the irish coast

last thursday 
we
 thanks to mary's superb map reading skills
walked to pearse street 
to 
the light rail DART station
hopped a train 
up along the coast

taken through the not so clean train window


to
greystones







we walked along lower (vs the actual cliff walk) walk


crazy people swim in icy waters




contrasts

















street art

after we arrived
checked into the hotel
had a quick lunch
at 
o'briens bagel factory on leeson street lower


we took off wandering
lots to see
especially along richmond street south
where street art is just .. well see for yourselves














i'm back!

what a clever blog post title
ha

if you follow me
 on 
instagram or facebook 
you know
 i spent part of last week
 in
 dublin ireland

it was a perfect get-away

and
 now i get to relive it by sharing photos!

lets begin with arrival
the view from plane's window


here's
 a still shot
 of 
the amazing green countryside landscape


the airport is located approx 5 kilometers from dublin proper
in an area called collinstown, fingal
a short 30 min bus ride



very modern
a strong contrast 
to those farmlands 





i was - are you surprised - in love with the reflections



 here's where i stayed


everything
 and
 i do mean 
everything 
(including hot/cold water taps)
is 
reversed

you soon get used to it 
because
 there 
are 
these 
reminders 


oh 
the view from the hotel window
those skies look threatening 
but
 they turned out to be atmospheric vs wet


i packed two fold up carry with you rain coats
never needed them!


yeah i fell in love with those chimney pots
so i wasnt too upset by not having a 'real' view

glad to be home!!


waiting


that big guy
 was 
keeping his eyes
 on the door

where's my person
clearly on his mind

sprinkler fun


one of the perks 
of 
walking vs subway or bus
stopping and snapping


these kids were having fun 
running chasing one another 
through the sprinklers 
in the playground

finally!

i think
 of
 all the fridays 
between 
memorial day and labor day
 as
 my fridaycations

its a fabulous perk
 to 
take fridays off for 3 months 

to sleep in on a friday morning
 is 
by far
 more enjoyable than ... well than a lot of other stuff

over the years
 i have almost always
 had 
something 
planned to do

i have
walked across the brooklyn bridge
photo hunted along riverside park south
searched for access to the little red lighthouse
shopped at ikea
walked the mosaic trail in alphabet city
spent the day on coney island
etc 
etc

you get the idea

well this summer 
not so much

i am not sure why 
i have been unmotivated
but 
this past friday 
that changed

a friend i met on instagram
(she posts as @pepster3rd)
took half a day off 
we had lunch
we walked
from
 79th street
 up
 to 
113th street/amsterdam avenue
to 
photo hunt
 on 
the grounds
 of
the cathedral of st john the divine




a summer day camp is in session from 8-6
 so 
we couldnt roam around the grounds
as much as we'd have liked
but 
we did enjoy ourselves


there are 3 peacocks
mr phil, jim and harry
in residence
we only saw two

mr phil


either jim or harry 


the walk up and back
round trip 68 blocks or 3.4 miles
yielded a lot of photos

this week that's what i am sharing