Wednesday, August 25, 2010

STL DPB On The Road: Dublin

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Spire of Dublin

So we got 3 or 4 hours of sleep on the plane, maybe, arrived at the hotel at 10 and the room wasn't ready until 2. Carolyn and I went staggering around central Dublin to kill some time.

Things have changed here since our last visit 8 years ago, not surprisingly. The center looks a bit more worn down. Lots of vacant storefronts. The ethnic mix is different. There are a couple of Polish groceries in the neighborhood of our hotel. The hotel bellman was named Krishna. The young man who took our lunch order had a notable Chinese accent and wore a New York Yankees baseball hat. Someone warned us about unlicensed cabs run by Nigerians, circulating at night. A group of Irish friends at the bar at our hotel were drinking Coors Light (yuck). The people at the next table at dinner (at Sixty6, excellent) were Spanish.

The picture above is The Dublin Spire, planted right in the middle of O'Connell Street on the site where in the 60s the IRA blew up a copy of Nelson's Column, like the one in Trafalgar Square. I don't know what it means but you can find out through the link.

Serious tourism later today.

9 comments:

lewi14 said...

W-O-W! Great shot!

Olivier said...

Superbe n&b (peut être un léger traitement HDR ?) impressionnant cette aiguille qui transperce le ciel.

cieldequimper said...

Very impressive photo, but tomorrow is arch day.

Steffe said...

I really hope you will buy those poor people a pint of Guinness!

Birdman said...

Don't they call this the 'Stiffy on the Liffey' too.

U "R" Us said...

Interesting stuff, and really striking in B&W. I'm about to embark on some seriously unserious tourism...

patty said...

great shot, was raining the day i was there and raindrops kept getting on camera lens, so my shot wasn't too good

Oakland Daily Photo said...

For a second I thought you had done camera magic and superimposed a sideways view of the arch onto a Dublin street. I think I've been over trained. The nice thing about foul weather, is that it forces you indoors to a museum or pub. Or both.

Paula said...

Life in the big city, always a mashup. Love the B&W, at least the camera could focus if you couldn't. I hope you've both caught up on your sleep.