Saturday, July 21, 2007



After Washington in May, I spent a whole week in The Hague (Den Haag or S'Gravenhage, in Dutch) for a meeting; actually, I was based in Scheveningen. However, not a single photo from the whole week could be found...
So the next trip will take the stage: Ireland. Let's start with Dublin.


"DUBLIN - The first surprise we had was the fact that, though our hotel was not that far from downtown, it looked like we were in the countryside..."

"CHURCH - Not surprisingly, we found churches around the corner"

"O'CONNELL BRIDGE (1791-1794) was originally named Carlisle Bridge. In 1880 it was renovated and renamed, and became the only bridge in Europe that is wider than it is long (or, at least, as wide as long...)"

"O'CONNELL STREET, with the statue of Daniel O'Connell, 19th century nationalist leader, by John Henry Foley, is the main thoroughfare in Dublin and one of the widest streets in Europe (49m). By the time there was no Spire there"

"TRINITY COLLEGE, designated as «The Provost, Fellows and Scholars of the College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Queen Elizabeth near Dublin», was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I, and is the only constituent college of the University of Dublin, Ireland's oldest university"

"CAMPANILE -Trinity College, Parliament Square"

"TRINITY COLLEGE saw many people on its rooms, including Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and Ernest Walton..."

"CONFERENCE CENTRE, Trinity College"

"BANK OF IRELAND - College Green hosted the Irish Parliament before the Act of Union 1800, and was the headquarters of the Bank until the 1970s, when they moved to a modern building in Baggot Street. Today visitors can still view the Irish House of Lords chamber within the building, which however remains a Bank's branch"


"ST.PATRICK'S CATHEDRAL is the largest church in Ireland, and its basis was built between 1191 and 1270, though now only the baptistery remains. The major reconstruction paid for by Benjamin Guinness, in the 1860s, means that much of the current building dates from the Victorian era. Throughout its long history the cathedral has contributed much to Irish life; for example, Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was Dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745"

"RESTAURANT? - Someone will help finding out what building is this..."

Edited: Thanks to Tom Cosgrave and partner I found that «Bartley Dunnes is the name of the pub in the photo you cannot identify. It was a pub on Lower Stephen Street, and it was sold in 1991 to property developers who specialise in developing large drinking emporiums, or "superpubs". It was duly demolished and a large place called Break for the Border was built - it's an American theme pub and caters to parties and tourists». Thanks a lot!

"FUSILIER'S ARCH at St. Stephens Green"

"SHOPPING, after the chilly rain..."

"FAREWELL DUBLIN. You noticed the absence of Molly Malone? It’s a good reason to get back..."

Sunday, July 15, 2007



After Saudi Arabia I returned to Paris twice (by the end of January and in March), flew to Madrid in February, visited New York in April, and flew back to DC in May, where I spent some time at an International Arbitration Seminar. The only picture left from all these trips was the official Seminar photo. Nothing else...