Wednesday, May 17, 2017

European Vacation - Ireland - Dublin (again)

After visiting Galway for a couple of nights we then returned to Dublin.  Here I was able to visit several book stores I'd previously missed.

The first was Chapters on Parnell Street.  This book store is huge.  The ground floor sells new books...

... while on the first floor there are literally thousands of second hand books for sale.  This store is very impressive and has to be visited when in Dublin.

I also managed to visit this small second hand book store at the other end of Parnell Street.  But after I asked the owner if he had any James Bond novels he explained that Ian Fleming's books are "too old to stock them".  His accent was so strong I actually thought he said he had "two on his shelf" and stood there like an idiot waiting for him to point them out to me before I realised what he'd said.

Every Saturday at Temple Bar Square there's a book market.  However as we arrived late from Galway they were just packing up and only one stall remained.

And finally, here's some more photos from our trip:

Trinity College including the fantastic Long Room containing thousands of old books.  This building was used as an inspiration for the Jedi Archives in Star Wars.  We also saw the Book of Kells which was amazing considering it was written around the year 800

Another building in Trinity College

And some photos of the ancient tomb in Newgrange between Dublin and Belfast  The centre chamber is approx. 6 metres tall, covered in tonnes of rock.  Although no photos are allowed in the tomb it is possible to take photos of the entrance and the giant engraved stone. The tomb was built prior to Stone Henge and the pyramids of Giza

European Vacation - Ireland - Galway

Next stop on our holiday in Ireland was Galway, just two hours drive from Dublin.  We stayed near the Spanish Arch which is the touristy part of town.


My wife identified several book stores in Galway prior to arriving however we only had time to visit one; Charlie Byrne's Bookshop on Middle Street.

This is a fantastic store with heaps of second hand books all well organised.  I took these photos as well as finding six Bond novels.  Unfortunately I had all the covers.

We also saw this book store selling new books but it was closed.

And finally here's some more photos from our time in Galway:

Small lake on the way to Kylemore Abbey
Kylemore Abbey and the little Gothic Church
View from Connemara National Park
Dunguaire Castle
The Cliffs of Moher
Galway Cathedral

Thursday, May 11, 2017

European Vacation - Ireland - Dublin

My wife and I have just kicked off our European holiday which will include four countries in five weeks.  We're also stopping in Singapore on the way home for a couple of nights.

First stop is Dublin.  To get to know the city we took a hop on-hop off tour which obviously, being Ireland, included a lot of literary locations and birth places.
Near the end of the tour we hopped off at The Winding Stair on Ormond Quay Lower.  They had a small section of second-hand books but no Bonds.
We then walked over the River Liffer via the Ha'penny Bridge to Oxfam Books on Parliament Street.  The staff inside we're very helpful but unfortunately no Bonds here either.  They did direct me to other book stores though.
Next stop was The Gutter Bookshop also in Temple Bar.  This store sells new books.
We then made our way to Connelly Books on Essex Street.  This is in The New Theatre.  They have a small selection of second-hand books but again I couldn't find any Bonds.  They seem to be very popular here in Dublin.
We then went for a longer walk and somehow ended up at Ulysses Rare Books on Duke Street.  They currently have no Fleming's in stock but the store looked great and the staff were very helpful.  They also directed me to some other book stores.
Hodges Figgis sells new books and is just around the corner from Ulysses Rare Books on Dawson Street.  They had heaps of Bond's in stock including a copy of the just released Young Bond novel "Red Nemesis" by Steve Cole, along with all the other books in this series.
On Grafton Street we walked past Dubray which sells new books.
We also saw Eason which sold new books too.
And finally we made our way to the George's Street Arcade where Stokes Books can be found.  They had lots of second-hand books but unfortunately no Bonds.

While travelling around Dublin I also took a few photos.  Here's a few of them.
I also noticed this Bond related advertisement too...