We took a few days away from the "no water" craziness and jumped over to Dublin for three nights. I had not been to Ireland for about 12 years...boy has it changed! There is a lot of new money in Dublin. When they say Celtic Tiger they aren't kidding!
I was very impressed by many of the new Irish designers. If you go to Ireland you must go to the Kilkenny design...really nice. I also went to see the book of Kells and the long room at the Trinity library, the National Gallery (love that place,) and took a 1916 Revolution tour which was really entertaining and informative. Finally we drank Guiness at least once a day...it tastes so much better when it is poured in Ireland! The photo at the top left is me in front of the statue of James Connelly (one Irish rebels of 1916...it has a bit of a Leninist look to the statue but since Connelly was a bit of a socialist himself I guess it fits.)
The second photo is of some street signs that just made me laugh...Dublin isn't the best for signs so if you go definately get a map! Note these signs show you can go North, West, and South all at the same time!
On the water-front...we have some water only we still can't drink it! It may be a few weeks before the water is clean. They have done a good job of keep us informed and supplied with water so I have no complaints.