Saturday, 3 June 2017

Yesterday I read an announcement that Tall Ships have arrived in Dublin for Riverfest 2017. Also saw the poster below. Sounds good to me! It will be a bit of a walk to get there, but another opportunity to see more of the city and get over to the port area.

The River Liffey is only a few blocks from me, so I started my walk from there. So many bridges along the way. A well known bridge is the Ha’penny Bridge and officially known as the Liffey Bridge. It was built in 1816 and is made of cast iron. At a later date I’ll get a close-up picture of the bridge.

Another bridge is the Samuel Becket Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge. It joins Sir John Rogerson’s Quay on the south side of the river to Guild Street and North Wall Quay in the Docklands area. It opened in 2009.

Also along with way to the festival, I saw moving tribute to the famine in the mid 19th century outside the Customs Building.

One of the first events I saw was a speed boat race. Admission was free. There were about 6 tall ships, of various shapes and sizes, moored by the dock and open for people to visit. There were a number of food stands and other attractions. Much like you would expect at an event like this. If you didn’t know you were in Dublin, you wouldn’t know any different.

Took a picture of┬áBear Grylls’ rig. Not sure if he was expected to attend. He is from Northern Ireland.

And 3 Arena, a concert venue where many big acts perform when they perform in Dublin.

An interesting building (or buildings) that I saw. Located in the financial district.

As I exited the festival, I stood on a bridge and took a picture of the port and looking out to Dublin Bay and the Irish Sea. The Poolbeg Power Station (also known as Poolbed Stacks) with its two iconic chimneys which are listed for preservation.

I tried to get back into the festival but didn’t realize that the exit I took was one way. The person staffing the entrance said I would have to go back to the entrance. So, I just left for home.

On the way, I kept thinking about a casserole dish I saw at Tesco. It was around $14, so I decided to pick it up since it was on the way. Was also a little bit hungry so I stopped by McDonald’s – but just to taste test their cheeseburgers. (They tasted like all of the other McDonald cheeseburgers that I’ve eaten in various countries in Europe and Egypt.)

Once home, was hungry for Chinese food. Not sure why, but I was. I Googled to find a good Chinese restaurant nearby. I might have had Chinese food one other time in the past year. Did it taste the same? Kind of. In any case, it will be good for two dinners.

I also took a night time picture of the area outside my flat. On one side, the streetlights a lit with different colored lights. The open area, mainly paved with cobblestones and concrete pathways, extends for about 5 blocks.

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