Memoirs of a World Traveller...

We are all but travellers in this world...!

Sunday, May 22, 2005

Triton Lake and PowersCourt Gardens

Breathtaking fact the green lands in this area has served as the shooting locations for movies such as 'Braveheart' !

Wicklow Mountain

In the background can be see the Wicklow Mountains.

'Spitting Men'

Shown here is the 'Spitting Men' originally from Milan and bought in Paris in 1872 and between them the Sun dial that reads 'I only mark the sunny hours'...!
One More Fountain

Triton Lake in PowersCourt

The fountain in the center of the lake is based on the fountain in the Piazza Barberini in Rome

Powerscourt Gardens

47 acres of gardens...Green as ever...Ireland at its best!
Consists of fountains and Japanese and Italian gardens as well...

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Stephen's Green Shopping Center

Well...I thought I would break the monotony of Castles and show some
different stuff like a shopping mall. Stephen's Green is a shopping center in Dublin City Center and is on Grafton Street - which is one of Dublin's most prominent shopping areas.
Check out: for more...

The Olympia Theatre

Dating back to the 1800s, this Victorian music hall-style theatre has a capacity of 1,300. It presents an eclectic schedule of variety shows, musicals, operettas, concerts, ballet, comedy, and drama. As a variation, for the late-night crowd, live bands are often featured after regular programs.

Special License Plate

Observe the car parked with a special number plate - 05-D-1 which denotes D-Dublin...

Well it used to be easy getting special number plates in India until recently. Now getting a special number plate for a 4-wheeler in Bangalore is a premium and costs Rs.25,000/-

Trinity Lord Mayors House

Trinity Lord Mayors House...

This is the residence of the Mayor of Dublin

National Wax Museum

National Wax Museum - Looks interesting! Dint go in though. And that's a model of a giant from Irish mythology shown on the doors of the museum...

More On Malahide

Malahide, which means "on the brow of the sea" is a village nine miles north of Dublin. The castle is close to the village and is built on a small rise which commands a view of the bay. There are many magnificent oaks, chestnuts and sycamores dating to the days of the Tudors. The hall of the castle is one of the purest specimens of Norman architecture but it is not known whether it dates from the reign of Henry IV or from that of Edward IV when the original building was considerably enlarged and embellished. The circular towers flanking the facade were added in 1765.

The Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle - The Home of the Talbots.

Malahide Castle is very unique in Ireland because the Talbot family managed to keep control of the castle for 791 years. The Talbot family began their reign in 1185 and ended in 1976 despite a short interlude, 1649 to 1660, while Cromwell marched through Ireland. The lands and harbor of Malahide were granted to Richard Talbot in 1185, one of the knights who arrived in Ireland with Henry II in 1174. According to Burke's Peerage, Richard Talbot or de Talbot was the common ancestor of the Lords of Malahide and of the Earls of Shrewsbury.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

View of Dublin From Guinness Storehouse...

A View of Dublin from Guiness Storehouse...!

The Guinness StoreHouse

Guiness Storehouse in Dublin - went on a tour of the brewery. Its one of the tallest buildings in the city and gives a very good view of the entire city. Guiness is today sold in about 150 countries worldwide. More info here

Bewleys Hotel

Looks like another castle but thats Bewley's Hotel @ Ballsbridge. This is the hotel where I am currently staying. Quite a big hotel with about 500 rooms. More information here.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Dublin Castle

The Dublin Castle - Dublin Castle is situated in the very heart of historic Dublin. In fact the city gets its name from the Dubh Linn or Black Pool (dubh = black), on the site of the present Castle Gardens and Coach House.

In August 1204, King John of England commanded the erection of a (larger) strong castle, with strong walls and good ditches, for the defence of the city, administration of justice and safe custody of treasure. It was completed by 1230 and the Great Courtyard (Upper Castle Yard) of today corresponds closely with the fortification. Posted by Hello

Trinity College - Dublin

Thats Trinity College in Dublin, the college has been there since 1592. More at: Posted by Hello

St Patrick's Cathedral - Dublin, Ireland

OK, so, I am in Dublin Ireland now. Will be here for the whole of May...

St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.