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Ha’penny Bridge

One of the most graceful bridges across the River Liffey in Dublin is the Ha’penny bridge, so called because that was the toll charged to pedestrians wishing to cross from one side of the river to the other.

The Temple Bar area is to the right of the picture and this shot is looking towards O’Connell bridge. This bridge can’t be seen, but the large building behind the bridge shows approximately where it is.

On the left is the boardwalk alongside the Liffey. I used to like walking along this in my lunch hour.

At Bewley’s

Bewley’s is a Dublin institution. Sadly the one which I’d visited previously on Westmoreland Street is now closed, but the iconic cafe on Grafton Street is still open for business. On the second floor there is a theatre which has lunchtime and evening performances. The Boomtown Rats often met here and the plaque on the left of the picture (part of Dublin’s Rock n’ Roll Music trail) says that this where ‘Rat Trap’ was written by Bob Geldorf.

Bewley’s dates from 1840 and this cafe from the 1920s. Inside is all Art Deco, potted palms, waitresses dressed in black with starched white aprons and caps plus attentive service. We had breakfast here after our very early morning flight to Dublin airport.