Buswells is perfectly located as it is within short walking distances of Trinity College, Grafton Street, St Stephens Green, & the National Library & Museum, to name just a few. It's an elegant Georgian Hotel with its own Restaurant & Bar & Breakfast Room.
|Buswells Hotel, Molesworth St, Dublin|
We settled into our room at Buswells then headed out for a walk to the Dublin Tourism Centre [Suffolk St] just off Grafton street, to collect our 2 day Hop on Hop Off Bus ticket & our 2 day Dublin Pass ticket, which were kindly provided for us by Tourism Ireland NZ. These two tickets would sort out our transport & get us in to most of the attractions around the city. Perfect!
It was drizzling slightly & we were hungry, so we dropped in to the Avoca Shop & Restaurant, also on Suffolk Street across from the Tourism Centre.
|Avoca Shop & Restaurant, Suffolk St, Dublin|
|Avoca Cafe, Suffolk St, Dublin|
But the real treasure is on the fourth floor in their busy, bright & artsy cafe. The place was heaving with people but despite this we were served quickly by their attentive, uber friendly, predominately male staff. I've talked this place up on purpose, because it really is worth a visit. I can certainly recommend the homemade lemonade if you're thirsty!
|Homemade Lemonade, Avoca Restaurant, Dublin|
The drizzle had abated by the time we left Avoca's so we ambled along to Molly Malone's statue at the end of the street. The bronze statue of Molly Malone commemorates the young woman featured in the local ballad, 'Cockles and Mussels'. As the song goes, this beautiful woman plied her trade as a fishmonger through the streets where her statue now rests, until she suddenly died of a fever.
|Molly Malone Statue, cnr Suffolk & Grafton Street, Dublin|
|The Much Fondled Molly Malone, Dublin|
|The Halfpenny Bridge over the River Liffey, Dublin|
|Temple Bar, Dublin|