Lost & Found: Baile Átha Cliath
1-3 August 2007

This is strictly not a Lost and Found but the Emma and Tom Fantasy Tour of Dublin (with Miranda as sidekick).  Thank you!

Eat at:

  • Shelbourne Hotel - Delightful high tea in an elegant room overlooking St Stephen's Green. A perfect shelter from the rain (57 consecutive days!) with the Sunday papers, lounging on a cushy couch. Designer tea, 3 tiers of cakes, scones, tarts and sandwiches - and you could have more of everything for free! With my gigantic appetite, a bargain for 29 euros (especially compared to London).

  • Salamanca Restaurant - an enormous selection of tapas and a buzzy atmosphere on Saturday night. A great meal for 25 euro. Highly recommend the paella.
  • The Breakfast Club - nice village cafe serving your breakfast favourites, though weirdly with chips/fried potatoes. Perhaps that's just an Irish thing?

Drink at:

Oleysa's Wine Bar - romantically lit wine bar, very reminiscent of Melbourne. Highly recommend the Chereau Carre rose. Food looked good too.

Shop at:

  • Sunday markets at Dun Laoghaire - unfortunately a washout when we were there, but a local market full of yummy food. I exported 5 scones to London.
  • Hodges Figgis - Ireland's largest bookstore with an enormous collection of Ireland related books. I bought a cute children's book of Old Tales from Ireland (with accompanying CD - let's hope the Northern Irish accent is comprehensible).

To Do:

  • Take daggy tourist shot #1: in front of Fitzgerald's pub in Avoca, as featured in the TV show Ballykissangel. Not that I've ever watched it. But if it's good enough for the pensioners' tour of Avoca, it's good enough for me.

  • Take daggy tourist shot #2: Meeting at the Waters where Ireland's national poet, Thomas Moore, wrote his poems. We searched in vain for the famous tree stump where he sat to write (although possibly just made up by Miranda). Again, never heard of the guy before, but the pensioners were leading the way.

  • Visit Dublin Writer's Museum, a small and very interesting museum exploring the enormous number writers that Dublin has produced over the years.  Another shot at Ulysses perhaps?
  • Walk along the long sandy beach at Brittas Bay and admire the hardiness of the Irish in their swimsuits in the face of wind and cold.

  • Stroll around the churchyard surrounding St Kevin's 6th century monastery at Glendalough. There's a mysterious round tower with no entrance...

Leprechaun moment:

My four leaf clover!

Shelbourne Hotel - 27 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

Salamanca Restaurant - 1 St Andrew's Street, Dublin 2

The Breakfast Club - 51 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh Dublin 6

Oleysa's Wine Bar, 18 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

The Mill at Avoca Village, Co. Wicklow

Sunday markets at People's Park, Dun Laoghaire

Hodges Figgis - 57 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Dublin Writer's Museum - 18 Parnell Square, Dublin 1