|lunch in Bordeaux|
|the first pint of Guinness|
As I had only been to Ireland once and Culli has never been we opted to go for 5 days to give us time to explore. Thursday was wet and miserable so we took the DART train around Dublin Bay from Howth to Greystones, starting with the first pint of Guinness of the weekend in Howth. It is a lovely train ride with part of the track right on the edge of the coast, giving good (at least on a sunny day they would have been) views across the bay. The rain stopped long enough for us to have a wander around Bray, then hop back on the train for the remainder of the trip and back to Dublin.
On Friday as it was dry we opted to walk around the city, starting with a wander through the side streets where I discovered some fantastic street art.
Dublin is renowned for literature having been the home to many famous writers and we were amazed at the amount of book shops that still seem to be doing roaring trade, many of them selling seconds at bargain prices so I snapped up a book on linen and Culli one on woodturning. Next stop was the Chester Beatty library next to Dublin Castle which housed a fabulous collection of manuscripts, prints and early printed books from Asia, the Middle East and North Africa including Japanese picture scrolls and woodblock prints, a really lovely exhibition. Then on to The Gallery of Photography to see the current exhibition on life in Ireland with images from the 1890's to the present day. Finding ourselves in Temple Bar it was clearly time for a pint of Guinness, followed by a wander along the river, then a quick stop in Avoca a lovely shop with wool sweaters and scarves, tweeds and fabric before meeting the rest of the group in the pub. With the boys safely dispatched to the first rugby match we wandered down Grafton street listening to the buskers then had an early supper of fish and chips in Bewley's, the legendary cafe. The beautiful stained glass windows and busy restaurant was the perfect place to soak up a bit of atmosphere.
On Saturday Culli and I walked through St Stephen's Green to the lovely area of Georgian buildings around Merrion Square then into the National Gallery of Ireland for a wonderful exhibition of 'The Sketchbooks of J B Yeats'. This inspirational collection makes you just want to grab a book and draw, I left with vows of taking one with me from now on. If anyone wants to learn how to create a diary Sketchbook our next painting course at La Verderie in July will be on this subject with tutor Pamela Slater.
|Sketchbooks of Jack B Yeats|
|National Gallery of Ireland|
|The Church bar|
|a ghostly Irish dance|
|Retro Guinness advertising|
|View from the top of the Guinness Storehouse|
It was a warm sunny day, so we made the most of it by going on a tour of the city on an open top bus, followed by a bit more window shopping and then back to the hotel for a relaxing evening before returning to France on Monday.
Sketch book Workshop at La Verderie, France
7th - 12th July 2013