It's hard not to love the Irish. OK, maybe I'm more susceptible-the first were Gaels and so were the native Scots, who were not Picts.
Kindred spirits or not, they live as they are; spirited, imaginative, creative, gregarious, lovers of the word and art.
Dublin is all of that and more. It's become a magnet for
for many from Europe, especially a young demographic. It is a city of culture, history, and personality.
Oscar Wilde statue in Merrion Square
Artist-Danny OsborneAs a visitor, it is easy to fall in love with Dublin and to simply enjoy it. It is both classy modernity and classically historical.
At every turn it is vibrant and there is a great photo op.
The Gaels started living here in the 7th century. The Vikings came, and so did the Normans. In the early 20th Century the spirit of independence gave birth to the ethos that led to the establishment of the Irish Republic. Dublin was pivotal.
Intellect, literature, story telling and music are in the DNA.
These few frames can barely introduce the vitality and feeling that Dublin exudes and thus entices with.
I learned that author Jonathan Swift lived and served here but not by choice. That is the subject of a coming post.
Close to 2 million live in the greater Dublin area, and it is a capitol of culture as well as government.
As someone who has traveled for work and pleasure I was surprised by how Dublin chefs have become such all stars and champions. I did not expect it.
And in the spirit of full disclosure, as a long time Guiness fan, I took advantage of the abundance of the home town product, in Dublin and elsewhere in the beautiful nation.
A few words and a few photos here cannot embrace the culture that is Dublin. Historic and cutting edge, sensorial and cerebral, a full on passion for life and it is no wonder you can't help but enjoy Dublin.
Irish side trips and We Walked Into A Pub, Chapter 2 are still ahead.
And a Note from Home
The rain season has begun on the California Central Coast and we are seeing our annual Irish tint on the hillsides. It will be a green Christmas this year and that will call for a toast to our Irish friends, Kay, Willie, Kay and Jack and to our envoy Maura.
See you down the trail.