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Dublin Snapshots

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Dublin

This memorable statue is Molly Malone, wheeling her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow. People line up to be photographed with her. I was very impressed by the mother’s fiery red hair colour (no idea whether it’s real). We spent about 8 hours in Dublin, flying in and out in one day.

Below: Ha’penny Bridge, built in 1816 over the River Liffey. Its official name is the Liffey Bridge, although its original name was the Wellington Bridge. It was nicknamed the Ha’penny Bride because that was the toll for crossing it.

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Tired leprechaun about to remove his head.

Dublin

Ireland’s first parliament building, now a Bank of Ireland.

Dublin

In 2012, Ireland ranked fourth in beer consumption world-wide.

Dublin

Lots of tourist junk sold everywhere.

Dublin

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Manchester Town Hall

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Manchester Town Hall

The Manchester Town Hall, completed in 1877, is a Victorian neo-Gothic building for the local city council and government offices.  Unfortunately, most of it was closed when I was there, so I took photos of staircases that I wasn’t allowed to explore. However, I was allowed to take photos. Photography is permitted.

This guy looks like he’s checking his mobile phone.

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

Manchester Town Hall

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Manchester in the Rain

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Manchester

It was cold and rainy most of the weekend–a normal Manchester summer. I took these photos in the Northern Quarter neighbourhood of Manchester, close to the Craft and Design Center.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

“Tib Street Horn,” sculpture by David Kemp.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

I spotted this building while drinking coffee in Waterstones, Manchester city center.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester is filled with Victorian buildings.

Manchester

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Manchester Craft and Design Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 4, 2013

Manchester

The Manchester Craft and Design Center is housed in a renovated Victorian fish and poultry market, about 10 minutes’ walk from the Arndale Center. It contains two floors of artists’ studios and a small café. I didn’t buy anything. I just walked around and took a few photos. Much cheaper. 🙂

Manchester

Glass mosaic studio.

Manchester

Studio interior. There was a work room on the left and a display room on the right. The box compartments hold small cards decorated with buttons.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

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Manchester Wall Art

Posted by Avital Pinnick on July 3, 2013

Manchester

I know I’ve been neglecting my blog somewhat, although I have been taking pictures! I got derailed by changing jobs within the company and by more travel. I had to go to Utrecht again for a marathon 36-hour work session (I managed 5 hours of sleep in the middle) and I went to Manchester last weekend for a family-related visit. The Utrecht trip was my last sojourn as a technical writer. I’m currently retraining as an Integration and Testing Engineer. The move was approved today. 🙂

Manchester was cold and wet, like Israel in February. I was in the Northern Quarter neighbourhood for a couple hours and took these photos of wall art. The stairs in the first photo had bikes wired to the railing.

Manchester

Manchester

Manchester

 

Steel tree sculpture by David Hyde, on the Afflecks Arcade, Oldham Street, Manchester.

Manchester

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