Mar 7, 2011

Dublin!




The General Post Office


Cherry Trees at Trinity College



No pictures allowed inside, of course.


More Trinity College


Christ Church Cathedral


The Crypt


Inside the City Council, where the Dublin Book Festival was on.


Saint Patrick's Cathedral


The lovely Marsh's Library


St Stephen's Green


The Gaiety Theatre, where a Martin McDonagh play I couldn't afford to go see was on. The woes of being a poor student on a budget.


Random cool building


The Liffey and the Four Courts


Temple Bar


...where there are weekend markets selling all sorts of delicious looking food.


...and books!


At a crafts market with Valentina, one of my oldest and dearest blogging friends, who kindly gave up her time to be my personal Dublin bookshop tour guide


World Book Night action on Grafton Street


Howth


I didn't actually know Yeats had lived in Howth and came across his former house quite randomly


The view from the cliffs was stunning


My reward for the long hike along the cliffs


Dublin Book Loot, or: What I Could Cram Into a Single Item of Hand Luggage.

After several days away my Google Reader inevitably got the Mark All As Read treatment, but I would love to hear all about what you have been up to - especially those of you who were involved in World Book Night. And in any case, I hope your weekends were every bit as lovely as mine!

56 comments:

  1. Ooh, Ana! I love all the pictures! I'm sure you'd had a great time in Dublin! :)

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  2. Oh Ana, it looks like a beautiful place! I so hope you had as much fun as it looks like you must have!!! Love you!!!

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  3. Dublin looks lovely! I am very jealous of your treats. :)

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  4. Love the photos! On the flight home from London, my carry-on was loaded with books too. I'm at the same point with my google reader... hate to press the 'mark all as read' button, but don't see any other way.

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  5. I had a good weekend, but I am pretty sure it was nowhere near as good as yours! Dublin looks fantastic, and I really hope I get there one day! And yay, for personal tour guides!

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  6. I am quite jealous - I've always wanted to visit Dublin, and these pictures solidify the fact that I must intensely begin planning for a trip sometime in the next couple of years!

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  7. Yes, I bought books a-plenty in Dublin (and elsewhere), too! Isn't it the most marvelous city? Never made it to Howth, though the CS did and loved it. If I ever go back, it is most definitely on the list!
    How wonderful to see all the blooming things...sigh...

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  8. What a fun trip! I'd never heard about World Book Night until I saw Vivienne's post about it.

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  9. Oh my God, you have the Emily books in a box set, and if I am not mistaken, it's the covers I had when I was a kid. What do your covers look like? Because I think I am approaching death by envy if they are the covers I had as a kid AND they come in a box.

    Your trip sounds absurdly awesome. Particularly Trinity College, which is where (I'm sure you know) Oscar Wilde went when he was young. Then one of his tutors (allegedly) said "I'm afraid you aren't clever enough for us here, Oscar, you had better toddle on up to Oxford." Ha, ha, ha. (I would laugh at that more sincerely were it not for the fact that this same tutor was an UTTER ASSHOLE later on when Oscar Wilde was disgraced, and said Oscar Wilde was a blight on his career. Jackass.)

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  10. I love those pics! (Especially the cupcakes...I'm only kidding a little. Yum!) It looks like a great trip.

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  11. Your pictures are beautiful! I love the random building, the cherry trees. . . I wish the U.S. would have a World Book Night. The idea of book lovers giving out books to strangers is just awesome. :-)

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  12. Wow, Ana! Your pictures are fabulous and I am envious! I also want to here all about World Book Night and, like Vasilly, wish someone would come up with one for the US.

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  13. Oh how wonderful! Love the pics, that one of the crypt is so spooky and great.

    Looks like you had a grand time!

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  14. I've been SO MANY of those places! Isn't Dublin a wonderful city?!

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  15. Wonderful pictures, Ana! I have had the good fortune to visit Dublin, but your pictures are vastly superior to mine. Looking at them, I feel like I'm seeing certain landmarks with new eyes! It looks like you had a wonderful time!

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  16. Aww, Cloud Atlas! I loved it.

    And the Emily books; they were my favorites as a kid. And it wasn't JUST because she shared my name.

    Looks like you had such a lovely time in Dublin. Jealous! Glad to see you back. :-)

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  17. You make me want to go there.

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  18. Lovely pictures! It looks... much nicer than I thought it would be. I want to go too, now!

