I've always loved Dublin's Grand Canal, a watery path meandering through a succession of southside neighborhoods before heading out through inland Ireland to meet up with the River Shannon. I'd experienced the canal in bits and pieces before but on this trip I was writing a piece about the canal and I wanted to spend a bit more time along its banks. So I walked the canal from the Grand Canal Dock to the neighborhood of Dolphin's Barn, heading into the neighborhoods on either
I'm traveling in Ireland this week and spent yesterday fighting jet lag and checking in with some of my favorite spots in Dublin, one of my very favorite places in the world. When I lived here in the 1990s, I loved walking on the wide, watery stretch of Sandymount Strand and along the Poolbeg Penninsula. The light rain and fresh sea air were just the thing for my travel-addled head and I walked and remembered and looked forward to the week ahead.