I loved streets full of busy shops and eateries - each one was different and each one seemed to be thriving. Living in a small town here is entirely different. Over the years, small towns have lost their small businesses. Most downtown areas are struggling at best, shuttered at worst. Small town life in the US usually feels depressing, but there it feels...I don't know...rooted? And I loved that everyone walked or biked and that public transportation was so accessible.
Oh, and since this is a stitching blog after all, I know you're all probably wondering if any of the lovely towns I visited had a stitching or needlework shop. I would have thought that a city the size of Dublin might have a needlework shop... Sadly, no. Fabric shops that crossed my path were exactly that - fabrics. And not much of it. I know that there are quilt shops, but they were in cities that we weren't visiting.
I found one shop in Dublin that advertised lots of trims and fabrics (The Woollen Mills) and I hoped to find some needlework supplies, but there was only one display of Anchor Threads, Aida on bolts, and a spinner rack of Dimensions kits. I thought I had a glimmer of hope when I saw one of the workers stitching. So I asked her if there were any shops that catered to needleworkers specifically. She was a little miffed that I didn't think that the Anchor display and spinner rack were adequate. Well, whatever.
So - here are some city and town pictures!
|ONeill's Pub in Dublin|
|For Carol, my librarian friend|
|Busy Half Penny Bridge. I'm up there, somewhere.|
|Awesome little cafe outside Dublin Castle, where we ate this:|
|Not exactly Weight Watchers fare, but it was VACATION!|
|Busy street in Kilkenny|
|Pub entertainment in Bray|
|More pub fare|
|Kilkenny side street|
|Also in Kilkenny. I mean, really. I pink shop that sells chocolate? What's not to love?|