These are the adventures of Andy and Sally Rawnsley on their narrowboat "The Puzzler". We have been living on the boat for over nine years now and are still loving it. Our Ulster born Shih Tzu, Shannon, has grown up, and has taken over the boat! After three wonderful years in Ireland, we transported The Puzzler to The Netherlands, and spent a year there. In 2015 we went southwards, to reach the north of France by June. After glorious weather throughout the summer, we arrived in Roanne in late October, and enjoyed our winter in this friendly port. We cruised extensively in France in 2016 and 2017, returning to Roanne each winter.
Saturday, 21 July 2012
12th July. In Dublin's Fair City!
Oscar Wilde was reclining on a stone in the park.
The bell tower dominates the main quadrangle of Trinity College. Apologies for the angle. It does stand up straight!
There was a splendid maple tree beyond the bell tower.
This sculpture, called Sphere with Sphere, is in the college grounds, and we found it fascinating.
The Book of Kells is also kept within this building. It was written over 1000 years ago, and has been at Trinity College since 1661.
Trinity College is a blend of old and new architecture. The building on the left has been likened to The Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Andy went on sentry duty outside Dublin Castle.
These Irish doors are very traditional.
Next we crossed to the north of the River Liffey to see O'Connell Street, with its many stores and decorated buildings.
The detail on the frieze was wonderful.
This pub is in the Temple Bar area, which is definitely the part of Dublin for a good night out!
This sculpture of Famine Victims, on the north bank of the Liffey, was very poignant.
Five minutes later the bus was back on the road, to continue its tour of Dublin.