Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures

Here's another adventure that's a bit overdue.  A couple weeks ago we went to the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures.  We hoped on the DART train at the Grand Canal Dock.
We arrived quite early and took some time to stroll the town before the music started.  There are some beautiful and colorful houses in the center of the village.
We stopped at Poppies to fuel up on coffee and some sweets for the day.
Across the street, this fish sign caught my eye.
There was an area near the pier that featured goods and foods from around the world.  I stumbled upon this interview taking place.  It all looks very serious but the uber furry microphone made me smile.
Colorful butterflies featured prominently in the festival logo.
In walking from one part of the festival to another, we passed this grubby bog.  Rather unexpected.
The People's Park featured attractions, food, and music from India.  I loved this house decked out in red flowers in the park.
By now, we were ready for lunch.  We stopped at Juggy's Well and enjoyed some home cooking in their second floor seating area.
Outside, yellow flowers lent a festive air to the day.
Finally, it was time for the performances to begin.  The main stage was right along the water so we were able to sit on the wall and get a great view of the concerts as well as the surroundings.
The Garda were on hand on horseback to make sure the crowd didn't get unruly.
and crowded it was...
In additional to music, buskers featured prominently at points along the water.
Festival-goers decorated the sidewalk along the promenade with chalk art.
Speaking of art, I liked this participative art installation.  The artist wanted passersby to move the pieces of wood around to an order that was aesthetically pleasing to them.
We came full circle back to the Global Village area.  The Mr. Whippy Sound System was in full swing!  You're seeing it right -- it's an ice cream truck turned into a high def platform for spinning tunes.  A variety of world class DJs were on tap and the ice cream truck was rockin' out.
Street performers on stilts charmed the audience nearby.
We passed the joculator, a device that seemed like a pedal powered amp.
I was amused by this guy and his dog playing in the water.  The dog would get all ready to pounce and the owner would throw a rock into the water.  The dog would get excited and chase it to the point where it splashed down and then would come back for more.  It seemed kind of cruel since the dog could never really retrieve the sinking rock.  Where is a piece of driftwood when you need it?
We went back to the mainbstage for the marquis performance by Khaled.  Apparently, he's very popular in France and elsewhere in Europe and Northern Africa.
The sun came out in full force so we decided to take a bit of a hike to a nearby Martello tower.  It's thought that the time James Joyce spent here inspired Ulysses.  It was a beautiful walk.
Our final stop of the day was at the Forty Foot Bathing Place.  Apparently when the tide comes in, a pool forms that is 40 feet deep.
The tide was out but that didn't stop some locals from soaking up the sun and going for a swim.
We walked back toward Dun Laoghaire as our shadows were getting longer as the sun began to set.
I spotted a few fuzzy flowers on our way back to DART.
I liked the sentiment in this bit of graffiti:  turn off your tv, turn on your life.  Well stated!
We took the DART home and had a nightcap at the Schoolhouse Hotel.
This bee really wanted to imbibe!
We watched the sunset along the Grand Canal to conclude our excellent day exploring Dublin's surrounds.

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