting is amazing.

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^^ After a long day in Dublin its always great to know you can go get some sweet potato fries and a soda at Eddie Rockets.

 

10 things I love about Dublin

Its been a week since we’ve left Dublin and I can honestly tell you it still feels like a part of me is missing! Dublin stole a piece of my heart and I can’t wait to go back there some day.  As we start to ease into normal life here in Cape Town, I often think about Dublin and wonder what’s it doing right at this time.  Is Dublin raining on enough people, is the constant weather mood swings driving people nuts or has everyone finally seen the beauty that Dublin has to offer, so here is my list of reasons why I love Dublin.

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT DUBLIN

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  1.  Daffodils everywhere.  I can’t get enough of all the beautiful daffodils all around Dublin.  Its like a yellow field of happiness.
  2. Church bells ringing.  Hearing church bells always ringing and some even ringing in a hymn.  Its sure a lot nicer on the ears than sirens.
  3. Cathedrals.  Stained glass, architecture, the history these cathedrals are all wonderful to explore and all of them are amazingly unique in their own special way.
  4. Grafton Street buskers.  Grafton Street is filled with the most talented musicians you will ever come across.  I mean these guys are so good, they would make every future rockstar try a little harder.
  5. The accent.  The wonder accent of the Irish! Its like a song on the ears and the further you get out of Dublin the more and more difficult in gets to understand what people are saying.
  6. Polite people.  Dublin is filled with the most polite people you will ever meet. People make an effort to stop for you as a pedestrian, someone is always letting you go in front of them at the grocery store, just because you don’t have as much groceries as they do and the honour code is strong in Dublin, all around you, you see people following the rules and taking pride in it.
  7. Scenery.  The scenery all over Dublin is breathtaking and most things are just a quick train, bus or walk trip away.  From amazing cliff walks to pebbly beaches.
  8. Most of the museums are free.  Explore the national gallery and see Van Gogh, Picasso and a Monet painting, with many more gems waiting to make you feel like a pretentious art student.  Or go and look at the bog bodies and the Museum of archaeology.  There is so much to do, but so little time!
  9. Parks.  There are so many different parks all over Dublin worth exploring.  These parks are amazing to walk through and even better to people watch.
  10.  Castles galore! It feels like everywhere you look in Dublin there is a castle waiting to be explored and who doesn’t love a castle?

I’m starting to feel like I’m having Dublin withdrawals!

Spring in Dublin

Spring is definitely here to stay in Dublin, the flowers are in bloom, the trees are getting their leaves back, the birds are chirping and we can finally go out without wearing 5 different layers.  We are down to two layers.  Whoohoo!

The daffodils and tulips all over the city is enough to make me want to run rampant singing, Disney songs, while feeding deer and getting chased by squirrels.  Surprisingly all that is possible here in Dublin.  I’m really close to just going full Princess by buying a tiara and gown and just going with it, it won’t even be frowned upon during this time, because the St Patrick’s day festival is a couple of days away and we are all ready to wear our best green outfits and be Irish for a day.

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^^ A daffodil explosion!

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^^ Spring blooms.

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^^ we went to a baptism and had a lovely springy walk home.

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^^ Nature, always trying to make an escape for it.

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^^ I’m obsessed with them.

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^^ We went for a little walk in the park before heading to dinner with friends.  Notice the small amount of layers?

Ticknock Forest, is filled with magic and snow!

Well I didn’t really find any magic at Ticknock forest, but it is the kind of place where you expect elves to run around on some conquest to destroy some evil in this world. I didn’t see any elves, but I did see snow and that was magical enough for me.  Getting to Ticknock was quite a mission, I would definitely suggest that you bully some lovely friends with a car into going with you, otherwise you have to take a bus, cross a highway and walk up an insane road with blind corners everywhere while cars speed by.  I don’t think there is anything worse on the thighs than a never ending road that has a slight incline all the way up, the good part is ; its a great work out and you get to do most of getting to the top of a mountain on tar.  Of course the real rewards is being surrounded by trees all around you, and views of the entire Dublin and if you look close enough you can see the mountains in Belfast.

Being the sillies we are we completely forgot to pack any food and had one small bottle of water.  Yeah, I know! Crazy, but we carried on and walked for hours and hours, just being gently caressed by snow, seeing tiny snowmen all around and dogs excitingly trying to catch the snowflakes.  When we finally walked down the mountain seemed to be angry at our decision to leave and decided to turn the softness of the snowflakes into hard painful hail!  Nothing gives you energy to make it back to the bottom like being pelted in the face with hail!  We rushed home and stuffed our faces with all the food and water we could get.  Magical days come at a cost and I’m still feeling it in my stiff body!

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^^ Spiky trees and soft snow.

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^^ Only leave footprints behind.

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^^ This guy was so happy.

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^^ A little snowman.

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^^ Lost in the beauty of the trees. Or maybe he heard something.

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^^ Snow crazed.

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^^ I’m a tree!

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^^ forest ferns sure are pretty.

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^^ This rock sure was popular.  Not seen, people on the other side just chilling.

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^^ I just loved these wood logs.

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^^ Trails for days.

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^^ Snow on the mountain.

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been a whirlwind of adventure.  Seriously guys, its been kind of exhausting, but worth it, I’ve been having muscle pains in places I didn’t know muscles could even be at?! Its been all cliff walks, forest hikes and running to catch buses around here.  We actually crossed a highway and trekked up the most insane hill to get to Ticknock forest.  I was completely tired when I got to the parking lot of the hike entrance, but even the walk up was great we got to see the Irish sheep that’s always shown in movies and saw some amazing farms.  One of the things I love about Ireland is, how different every cliff walk or hike can be, even though they are all just a quick train ride apart.  The best part of our trip? We finally got to see snow! We did walk up a mountain to find it, but being hit in the face by soft snowflakes was worth all the trouble.

