Annual Leave to use up? Day trip to Dublin? Why not?
Get some Street Art photos while there? Of course.
I like to go to Dublin at least once a year, just to see how things are, have a walk about. Possibly even take in an event if i’m staying overnight (Ahem, 2024 UEFA Cup Final)
In this visit, there wasn’t much else to report, had a walk about the city and that was it.
I was hoping there would have been a decent Sunset while I was there (my train was at 7pm so I would have been there for it and not rushing for my train) but that was thwarted by the dull weather.
Ha’penny Bridge or St Stephen’s Green would have been a perfect location for photos as well.
Having been to Dublin numerous times, I know my way about.
Of course, that means I know where all the Street Art is.
I wasn’t looking for it, but it found me.
The first piece I saw was a mural of the film Metropolis, which you may be familiar as the inspiration for the video for Radio Ga Ga by Queen.
There was also a large scale mural to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Brazil’s Independence.
Due to it being in an area with heavy traffic, this was a difficult one to photograph.
I had to wait for the lights to go green (as opposed to cars queuing up at a red light and blocking the view) and for there to be no traffic to get the shot
Thankfully, it was worth it when I got the shot.
As well as this, I also managed to get photos of electric boxes which have been painted, presumably as part of Dublin Canvas.
I even managed to get a photo of a Jimi Hendrix mural.
Using up more Annual Leave, I headed to Derry on the Friday for a day trip.
Same as Dublin, I hadn’t been this year, so why not head over for a walkabout and see what there is.
In truth, it was a bit of a meh day.
The weather was dull, and there was no new Street Art to photograph.
I did see Street Art, but it was pieces that I photographed last year.
Whenever I go somewhere and don’t get many photos, it does feel like a wasted journey.
It wasn’t all a wasted trip. I did manage to get a bargain bundle of football programmes in a Charity Shop.
Did a bit of celeb spotting, Colum Eastwood on his phone looking a bit annoyed and forlorn in Foyleside Shopping Centre.
I was hoping to have a full day. The last time I headed to Derry, I ended up getting the 6.38pm train home.
Not quite the same this time, heading home on the 3.38pm train.
Which was quite handy as I missed the commuters travelling home from Derry to Coleraine/Ballymena.
On a related note, why is this train not every 30 minutes at least?
My original hope was to be there and maybe try and get some Sunset photos from the Peace Bridge of the Greenway that leads to North West Transport Hub.
Nope. I was drenched, and I had done and seen (Yellow Yard, Bedlam, SmartSwag, Society Street Market) all that I wanted to see.
Of course, the sun came out as I was boarding the train. Looks like I could have stayed and some Sunset photos.
Instead, I observed the Sunset from the train, which was a nice experience. Would recommend it.
I might leave Derry to every two years, or I might go during the Summer months with more daylight.
If i’m leaving the city at 3.38pm, I might take a detour to Castlerock Beach on the way home, and maybe explore more of the North West rather than exclusively being in the City Of Derry.
The train ride has been described as one of the most spectacular in the world (although, not as good as Bray to Greystones).
It is worth pointing out, that is only between Coleraine and Derry. Belfast to Coleraine isn’t much to write home about.
Just on a train, casually going past an airport runway, oh and going alongside a beach as well, like it’s perfectly normal and no big deal.
So, two day trips which didn’t go as planned in terms of photos, but I did end up seeing some new Street Art and getting a bargain bundle of football programmes, so not all bad.
Dublin Street Art – November 2021
Dublin Street Art – July 2019
Dublin Street Art – November 2018
Dublin Street Art – July 2017
Dublin Street Art – May 2016
Dublin Street Art – June 2015
Dublin Street Art – July 2014
Dublin Street Art – August 2013