Friday, June 26, 2015

Dublin: Day 1

After fairly extensive nap at hotel, I explored the city by foot & then attended a fantastic 3 hour "Literary Pub Tour" where two actors performed readings and theater pieces by the writers of Ireland.  First we were treated to a short scene from Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and learned about the origins of the play (Beckett's time with his partner living underground in France during the war when there was literally nothing to do but wait.). After the time at the pub, we walked to Trinity College where they performed (always in character) writings from Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and others. Three more pubs and then the Quiz where I won second place and a (tiny) bottle of Irish Whiskey (going to my friend's son who requested I bring him back some whiskey.). Today, I have a historical walking tour this morning, perhaps followed by the "Rebellion Tour" later in the day.

Weather is perfect: cool, cloudy, with some misty rain.  Last night I met two people from Vancouver who had just completed the Dingle Way walk: my first sighting of anyone who has actually done the walk.  The guy said it was a "bit of a stretch" for him, but both found it spectacularly beautiful!  And they reassured me that it was well marked, but required attention.

Characters from James Joyce's "Ulysses"

Pub where we began literary pub crawl

Another Joyce character

Pharmacy from the novel referred to as the "worst pharmacy in Dublin" and where there are daily readings of Joyce in assorted languages.

                              Pub where we started the literary tour.

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