If you think of Ireland as dark, damp and dreary, you'd better think again.
Ireland is bright, vibrant and captivating.
We're delighting in a breezy, sunny, bracing Ireland with regular patches of blue skies and beguiling shadows that add depth and wonder to every scene.
All of the photos that you see above were taken in Dublin or within an hour's drive of the city.
This is our third day in Dublin and we're enjoying it immensely. There are busy, bustling streets and sidewalks one minute and then serene, verdant parks the next. The parks and public squares are beautifully maintained and the city's stores, museums, bookshops, libraries, galleries, coffee shops and eateries are alive with much activity and conversation.
The streets are packed with many young people from throughout Europe and the US and you get the sense of a nation on the move -- a welcoming nation with a distinct culture but an international sensibility.
Time spent in Ireland is time treasured!