I've recently moved building and while my old commute was much quicker - get off the train at Connolly Station and 5 minute walk to my office - my new commute brings me past some interesting buildings and sights in Dublin. This make the fifteen minute walk a little nicer!
I now get the train to the Docklands station which is literally at the back of the Convention Centre. There is not a great view from the back or the side of the building, but wow, what a building from the front! I'll post a pic of the Convention centre further on down in the blog but first let me show you the bridge I cross every morning and that I had to cross, in order to get the photo of the full Convention Centre into the frame:
It's a pretty cool bridge in my opinion.
It was designed with the intention of representing a harp (which is the national emblem of Ireland). And I think from this angle below this is very evident:
I like this pic with the Convention Centre showing through the harp "strings".
Here is a pic of the Convention Cente straight on:
I am sure this photo does not show the scale of the building. It is huge!!!
I have attended a couple of work events at the centre and it is very nice (and big!) inside. But I especially like it at night when they light up each tier with different colours.
The red boat (Liffey Tour Boat) in the centre of the pic, is very flat and goes quite fast. It reminds me of a serpent the way it cuts through the water.
Next interesting sight I see is this:
Wahey! Palm trees in Dublin!
Also, a very interesting old chimney stack which must be from an old factory located along the river. The factory is long gone, but I am glad the chimney stack is still here.
Right beside the chimney stack is this playground:
If I had children I'd bring them to this playground alot! It looks like a lot fun.
The mext building I pass, is my favourite building of the commute:
The Grand Canal Theatre.
I love the red sculptures outside. Particularly at night when parts of each "tube" are illuminated.
The view when you have your back to the theatre.
Again, another view, looking out from the theatre.
Staying in the docklands, I pass by a cute little marina with Bolands Mills in the background.
For those of your who know your Irish History I am sure you are well aware of the significance of this building in the 1916 Easter Rising.
For those of you who are not familiar with the 1916 Rising, the mills building was where one of the main garrisons and De Valera were located.
Check out these links for more info: http://www.irishtimes.com/focus/easterrising/saturday/ or http://theirishrising.blogspot.com/2010/04/bolands-mills.html
I like this building alot. I wish it was better preserved.
Next up I go under a very low bridge with some nice cobblestone underfoot:
It's very low! Feels like a little tunnel when you are in it!
Finally, last "interesting" building before I arrive at my office is the Treasury Building (current tenanted by NAMA & NTMA).
The lest said about the tenants is probably best (that's for another day's post).
But can I just say that that sculpture of a person climbing up the wall really freaks me out!!!!