Dublin - Howth on a Whim

In Dublin, it's important to be flexible.  We woke up one morning to bright sunshine and decided on the spot to take the DART train to Howth.  Dublin is fantastic in that you can be at the seaside in less than 30 minutes.
Howth features a weekend farmers market.  Check out this dense tower of fudge!
I also liked these personable gingerbread men.
Pralines direct from Belgium were another find.
We walked out along the pier in this quaint fishing town.
I smiled when I saw this sign.  It's important that people are reminded not to drive their cars into the water.
This trio of tugs sat snug in the harbor.
We made a new friend while strolling along the water!
I liked this claim of a local seafood company -- "If it swims, we have it".  Hmm...  I hope there aren't people on the menu...
I love the cloud formations that dapple the sky in Ireland.
We walked out to the end of the pier to this striking lighthouse.
On the way back, we saw the ferry boat to a nearby island and estuary.
We were in Howth the same day as the World Cup Final in July and ran into some overzealous Spain fans coming ashore.  They would soon have reason to celebrate in earnest.
We stopped for lunch at the Oar House.  We were seated at a table near the kitchen which we were led to believe by the hostess was suboptimal (it was the last table they had available).  It turned out to be a fabulous seat.  One of the chefs leaned over and asked me if I'd like to try an oyster.  I'd never had one before so decided to give it a whirl.  I wouldn't eat them by the bucket but I enjoyed the one.  It had a slimy textured but was nice and salty -- very fresh.
We shared an extremely large entree (plaice with butter and almonds).
We were pretty stuffed...  Then, the chef leaned over the counter again with a full dessert plate in hand and asked if we'd like a brownie on the house.  Don't mind if I do!  We somehow found room to polish it off...so good.
We concluded our tour of Howth with a short walk along the cliffs.  I really liked this stone fence following the seaside.  The atmosphere was quite charming.  I highly recommend a visit to Howth on a sunny day.

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