Dublin easily keeps a traveler busy.  While we explored Dublin, we took in an assortment of traveler’s delights.

“Some experiences we enjoyed while in Dublin included the Kilmainham Gaol, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, An Evening of Food, Folklore, and Fairies @ Brazen Head pub, Temple Bar area, St. Ann’s Church, Phoenix Park, O’Connell Street, Millennium Spire, The Bank Restaurant, Trinity College, The Book of Kells, Pat Liddy’s Walking Tours, and the Hop-On/Hop-Off Dublin Tour.”

AN EVENING OF FOOD, FOLKLORE, AND FAIRIES

This experience was by far one of the best we’ve had while traveling.  Knowing that we would learn a bit about Irish history, eat in the oldest pub in Ireland (Brazen Head est. 1198), and hear tales about fairies, we were prepared to enjoy the evening.  We weren’t prepared to be inspired.  The Brazen Head pub in itself provided an experience, but about half hour after our arrival we became part of the building’s history – one of many who enjoyed storytelling and food.

Brazen Head

The oldest pub in Ireland.

What makes this event so wonderful is the intertwining of food, music, and stories – all spread over the evening in their own time.  First, the storyteller came into the dining room to introduce himself to the guests and outlined what’s to come.  We had the privilege of spending the evening with the ever-so-wonderful storyteller Johnny.  After the introduction, we ordered our food and beverage and talked to our table-mates.  A little while later, Johnny came into the room and educated us about Irish history and how the country was affected by the Potato Famine in the mid-1800s.  Shortly after his charming history segment, we enjoyed an appetizer and continued chatting with our table-mates.

Johnny, the storyteller, mesmerized us with his knowledge of Irish history and folklore.

Johnny, our storyteller, mesmerized us with his knowledge of Irish history and folklore.

A cozy room full of charm awaits guests to enjoy its hospitality.

A cozy room full of charm awaits guests to enjoy its hospitality.

Johnny came back in as appetizers were finished and proceeded to tell us some Irish folklore, and just how deep the folklore roots grow. Immediately after the folklore laughs and entertainment, the main course arrived as well as two musicians.  Traditional Irish song burst throughout the room by the men who not only brought musical talent, but their Irish wit. Dessert and Johnny arrived to provide us with the final round of evening.  WOW, what an experience. This fine dance of food, folklore, and fairies is a MUST DO if you visit Dublin!

NOTEWORTHY DUBLIN RANDOMNESS

The famous Millennium Spire.

The famous Millennium Spire.

Easily identifiable signs - love the clover.

Easily identifiable signs – love the clover.

This type of artwork found in St. Stephen's Green is found throughout the city.

This type of artwork found in St. Stephen’s Green is also found throughout the city.

Wildlife enjoying Phoenix Park.

Wildlife enjoying Phoenix Park.

A busy shopping street - O'Connell Street

A busy shopping street – O’Connell Street

St Ann's Church - the church where Bram Stoker tied the knot.

St Ann’s Church – the church where Bram Stoker tied the knot.

St Ann's Church from the inside.

St Ann’s Church from the inside.

We do not know the name of this pastry, but it was heaven in the mouth.  If you see something that looks like it - buy it - eat it - enjoy!  You can thank us later!

We do not know the name of this pastry, but it was heaven in the mouth. If you see something that looks like it – buy it – eat it – enjoy! You can thank us later!

 

In a narrow little path we came upon Little Italy.  This mural resides on the patio of a restaurant.  The Last Supper, modern version.

In a narrow little path we came upon Little Italy. This mural resides on the patio of a restaurant. The Last Supper, Dublin version.

 

While walking the city, we came upon this art - we heart it.

While walking the city, we came upon this art – we heart it.

If you did not know, Trenquilla has a mild obsession for Tokidoki products, so naturally she needed to snap a photo of the Toki Doki location in Dublin.

If you did not know, Trenquilla has a mild obsession for Tokidoki clothing and accessories, so naturally she needed to snap a photo of the Toki doki noodle bar in Dublin.

A statue of Molly Malone resides on Grafton Street.  One of the brilliant quirks about the Irish is their ability to  give names to statues.  This one they affectionately call "The Tart With A Cart."

A statue of Molly Malone resides on Grafton Street. One of the brilliant quirks about the Irish is their ability to give names to statues. This one they affectionately call “The Tart With A Cart” OR “The Dish with the Fish” OR “The Dolly with the Trolley” OR “The Trollop with the Scallops” OR “The Flirt in the Skirt.”

It is not uncommon to see a leprechaun hanging out next to the tart with a cart.

It is not uncommon to see a leprechaun hanging out next to the tart with a cart.

Peace out,

The Franci

 

What’s next?  Blarney Castle