All over the world artists choose to create directly on the walls, buildings and streets. This series is dedicated to those works of art that eventually get painted over. Generally this artform, graffiti aka street art is unappreciated and thought of as a disfiguration to the wall it’s placed upon.
Did I ever tell you the story about Jake, myself and comedian Tom Briscoe in Dublin on Saint Patty’s Day? Well if you can imagine two rockers and the king of getting fired from jobs comedy ripping up the secret speakeasies, rocking out at the hidden gems in Temple Bar and drinking a bunch of Guinness and all the Irish coffees Ireland has to offer… You’ve got a great start for the day and be about 1/2 right.
A couple of years ago while we were touring the British Isles, we were fortunate enough to land in Dublin right on the blessed day. What’s funny is in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Day it’s sort of just another day, everyone celebrates but there’s no 10 AM drinking silliness with leprechauns and parades. (Don’t get me wrong we found plenty of tourists in Dublin willing to live up to that side of St. Patty’s Day!)
We started the day on the second floor of Mr. Briscoe’s favorite Dublin pub, O’Neill’s, which happens to be in the heart of Dublin right near to Trinity College. O’Neill’s offers a carvery… It’s like going to Sunday Dinner, Christmas, New Years Eve, American Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl all in one lovely homey pub. They offer am amazing selection of meats and fish for you to choose from along with tons of traditional sides. Trust me, come hungry and plan on leaving extra full.
After we filled our bellies, we wandered over to the Temple Bar neighborhood. Note: there is an establishment called “Temple Bar Pub” and the name also refers to the neighborhood surrounding the bar. Temple Bar has music pretty much 7 days a week. If you didn’t hear music in the streets, check out the many different bars for local artists performing both traditional Irish music as well as modern pop covers.
Many famous authors and artists hail from Dublin. It is and was a literary mecca for writers. Some very famous and classic authors hail from the fabulous city on the Liffey River like:
James Joyce, Ulysses
Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
Bram Stoker, Dracula
and of course Johnathan Swift, Gullivers Travels
Other artists that also hail from Dublin like U2, Bono, Sinead O’Connor all create a bit of tension when spoken about in the local pubs as people are very opinionate about their outspoken political and religious views.
So, we work on a cruise ship. That means we are constantly on the move. I used to think it would be glamorous to travel a lot. Think of a more elaborate “The Grand Budapest Hotel” minus the stolen painting part. Well, that’s certainly not how it is. But it is a damn fun way to live our lives.
We’ve been so many places in the last 3 years, I’m having a hard time keeping up with it on the blog. Every day the door has been opening on new destinations and I’m too busy just enjoying the hell out of every minute we have. It’s been a great challenge keeping motivated to get out there, to do and see more. I know you’re thinking I must be crazy and you’d kill for my life. I say, we’re very lucky. But as they say, walk a mile in someone else’s shoes.
I’ve done the math on our experiences and no amount of money could buy the things we’ve done. The best part is we can actually share our musical talents and love for living with all the people we come in contact with. We get to help spread joy and relaxation.
We’re young enough to enjoy very athletic activities and we do so. We’ve been biking in exotic destinations like Cozumel and Ensenada Mexico, Grand Turk, Dominica and more. We’ve zip lined over water falls in Costa Rica, climbed mountains in Alaska and Norway. Checked out ancient civilizations in Florence, Orkney and Edinburgh. Walked up to glaciers, weathered thunderstorms on the beach in Fiji, the floods of the freeways of Detroit and crashed a rental car in Tahiti.
I’ve spent 6 hours today going through photos from our travels as far back as March 2014 when we joined the Ruby Princess for a 5 month contract. I’m having a hard time narrowing them down to just a few. Guess I’ll just put up a bunch and you can tell me which ones you’d like to know more about.