Friday, August 27, 2010

STL DPB In Dublin, In Jail And In Kathmandu

Kilmainham Gaol 1

We visited Kilmainham Gaol yesterday morning, the most notorious prison in Ireland. It was here that the English confined the leaders of the Irish revolutions (six between 1798 and 1919) and executed many of them. It was an unspeakably cruel place. Our guide gave some of the young members of the group signs reminding us that even children were imprisoned for the crime of being poor. Vagrancy, in this context, meant to be homeless.

On Peter Kelleher's advice, we drove down the coast to the toney village of Dalkey, home of Bono and other wealthy Irish. It felt like a local version of Carmel-by-the-Sea. We climbed to the top of Killiney Hill to see the obelisk, a make-work project for the destitute, and its sweeping view of Dublin Bay and surroundings.

And now for something completely different. Dinner was at Monty's of Kathmandu, a brilliant Nepalese restaurant in the Temple Bar district. It had an all-Nepali staff, fabulous food (the chicken momos were to die for) and the best nan we've had anywhere, including India and Nepal. I gotta have a set of those glasses to remind me of my Buddha nature with every sip of malbec. And then, a few doors from the restaurant, a little more local weirdness.

Today, a stop at Newgrange and then on to Belfast.

Kilmainham Gaol 2

Obelisk on Victoria Hill

Monty's of Kathmandu 3

Monty's of Kathmandu 1

Monty's of Kathmandu 2

Eustace Street, Dublin


Olivier said...

surprenant cet obélisque

cieldequimper said...

One of the photos isn't showing :-( must be an Apache arrow. Killiney is great.

Virginia said...

I love the obelisk shot as well. And that prison, to have such horrible history is really quite interesting structurally. I had another look at that glass. I'm still seeing the Grinch, but if you want to pretend it's Buddha, hey, have at it!
Bon weekend,

Nathalie said...

Until I read your commentary I was really disturbed by the top photo. I thought these kids were real prisoners but then their happy faces didn't add up. Silly me.

I'm back from vacation and enjoyed reading your posts about yours. Cheers!

Paula said...

This is proof that it's a wonder the human race has survived itself, but then, there's always malbec and nan and momos.