Dublin - First Impressions

I mentioned that my previous post would be my last in San Francisco for a while.  Here's the scoop...  We're in Dublin, Ireland!  I'm here for a work assignment and looking forward to exploring all that the city has to offer.  We're also planning to take a variety of trips to points far and wide in Europe so stay tuned for lots of fun Sidewalk Safaris.  I thought I'd begin with first impressions.  Don't believe everything you hear about the weather.  Everyone I talked to prior to arrival told me that it rains all the time  in Dublin.  Here's a snap of the weather on our first day in town -- Gorgeous!
We were staying in the Ballsbridge area so decided to take a walk toward the village of Sandymount for our first outing.  All the street signs are written in both Gaelic and English.  There are also ornate wrought iron fences everywhere.
Another first impression -- people don't always seem to follow the rules.  This sign outside a grocery store in Sandymount says "Please do not tie dog leads to trolley bay rails".  Who is that black and furry character I spy?
In the summertime, homeowners enjoy having flowers bursting with color in their yards and on their window sills.  These lavender colored roses were spectacular specimens.
Coffee was very important since we were experiencing serious jet lag -- Dublin is 8 hours ahead of California.  We popped into Cafe Java for a quick fix.
Gnomes also seem to be very popular.  I caught this fellow peeking up at me.
We walked a little further east from Sandymount proper and looked out over Dublin Bay.  The two red-ringed smokestacks seem to be an icon of the city.  You can see them from a variety of places around town.  They really stand out in contrast to their surroundings.
I'll have more to say about the doors later, but for now, I thought I'd share this picture of a weather-worn cottage door.  I loved the texture.
The are stone walls serving as fences throughout the area and pretty flowers and other vegetation tend to grow from the cracks -- lovely!
We walked into the village of Ballsbridge and passed a colorful Guinness sign.
On our way back home, we saw the American Embassy.  We learned later that the pieces were built in the US, shipped here, and then assembled at the current location.
Various light poles featured colorful crests of the city.
We definitely felt like the city gave us a warm welcome and we're looking forward to exploring further.  Here's a look at the route we walked -- about 3 miles in all.  


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