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…
…while the Bank of Ireland in College Green was a mix of cherries and cream…
…but the Royal College of Surgeons got it right with a blood-curdling burst of crimson that glowed deep into the night sky.
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.
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You were in town and didn’t share a pint? BAD!! 😉
Don’t worry, I’ll be back, AJ, just doing a little walkabout right now. When I’m back in town, you’re on! 🙂
Looking forward to that!! You can bet on that!! See you soon… 😆
Kewl pix. been dying to go there.
Definitely worth a visit when you have a chance, Tash!
would luv it.
I had no idea you’re from Ireland 🙂
Might explain my love of storytelling, Gilly 😉
great shots, especially the last blood curdling one!
Thanks Joan, it certainly got me in the mood for Hallowe’en! 🙂
The Royal College won the contest!
By a long shot! It looked very spooky indeed. 🙂
This looks amazing! An apt way to celebrate Bram Stoker! 🙂
Definitely; Dracula would feel right at home 🙂
Great pics of my home town (too!) 🙂
Just checked out your blog on living in Latvia, have you been there long? That cake looks delish! 🙂 Ailsa
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!
And now, thanks for following! 🙂 Linda.
Waiting for the recipe for that cake, Linda! 😉
There’s a link to it in the post – just follow the pictures and don’t worry too much about measurements. If it worked for me, clearly it’s hard to go wrong with!
Good luck! 🙂
I rather like a blushing building, but the gentle blush is my favourite 🙂
Mine too, Jo, although perhaps more appropriate for Valentine’s Day rather than Hallowe’en 🙂
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.
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.
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!
Very nice, did you get to see the Fire Garden in Dublin Castle? It was a stunning show, 🙂
It was all booked out by the time I read about it, Ed, did you get to see it? It sounded amazing.
Sure was, im writting about it exclusivly for the fairytaletraveller.com, It should be going online pretty soon. Or I will be posting images on my website and Facebook page 🙂
Looking forward to seeing your photos, Ed, loved your recounting of the Dearg-Due.
Red and green, looks Christmas-ey.
Hohoho, well the stores are breaking out the Christmas tunes already!
Agree Royal College hands down! Happy halloween.
You too, have a spooktacular Hallowe’en 🙂
Kind of pretty. Oh Oh! What does that say about me?! Great shots, Ailsa.
Haha, you never let me down, Gemma 🙂
Fun post Ailsa, happy Halloween!
You too, Tina, or should I say, you boo!
Great shots, Ailsa. Wonderful color!