Painting the town red

In the run-up to Hallowe’en and coinciding with the Bram Stoker Festival, some of Dublin’s iconic buildings have been given a blood-hued makeover. During a flying visit to my old hometown, I spotted a few flushed buildings; some more sanguine than others. The Mansion House sported a delicate pastel rose…

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…while the Bank of Ireland in College Green was a mix of cherries and cream…

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…but the Royal College of Surgeons got it right with a blood-curdling burst of crimson that glowed deep into the night sky.

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Spooky!

xxx Ailsa

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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41 Responses to Painting the town red

  1. aj vosse says:

    You were in town and didn’t share a pint? BAD!! 😉

  2. tashterd says:

    Kewl pix. been dying to go there.

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I had no idea you’re from Ireland 🙂

  4. joanfrankham says:

    great shots, especially the last blood curdling one!

  5. The Royal College won the contest!

  6. This looks amazing! An apt way to celebrate Bram Stoker! 🙂

  7. Expat Eye says:

    Great pics of my home town (too!) 🙂

    • ailsapm says:

      Just checked out your blog on living in Latvia, have you been there long? That cake looks delish! 🙂 Ailsa

      • Expat Eye says:

        Hi Ailsa, I’ve been here for just over 3 years! They’ve finally broken me and made me bake something. One of my students was so happy – she’s convinced a man will love me now haha! 🙂 It was really, really good actually! Now I have a load of flour and stuff so I suppose I should try to make something else!

  8. Expat Eye says:

    And now, thanks for following! 🙂 Linda.

  9. restlessjo says:

    I rather like a blushing building, but the gentle blush is my favourite 🙂

  10. nerdtrips says:

    That is fantastic! I will need to look up the Bram Stoker festival. We just went to see Dracula as a “play on the move.” You move with the actors through the ruins of a 19th century boarding school in Ellicott City, Maryland – spooky and fun.

    • ailsapm says:

      Ooh, I love that kind of drama on the move, I once saw a production of A Midsummer NIght’s Dream at a stately home in the north of England, it moved between the house and the surrounding gardens, so much fun.

      • nerdtrips says:

        I was in London this summer, and we were on the hunt for the blue plaques that mark writers’ homes. We got Bram Stoker on our first day!
        The group that did the play on the move was the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, so they usually do Shakespeare. Going to a play like that in England though sounds amazing!

  11. Very nice, did you get to see the Fire Garden in Dublin Castle? It was a stunning show, 🙂

  12. markd60 says:

    Red and green, looks Christmas-ey.

  13. Agree Royal College hands down! Happy halloween.

  14. Kind of pretty. Oh Oh! What does that say about me?! Great shots, Ailsa.

  15. Tina Schell says:

    Fun post Ailsa, happy Halloween!

  16. Great shots, Ailsa. Wonderful color!

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