Originally Posted by acidicboy
what about linens and sweaters? isn't Ireland a good place to get those?
yeah. they're good for that, though you'd probably get a better selection in more traditional spots on the Aran Islands, or in Galway. ----------------------------------------------------- Check out the Irish Design Centre at 59 s. william st. for a lineup of what modern irish design has to offer, and Avoca for the hand woven blankets and stuff. The Avoca restaurant down in Wicklow is also awesome if you get the chance to go down there. Walk through Stephens Green, and then maybe duck into Stephen's Green shopping centre to check out the design of their building and get a taste of how their mall stores are just as bad as Americas. The ceiling of this building is vaulted and looks really cool though. Walk through Trinity College. Drink in Temple Bar and visit the record stores. Brown Thomas is pricey and has the latest designer gear... I wouldn't look for a deal anywhere in Dublin though.. it's not going to happen. Instead go to their national art gallery. It's free! Irish Film Centre has a great independent film screens too and they often feature Irish films. I also don't like Howth all that much, and it's going to feel like Antarctica this time of year with the way the wind gets out there. Instead, check out Dalkey for a cool village atmosphere and to check out the coast line, since it's just a few stops down on the Dart (dublin's train). Bono and others live there, but whatever... the town itself is really cool. It will also be cold, but I don't think anything would be as bad as Howth. Also, a cool bar that attracts the good looking young crowd is Cafe en Seine on 40 Dawson St Dublin 2. It has a really over the top interior and a lot of lovely ladies at night when it turns from cafe to bar. If the weather cooperates I do suggest taking a hike into the mountains in Wicklow or Dublin, or at the very least hike up to Bray head for a quick 20 minute hike... and then head to "Pizzas and Cream" by Bray's train station for some of the best pizza and ice cream anywhere. Seriously though... Go eat there... it's excellent and not expensive by Dublin standards. The theatre scene is also brilliant. Check to see what's on at the Abbey and the Gate. Both are good venues for live theatre. Bleu Bistro Moderne is recommended for a nice dinner out, and it's right next to the Mansion House (home of the Lord Mayor). I was in Howth back in the summer and it was cold then when I was wearing a jacket. The seafood sucks in Howth too outside of fish, oysters and guinness.
If you have any specific interests or questions just shoot me a pm. I'm pretty familiar with the city... I have no idea why I just wrote this book... also.. the weather in Dublin right now is absolutely awful. Freezing cold and blustery winds that will burn your face.