We started the day walking across the O'Connell bridge to meet up with a local busker for a busker tour and found a whole new shopping area with restaurants and pubs. This area was not as touristy with lots of locals and less busy than the Temple Bar area where we are staying.
Dublin's Spire had a rocky start in terms of getting government and city approvals to build but once constructed it's impossible to miss and centres a great walker friendly shopping area.
We got to sing along with the John the busker and learned about all the rules surrounding being a busker and the busker lifestyle along with a bit of history around the music in Dublin - lots of famous singers from here. Rory Gallagher (guitar) is one whose name I would recognize from the fact that Ringo Starr used to drum for Rory in Liverpool before he left for that other band.
Another lovely sunny day - we've had 6 weeks of sun with only 2 cold days so no complaints - it's been lovely. With a stop for lunch on an outside deck we shopped a bit more and for the last night will take it easy, pack and get up early for our flight home. It would be easy to stay longer in Ireland as there is so much we did not see this go round. The people are light hearted, engaging and seem to always be looking on the bright side of life. We will be back!
Cotter says (30-May-2018):
Thanks so much for all the wonderful blogs, I know many of us have enjoyed keeping up with you on your adventures, can't wait to see you soon!!
Rod Macpherson says (30-May-2018):
I've really enjoyed the travel blog. Tom's a great writer and both of you take wonderful pix. Next week -- lawn bowling?
Norma Deaver says (30-May-2018):
Even though I haven't been making comments throughout your trip, I've been following along and very much enjoying your blog. Looking forward to having a visit when you're back and talking about your many experiences. Have a safe trip home.