This morning after Alan left for the office I got dressed and made my way to the mall next door to the hotel. After carting around my thick pea coat yesterday I was in the market for a lightweight jacket, preferably a trench. Well, a trench wasn’t to be had but I did manage to find something that I thought would suit me fine.
From there I jumped on the LUAS and made my way to Ranalegh, a neighborhood that on paper sounded like the perfect place for us to settle once we arrive here to live in a couple of months. Based on articles I’ve read I had some expectations of what I would find, and I have to admit that this tidy little village just outside the city center really wasn’t it. I’m not complaining mind you, I just expected it to be much larger – more like Rockridge than Montclair for those of you in the Oakland area who know what that means. There’s been a lot of talk about the well-to-do moms out with their expensive strollers and the shops and restaurants that are opening up all the time. Now, I don’t want to say that a couple of hours walking around the neighborhood qualifies me to cast judgement, but I didn’t notice anything like that at all, and I was there during the lunch hour when you’d expect all those mommies to be out and about. For the record, I saw two strollers. In putting our list together of what we want from a neighborhood, it has to have a grocery store, a post office, one or two coffee shops, a pub, and a couple of restaurants. In that capacity, Ranelagh delivers and then some. It was a really beautiful area that really felt more like a village several miles from the main part of the city instead of just three tram stops away. Unfortunately I didn’t take out my camera so you’ll just have to take my word for it. The problem we’re going to have with actually moving to Ranelagh is that it’s quite exclusive, with only a handful of rental properties on the market at any one time, and it’s priced to reflect that. The pricing isn’t any worse than we see in our current neighborhood, but many Dubliners have warned us about the high rental costs there.
After Ranelagh I took the LUAS back to the city center and walked around a bit looking for a bite to eat. I really wanted to get tea but for the life of me I couldn’t find a tea shop that looked what I wanted, and I didn’t fancy walking back over to the one we visited on our first day. In the end I wandered up and down a number of streets and ended up getting a really good pastrami sandwich from a very cute cafe called Meet & Meat. My stomach full of good eats, I wandered back to the hotel to work on some writing projects and then take a nap before meeting up with a friend of a friend for dinner.
After dinner at O’Neills, we parted ways with our new friend and then wandered over to and through Trinity College, a beautiful campus smack dab in the middle of the city center. It was after eight o’clock and so the large crowds you’d normally find there had all departed for the evening and we had the walkways nearly to ourself.