Dublin quick stay
Trip Start Dec 23, 2010
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Visited Bewleys Oriental Cafe, Queen of tarts Cafe, St Audoen's Medieval church, Met friend for dinner.
283 km and 4 hours later after a most boring trip across Irelend from Clifden in the beautiful Connemara west to Dublin in the east on the M6 we managed to negotiate our way to the highly recommended Marion House B&B, http://www.marianguesthouse.ie/ . The rooms were large and very nice with late 1800s furniture.
We parked round the back and spent 5 minutes trying to find a front door. That would have been easier if the 8 foot boards were not erected all around the construction happening in the front yard. Nobody mentioned this! Oh well the rooms were nice.
We were greeted by an over welcoming, bright, smallish young fellow with spikey red hair, slightly squeaky voice and a suit jacket 2 sizes too big... or is that all just a new gnomish fashion. He was very helpful to be fair.
We had only two agendas in Dublin and that was to wander the old centre and meet for dinner with an old colleague of Brian's, Eithne Kennedy. So that we did.
"Sited in the heart of the walled medieval city, St Audoen's Church is the only remaining medieval parish church in Dublin. It is dedicated to St Ouen the 7th century bishop of Rouen and patron saint of Normandy". http://www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/StAudoensChurch/
This site has some good photos of St Audoens church; http://www.sacred-destinations.com/ireland/dublin-st-audoen-church-photos/
We found a terrific cafe called the Queen of Tarts tucked away down a side lane. The french tarts (edible) and pastries are awesome. The French bakers make them all on the premises. What a find. http://www.queenoftarts.ie/gallery.html
Eithne, Helen and Brian met at a metro train station and headed off to an iconic cafe bewley’s oriental Cafe. Chech this site; http://www.virtualvisit-dublin.com/gallery.aspx?dataid=482530&title=Cafes
Beautiful stain glass windows,marble, art, woodwork and cool eating booths. We had some nice food and some laughs. Nice to see you again Eithne.
The next day we drove to the Dublin port ferry, loaded the car, drove from Holy Head to our little cottage in Ormskirk.