The trip to Dublin took place over a
long weekend in January. The date selected was random, but it happened
to coincide with the Trad Music Festival, an annual festival celebrating
Irish folk music & dancing in Dublin's famous Temple Bar
area. There's an example of smart planning there. As luck would have it,
we blundered into an awesome festival full of music, laughter and good
times all the way around.
Ireland was a great country to visit,
with very friendly & hospital people and lots to see & do. The
pub culture is lovely. Tired of walking around? Go have a pint. Want a
good meal? Go have a pint with that. Want to hear music? Go have a pint.
Want a good beer? Well, you know what to do....
This is a picture taken from one of the buildings
in the haphazard Dublin Castle. The coolest part of this sight
was not the Museum of Police History (where this picture was taken
from), but the garden with Celtic cross it overlooks.
Here's the best shot for the album cover we
came up with on the trip. Don't ask me what the album is, but
we do have an awesome cover thanks to two very groovy models,
Kasshawna & Dale.
Here's another shot of the Celtic cross. The
two girls in the center are making fun of a certain someone who
tends to act like a ham in front of cameras. Imitation is the
highest form of flattery, right?
Cool iron work outside the castle and Dale
looking cool too. Dublin has all sorts of interesting swirlly
(I guess that would be called "celtic") decorations
all around the city which makes for interesting photography.
Guy on the street in the Temple Bar district.
Here is the River Liffey which separates Dublin
Here is Kasshawna committing to her belly
piercing. She tried to get all 5 of us to get either a tattoo
or piercing, but thankfully we never got quite drunk enough to
agree to that. Ironically, this is the second time I've been with
her while getting her stomach pierced. Its quite an honor as you
Check out all that ink! And if you think all
of the ink is something, the spikes in the head is above and beyond
that. In the shop, pictures lined the wall of the what the insertion
of spikes into a person's head involved. It was disgusting, really.
Unless you like looking at lots of blood streaming out of a person's
We had one sunny day while in Dublin and spent
the day at St. Stephen's Green. It was great for picture taking
and people watching.
This is what people in Dublin do when the
sun is out. Reminds me of some other place where it rains a ton.....
Here is a bridge which serves as one of the
entryways to the park.
This picture captured the mood of the day.
A local market we wandered into in the Temple
Meeting in the marketplace. This girls look
very happy and I like that. Just so you know, recently there were
numerous reports about redheads going extinct which has since
been reported as incorrect. Redheads make up about 2% of the global
population and about 10% of Ireland's population. And they aren't
going away either :)