Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Ireland, Day 2

So, this was our DUBLIN day! We took the bus into the city and our first stop (with some shops along the way) was St. Patrick's cathedral. It was a beautiful building and we got there in time to hear the bells. All the flowers and bulbs were in full bloom and it was lovely. Next we headed to Christ's Church. There were many tents up in that area with great food. I devoured a mango chutney wrap with yummy chicken (my mouth is watering for it now!) Then we met a "real" leprechaun! There were many folks who really embraced the green!! Then we waited and waited for the parade. Right before it began, it rained on our parade, literally (not metaphorically though...nothing could stop our fun!) This parade was the most artsy I've ever seen. The costumes were really amazing. Out of the 10 bands that played, 8 were from the U.S....too funny! I loved watching the people most of all. Everyone was getting their green on! They were also very friendly and just overall happy! It was fun to be a part of the crowd. Last, we did some shopping and I found my new favorite store, AVOCA (it's like the Irish version of Anthropology), and we hit another one of my favs, Cath Kidston. We even saw a very Irish Mickey Mouse. In the last picture I'm holding a yummy green drink of apple spritzer...yum!