Adventuring around Dublin is wonderful you get to see so much, and still feel like there is way more to do.   Ireland is filled with so much sunshine, life, happiness, cloudiness, rain, snow and all sorts of wonder.  Being kept on your toes is good for the soul!

I feel like I’ve become a way happier person in the last month, being baptised, going to church, praying, reading scriptures has made me feel refreshed and ready for everything, but all that is for another post!

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^^ This florally golden globe by a bus stop makes waiting for a bus so much better.

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^^ Wall art.  I’m not sure what it means, but it seems to be something about a kingdom of cacti?

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^^ Pretty buildings and a kid looking at me.

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^^ This little fruit and vegetable shop made me really happy.

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^^ It feels a lot like spring.

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^^ Blurry train trip photo, being serenaded by violin.

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^^ I just love these flowers so much.  Just look how yellow they are!

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^^ Have you ever seen such a happy face? That’s what happens when Carl sees snow.

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^^ Fancy Mcdonald’s and a Gargoyle fountain, goes hand in hand, right?

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^^ Sitting around in woods, is good for the soul.

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^^ Just standing on a rock.

 

 

 

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been one fun ride.  Mostly walking, but some rides here and there.  With all the fun things to do around Dublin you would have to really try hard not to have a good time.  Castles, leaves, Chinese new years and all sort of wonderful fun is ready to get have in Dublin.  Everything is a short or long walk depends on the mood you’re in anyway, but the public transport here is amazing so take a bus, train or tram and activities are around all the corners.  Even the corners are great, lined with cobblestones and churches, the most boring corner is a beautiful one!

I guess you can see beauty in every place you’re in, but there is just something magical about Ireland.  Maybe its because its my two favourite colours grey and green, or maybe its all the daffodils exploding out of the ground in preparation for spring, the beautiful architecture that will make anyone’s heart thump, unless you don’t have a heart or maybe its the church bells that ring in delight every Sunday telling you to take the Sabbath day seriously, but maybe its just Dublin, beautiful, slightly shabby Dublin.  With all that charm and prettiness just making my heart swoon and just telling me this is where you belong.  Whatever it is Ireland is an adventure that I never want to forget.

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^^ Just call me Mary Poppins.

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^^ leaves.

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^^ Rathfarnam castle exploring days.  The ceiling depicts Jesus’s life.

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^^ Excited mirror selfie!

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^^ Drimnagh castle.  Its got the only surviving moat in Ireland.

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^^ CHQ Chinese new year.  It wasn’t as amazing as the one we went to last year, but it was still good.

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^^ Chinese chess.  I wonder who is winning.

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^^ A very popular dragon.

How was your weekend?

Ireland in Black and White

Ireland is a beautifully vibrant place, so why would you want to take black and white photos of such a green place, because Ireland looks good in any colour!

There is just something special about a black and white photo, it gives more character, romance a sense of wonder to a photo.  Maybe it’s because it looks like a by gone era, that you can just get lost in, or maybe its just because it looks so good.  I love a colourful photo just like everyone else, but black and white photos would be the soul of a photo, that core that makes you see a little deeper.

” The most colourful thing in the world is black and white, it contains all the colours and at the same time excludes all”. – Vikrmn

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^^ Birds flying around in Dublin.  These birds are crazy! I always duck when I get to this area in Dublin.

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^^ Church in black and white a match made in heaven.  Hey, that’s almost punny.

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^^ Another church.

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^^ Beach days.

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^^ towering.

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^^ A church and construction.

Happy Friday! Hope you guys have a lovely weekend.  I’m waiting in anticipation for snow. Hopefully it happens soon!

 

Walking Travels – an Irish walking adventure

Walking travel is definitely the slowest means of transport, unless you count a 26 stop bus for 7 km! With everyone wanting to get somewhere fast and experience everything in record speed, just to get back home and relax, walking travel is definitely not for everyone, but its worth it! You get to experience a town and really get into all those little nooks and crannies.  Its also the best way to walk off all the delicious food you’ve been eating.

We’ve been walking miles upon miles, forgetting to take food and trying to eat a tofu horse when we get home, but its been really fun and also really cheap.  We like things cheap here, so if we are able to walk it , we will and we shall!   So off we would set with google maps in Carl’s trusty hands and my who cares if we get lost attitude, ready for any adventure that might come our way.  Trying to really tone down our tourist vibe, by speaking in super hushed voices, to a point that we would have to read lips, but adventures are always had and things are always seen.  Trying to take everything in and really get swept up by the beauty of Ireland.

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^^ We don’t drink, but when you find the heineken factory, you have to take a photo.  Walks in Cork City.  I didn’t like Cork city much, but if we all liked all the same things the world would be a really boring place.

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^^ One day we decided we really wanted to walk to this bridge to just look at the river.

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^^ City walks, with our trusty backpack and a bottle of water.

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^^ staring at the water.

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^^ Artsy photos, because sometimes you just have to.

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^^ This thing.

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^^ Friendly swans being majestic.

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^^ Street performers everywhere.  This guy had the voice of an angel!

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^^ Christmas light magic.

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^^ Gloomy days.

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^^ How does this thing work?

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^^ Photo taking all the time.

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^^ Street art everywhere.