February 2017 – Irish Impressions

Dear friends and readers,

We all need to keep our promises. About seven years ago, our niece Rebekka asked us to celebrate her 21st birthday with her – in a pub in Ireland.

As you can see – we did not disappoint her.  🙂

We started the day with delicious breakfast at the Bernard Shaw Café Bar:

“A coffee a day keeps the grumpy away!”

We took the DART (Dublin Area Rapid Transport) to Skerries:

Skerries by the sea:

Rebekka, enjoying her birthday pint of Guinness – Peter’s Pub (http://www.peterspub.ie/)

The next day comprised a visit to the Leprechaun Museum (http://www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/)

Even if it seems like just another old building – it is always worth a visit.

Peace, dear friends and readers.  ☘



Ireland 2016 – autumn

Dear readers,

Once again we followed Dublin’s call – as we often do this time of year.  :mrgreen:

In addition to the usual strolling, Wolfgang and I showed Elfe some ‘new’ places.  Among them:

Bray, seaside (within 20 minutes!)





Skerries Mills, seen from the DART



Skerries, South Strand



Glasnevin Cemetery

One inscription left me awestruck:

Do not stand by my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow, I am a diamond glint in snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awake in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circling flight. I am the soft star shine at night.
Do not stand by my grave and cry. I am not there… I did not die.


Dublin and Skerries impressions – March 2015

To recharge our spirits we returned to Dublin and Skerries. Thanks to the Leap Visitor Card (Dublin Bus, Luas and DART!) we were constantly on the road and/or tracks. The Leap Visitor Card offers you 72 hours of unlimited travel for €19.50. I bought our cards at the SPAR market right at the airport.
(Please follow this link for more information: https://www.transportforireland.ie/leap-card/leap-visitor-card/)


We arrived nearly one hour later than planned. Boarding in Munich was announced on time, then we were delayed due to technical issues.  😦

Due to this being Elfe’s first trip to Ireland, we seized every opportunity to go by bus, Luas or DART. Dublin Bus 16 took us close to our hotel. Ideally we get off at Drumcondra Station – the walk takes less than five minutes.

Thirty minutes after checking in, we left for another bus. Elfe admired the building housing Dublinia and Jury’s Inn. Showing her the streets, Wolfgang discovered a café we didn’t know before. Rosie’s Café looked inviting, therefore we decided to have some lattes and grab a bite. It doesn’t matter if you taste the home-made cakes (e.g. banana bread), take the pasta or have a delicious wrap with grilled vegetables – you’ll love it! (Please follow this link for more information: http://www.indublin.ie/restaurants/rosies_cafe#.VQNQ1dFFCUk)


We showed Elfe Dublin Castle only from the outside, a place for her to visit next time. As compensation, a pint of O’Hara’s with her name on it was waiting for her at Peter’s Pub.


The Leprechaun Museum is always worth visiting!


As you can see in the picture, the Luas passes by. Just exit at Jervis.


Turning right on leaving the Croke Park Hotel we always pass by this pub with its ever-present Guinness ad.


Morning impressions at the Croke Park:




Breakfast at the Candy Café was great as usual. A view from the inside assured us we had enough time for a birthday breakfast – including the awesome banana bread cake.

You may remember the café being painted in a different colour, last time.  😉







After breakfast we headed to Conolly Station to catch the DART to Skerries, normally leaving from track 7. At high tide, you seem to ride the sea – this is unforgettable: The sea to the left, the sea to the right and you within the DART in the middle.  😀

The first destination: Skerries Mills. As frequent visitors, we bought our tickets and were allowed to roam the premises on our own. The indoor and outdoor sections are waiting for you – visit the watermill and the windmills to see for yourselves.

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Afterwards, it is nice to relax at the café for coffee or tea and some delicious snacks.


We continued to the harbour. Some of you might have guessed that I love the sea – and Skerries. For further pictures of Skerries and the seaside, please follow the link at the end of this blog post. 😉
Now you all really know. If you compare these pictures with those from November 2013, it is obvious we picked a rather overcast day, this time. To show Elfe more of the beautiful landscape we returned to Dublin via bus.

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Due to the Luas construction, Molly Malone has temporarily moved to Suffolk Street. After taking a picture, I was several times approached by visitors to take pictures of them and Molly Malone. Luckily they all had Samsung phones – piece of cake to take awesome shots.  🙂


Cockles and Mussels, or Molly Malone

Written and Composed by James Yorkston

In Dublin’s Fair City
Where the girls are so pretty
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone
As she wheeled her wheel barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

Alive, alive o!, alive, alive o!
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!

She was a fishmonger
But sure ‘t was no wonder
For so were her father and mother before
And they each wheeled their barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!


She died of a fever
And no one could save her
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone
But her ghost wheels her barrow
Through streets broad and narrow
Crying cockles and mussels alive, alive o!



Craving for the next coffee – we visited the Insomnia in Nassau Street:


Walking up Grafton Street toward St Stephen’s Green shopping centre:

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Stephen’s Green park:

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After strolling through the park and the shopping centre, it was once again time to rend Peter’s Pub a visit. At this time of day it was still rather empty, therefore I seized the opportunity to take some pictures:



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Not everyone in this photo is alive.  😉


The Insomnia right at the Jervis stop – awesome coffee, delicious snacks. Enjoy!

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Our quality time was over too soon – Sunday, in the early afternoon – we headed back to the airport. I took one last picture – already daydreaming of coming back.

And we will be back!


I took the photos with my Galaxy A5.


We had some happy and inspiring days, indeed.  🙂


Dublin impressions Oct./Nov. 2013


Thank you!

Dear friends, dear readers!

Thank you very much for your kind birthday wishes!  🙂

Please don’t be mad if I haven’t answered your comments, yet. There’s still a lot of catching up to do; I’ll do my very best.

A blog post about our short trip to Dublin will follow.

Our (Elfe and Wolfgang were my co-travellers) trip and our stay were awesome; our heartfelt thanks to the staff of The Croke Park Hotel – our favourite hotel in Dublin.