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  19. Lovely photos - you clearly had a wonderful time! I did World Book Night but found it a bit of a washout - no one was around in my college to give books to! (and I did post about it). Today I'm going to have to go around and mop up any leftover copies and have another think about what to do with them!

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  20. Oh I'm so jealous! World Book Night and flowering cherry trees at Trinity, two things I will probably never see! :-)
    Glad you enjoyed Dublin!

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  21. I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip to Dublin. The photos are beautiful!

    I'm reading Cloud Atlas right now--it's fantastic!

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  22. Ooh, I didn't know you were in my neck of the woods, well a couple of hours down the motorway! Dublin is beautiful and must look even more gorgeous now that Spring has sprung. We were there last Summer but only for a brief tour on the Viking Duck Boat and a trip to the zoo - we are a child-centred family!! ;-)

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  23. I love picture posts like this. :)

    Nothing much happening in my world. I've decided to take a month off reading and blogging...

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  24. Oh, Ana! Those pictures were wonderful and I am so envious that you were able to see Dublin! I would love to go someday and have one of those terrific cupcakes while walking around!

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  25. Oh what was The Dublin World Book woman giving away? Glad you had such a nice time, but I can see why you were exhausted! Amazed you just had the one cupcake energy burst.

    I saw Romeo and Juliet in Stratford this weekend which was lovely. PS My Branwell review just because talked about it on Twitter and I'm hoping you can be all that seems/does not seem like a reasonable assessment about Branwell: http://bookgazing.blogspot.com/2011/03/branwell-douglas-martin.html

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  26. And that was me using the LB account for some reason.

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  27. In what page was the Book of Kells when you were there? When I saw it, it the page started with a T.

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  28. Stunning pictures!!! I so want to come for a visit. Much prettier than Dallas. :)

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  29. Looks like you made full use of your time here :)

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  30. It looks like you had a wonderful time in Dublin! It's funny, I recognize the names of places there from Marian Keyes books - I may need to branch out a bit in my Irish reading!

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  31. I love the pictures! Dublin looks beautiful. I've never been but it's on my list of places I want to visit.

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  32. love love love this. I'm glad you had a nice trip, even as a student on the budget.

    My mom did her postgrad on middle English, so she loved seeing the book of kells! I'd love to see Ireland some day. That view from the cliffs must be amazing. I love the picture you included.

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  33. I love all your pictures, but there is something missing. Hmmmm, a picture of you! LOL. I love the look of your LM Montgomery books. I can't wait for you to review them.
    Glad you had a lovely time

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  34. Ahhh such lovely pictures! They're making me homesick for the big shmoke. I'll have to wipe the cow splatter off my boots soon and head up for a visit.

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  35. I loved those photos and your reward to yourself looked divine!!!

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  36. The pics are wonderful. Looks like it was a fabulous trip. Very jealous! :-)

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  37. Lovely pictures! And cherry blossoms and crocuses! Now I'm jealous. :) There's still lots of snow over here.

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  38. Wow, Dublin looks amazing and look at those fabulous books you got! I'm still in the middle of the Anne of Green Gables series by LMM Montgomery but I do want to read Emily of New Moon too!

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  39. oooohh gorgeous pictures. Dublin looks amazing, I would definitely love to see it some day too.

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  40. Glad you had a good trip! Hopefully will be talking to you soon!

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  41. Such amazing pictures, Ana!!! I hope you had as great of a time as it looks like!!

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  42. Melody: I really did :)

    Debi: It is beautiful, and so full of history! It was a lovely weekend, though exhausting enough that I need another weekend to recover from it :P

    Heidenkind: They were delicious :D

    JoAnn: I can't wait to hear all about your trip! And yes, the "mark all as read" button simply has to be used sometimes.

    Marg: yay indeed! And do visit if you have the chance - it's such a lovely city.

    Coffee and a Book Chick: Do start planning - it's definitely worth it!

    ds: It's marvellous indeed! I only spent a morning in Howth, but it was a lovely. If I do make it back I'd like to take some days to explore the famous Irish countryside. So much to see, so little time!

    Kathy: This was the first year they ever had a WBN - I wonder what the future of the event will be.

    Jenny: I took a picture for you! Here. While at Trinity I kept an eye out for any Oscar Wilde related signs on buildings, but I only found one marking Samuel Beckett's former office. Unfortunately for me I don't particularly care about him :P

    Chris: The cupcakes were definitely a highlight ;)

    Trisha: It was :D

    Vasilly and Gavin: Who knows, maybe it will in the future!

