Photos: The Streets of Dublin, Ireland (Part 1)

Photos: The Streets of Dublin, Ireland (Part 1)

Dublin is a peaceful city. Unless you’ve had a few rounds of Guinness. I guess like in most European cities, the buildings aren’t tall. But they’re old and historic— filled with shops and cafes.

This was part of the festival parade route during Saint Patrick’s Day. This was taken in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

When I took these photos, I hadn’t seen the boutiques of London, Paris, or Vienna. Dublin is the first European city I’m visiting. I suppose this is a great start.

I had a few things in mind while walking. I wanted to see Dublin Castle but ended up taking a wrong turn and discovering something else.

While I was in Dublin for work, I couldn’t help but take in my surroundings and breathe the cool air. It was 8-12 degrees C. Luckily, it wasn’t raining during the times I was out on these streets.

Inside this art shop is a real fireplace (lol, forgive me I only see them in pictures). I purchased a print.
This is how Saint Patrick’s Cathedral looks like from the side. People were out with their dogs.
It’s frigid enough. These birds though.
Fresh flowers all around. This was taken near Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.
This building houses the Grafton Guesthouse among other establishments.
Kellys Hotel (which manages Grafton Guesthouse) sits above Hogan’s. I regret not being able to try the food and beer at Hogan’s.
I was walking with Krutika when we passed by this lovely chocolate cafe in the shopping district.
It takes time adjusting to different shopping cultures. Replace Asian malls with streets lined with fast food joints and clothing stores. This is one prime area filled with shops.
I took this photo before the sun set on Saint Patrick’s Day. People were starting to gather in larger groups and were hanging outside the pubs nearby.
You can see how some of the stores are closed already.
What caught my attention wasn’t the old building. It was the sign in front that said Cushman & Wakefield were developing it.
Buskers on Saint Patrick’s Day. A touch of green and bright orange.
McDonalds in green.
Couldn’t help but take a photo with this man in a cardinal costume.
Streets cleared for Saint Patrick’s Day.
Street near my guesthouse.
I was looking for lip balm.
A street near my guesthouse.

A feeling I had was of delight and sadness.

Delightful to see old buildings survive the ages.

Sadness? Because there are plenty of old buildings in other parts of the world that get destroyed by conflict and war. Many of those old buildings were destroyed in Manila by the Japanese and the Americans in World War II. What if we still had those buildings?

See part 2 of my street photo walk here.See part 2 of my street photo walk here.

Photos: Saint Patrick’s Day Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland (Part 1 of 2)

Photos: Saint Patrick’s Day Festival Parade in Dublin, Ireland (Part 1 of 2)

I don’t remember the last time I attended a parade filled with performers and floats. It would probably be the Manila Pride March back in 2011. Since then we’ve had crazy performances like with my dragon boat team doing a Sinulog number.

The mood of the parade if you’re in the right places.

Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17. It’s the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (AD 385-461) who was the foremost saint of Ireland.

I met up with my colleagues who found a vantage point from Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The parade started at 12:00 PM local time but it didn’t reach our part of the route until about 1:30 PM. The weather was cold, the skies were sunny (heard that in the previous year it was snowing), and the crowds looked excited.

(I think the local population headed away from the city. Maybe the crowds were mostly tourists.)

I had a good time because it was watching a tradition. Here are some photos I took.

Looking for a place along the parade route.
They have some of the best views, eh?
Checking out the parade route.
Get your face painted!
I got a shamrock.
From the roof.



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