Sightseeing in Dublin
Today we joined the Dublin City Tour, which is a good way of exploring
the history and culture of the city. The Tour lasts about 1 hour
and 15 minutes, but you can hop on and off whenever you like. On
our tour we passed the National Wax Museum, the Bank of Ireland,
the Trinity College, Temple Bar, the National Museum of Modern Art,
the Christ Church Cathedral and many other lovely spots.
When we passed the "Guinness Storehouse" we felt a strong
urge to hop off and enter it.The Guinness Storehouse is the home
of Guinness and
) It all began in
1759 when Arthur Guinness started brewing his famous porter which
is now produced around the world at the rate of over 10 million
glasses each day. No visit to Dublin is complete without enjoying
a complementary pint of Guinness with the best view of the city.
We took our chance and it was worth it! After so much ancient culture
we wanted to see something more up to date and that is why we have
entered the Irish Museum of Modern Art,
which is the leading Irish institution for the collection
and presentation of modern and contemporary art. The Museum is housed
in the magnificent 17th-century Royal Hospital building, whose ground
include a formal garden, meadow and medieval burial grounds.
We had the chance to see sculptures from the American artist Martin
Puryear and the Italian painter Francesco Clemente. There is also
an impressive ongoing exhibition featuring video installations among
other artworks. For example there is a video artwork by an Irish
artist about light boats, which are boats which were caused to sink
in order to show the depth of the water and warn other ships in
remote sea areas around Ireland.
Those two examples just give an impression of the enormous variety
of Dublin's sights and cultural heritage.
Karsten Kneese, Andrea Hinsberger
Temple Bar - A living European Project
During the 1990s the European Union supported a project which had
the aim to make the Temple Bar District become what it is today:
full of life and colors, a place to meet people of all cultures
and ages - a truly European space.
Before the project started Temple Bar was almost an "ugly scar
in Dublin's face", but nowadays it is one of the loveliest
spots one can imagine, visited by millions of tourists and known
all over the world.
Our group has seen both faces of Temple Bar District - from dusk
till dawn. In the daylight Temple Bar is quite a calm place for
visiting exhibitions in the "Art House" or watching alternative
movies in the " Irish Film Institute". But when daylight
starts to fade it seems to turn into a totally different world.
Your eyes can not find a place to rest because of the incredible
variety of things that would be worth to spent at least a night
We joined a crowd of people gathering in the street watching an
African limbo dancer. As a contrast to that we also spent some hours
in a bar listening to traditional Irish live music and dancing with
the locals. Starving as we were we split up into smaller groups
and entered the traditional fish and chips shop "Beshop's",
an Italian restaurant and a Kebab house, keeping in mind that even
food should be international as it could be.
A wonderful experience, Temple Bar seems to "celebrate"
internationality during the day and during the night.
Andrea Hinsberger & Karsten Kneese