    Iliana: I really did :)

    Heather J: It absolutely is!

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  43. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay:)
    And what did you think of Howth? Did you get fish & chips? That's the first thing I think about when I go to Howth :P

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  44. I've heard of Trinity College and seen a few pictures, it's been recommended to me as something I might like. But I've not seen this many photos - now I can see exactly why my friends went on about it!

    Stunning!

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  45. Gorgeous photos. You must have had a wonderful weekend.

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  46. Fantastic photographs you look to have had a brilliant time. Brought back good memories of my trip to Dublin a few years ago.

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  47. Love the photos! Loved living vicariously through them, too :)

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  48. I love it when you post pictures of your travels--the last time, I think, was when you went to visit the Bronte sisters' house. Dublin is such a beautiful city. I wish I could go there someday. Everything looks so green. No wonder Ireland is called the Emerald Isle. :)

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  49. Steph: The credit is my new camera's rather than mine :P But thank you anyway! And I really did :)

    Emily: I thought of you when I saw the title "Emily's Quest", of course :P

    Steph Su: Do if you have the chance! It's definitely worth it.

    Leeswammes: It's such an interesting city, and so full of history.

    litlove: I hope you'll let us know what you ended up deciding to do! Whatever happens, I hope they find their ways to readers who'll appreciate them.

    Scribacchina: I had no idea the cherry trees would already be in bloom - it was a lovely surprise :D

    Kristi: Glad to hear you're enjoying it! I'll have to read it sooner rather than later.

    Lovely Treez: Haha, I saw one of the Vikinh Boats go past, complete with passengers wearing horned helmets :P

    Amanda: I hope the break will leave you feeling refreshed!

    Zibilee: I hope you manage to go! The cupcakes were so delicious :D

    Jodie: They were giving away The Blind Assassin, Fingersmith and Cloud Atlas. And I hope you'll post about R&J! I really have to make it to Startford one of these days.

    Alexandra: I feel awful that I can't remember! I blame having seen too much in too short a period of time :P But they were showing two different pages, as they had it bound in two volumes.

    Andi: Do come! And then cross over to England and hang out with me :P

    Fence: I really did!

    Alita: A lot of the street names were familiar too from stories, which made me smile :)

    Helen: It had been at the very top of my list for a long time. I'm glad I made it at last!

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  50. Wow! Hard to pick my favorite of these photos. Now I really want to go to Ireland :o)

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  51. Rebecca: The walk along the cliffs was indeed amazing! I definitely recommend going to Howth if you make it there :)

    Vivienne: But I actually AM in some of those :P

    Celine: I didn't know you were from Dublin!

    Staci: It was so yummy :D

    Amy: It was lovely :)

    Tiina: I hope it melts soon! Not long to go for spring proper.

    Bella: I haven't finished Anne yet either, but knowing how undisciplined I am I may well start Emily before that :P

    Violet: It's definitely worth visiting!

    Kailana: I got you something in Dublin! I'll tell you what when e-mail you, which will be soon :P

    Chris: It was wonderful :) Wish you had come with me :P

    Valentina: Thanks again for being my personal our guide :D It was lovely meeting you. I loved Howth - the cliffs walk is long (8kms) but definitely worth it! And I'm afraid I skipped the fish and chips in favour of vegetarian lasagne next door. It smelled too good! :P

    Charlie: The Trinity campus is just gorgeous!

    Carol and Darren: I really did :)

    Emily: That's what picture posts are all about :P

    Darlyn: Aw, thank you! It's good to know the posts are appreciated. My next trip will hopefully be to the Lake District - there will be pictures of that as well :P

    Terri B: It was hard to pick these from the 200 or so photos I took! :P

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  52. I'm somewhat late here but wanted to tell you how much I loved your photos. They brought back so many memories. I haven't been in Dublin for too long. I loved that city.

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  53. Wow! Now I realllllly want to visit Dublin. I even showed my husband your pics! Maybe in the near future....I can only wish!

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  54. So many wonderful pictures, and they brought back fantastic memories of Dublin for me. I'm quite behind on blog reading (and never mark all as read), but I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed them!

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  55. Love all the photos, Ana! What a great trip you had. I really like the last pic! :D

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