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


Dublin impressions – Oct/Nov 2013

To recharge our spirits we once again went to Dublin. Thanks to the combo ticket (Dublin Bus & Luas) we were constantly on the road and/or tracks.


The Leprechaun Museum offered a special Halloween event. I had to switch off my mobile phone, therefore I cannot offer any photos here.


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


A morning glimpse at the Croke Park:




Breakfast at the Candy Café was great.




Morrison Books, 2A Parnell Street
Searching an opportunity for book swapping, searching special books? Stop by. We chatted with Mr Morrison for a while about films, politics, the seaside, etc.




After finding the book I had looked for (Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz) at Morrison Books we walked to the nearest bridge over river Liffey.






If you like the Brazilian kitchen, you might want to dine here at Taste of Brazil (their website is coming soon):




I was talking about mazes and/or labyrinths in a previous blog post (https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/mazes-amazing-or-annoying/). Here is the labyrinth of Dublin Castle “Dubhlinn Gardens”:








Next to the labyrinth, the Chester Beatty Library is open for visitors; the entry is free of charge. It is prohibited to take photographs. And why not enjoy a coffee at the Silk Road Café?




St Stephen’s Green:







Five Lamps in the early morning, on our way to the DART:




Another pub with Guinness ad:




For our trip to Skerries we took the DART. It is awesome to reach Skerries like that, travelling apparently on the sea, getting the first glimpse of the Skerries Mills.


Skerries Community Centre and another glimpse of one of the Skerries Mills:




We had breakfast at The Little Café:




We continued to the harbour. Some of you might have guessed that I love the sea – and Skerries. 😉
Now you all really know:








If you zoom in, you can even see the Holyhead lighthouse:



It is beautiful to wander along the Skerries seaside:










Another morning, another pub with Guinness ad:




We went to Enniskerry. At the bus station you see the yard of the Schoolhouse for Art Sculptures by Conleth Gent:




Our lunch at Wagamama in Dublin was a must. The online menu had promised this seaweed salad – and it was yummy. Goma Wakame Salad (shredded carrot, wakame seaweed, spring onions and a dash of red chilli. served with Wagamama house dressing and roasted sesame seeds):




St Stephen’s Green shopping centre (my favourite):






As usual we visited Peter’s Pub. I was longing for a pint of Beamish… And then I had to learn that they did no longer serve it. 😦
They suggested a pint of O’Hara’s – and it is nearly as good as a Beamish. It has favourite potential.  😉




Not everyone in this photo is alive.  😉




We had an exquisite lunch at Jamie’s Italian (Dundrum Town Centre):




O’Shea’s, Dublin:




Throughout our trip we enjoyed great coffee also at Insomnia, Costa and Like a Coffee.

I took the photos with my Galaxy Nexus.


We had a happy and inspiring week, indeed.  🙂