So, we’ve been back from Europe for about ten days now and I’ve been reflecting on the trip. One thing I noticed when we were in France is that Irish pubs are apparently a “thing” there. In Lyon alone, Bill and I actually visited three Irish pubs. There were quite a few more that we didn’t visit.
Since Bill and I had been hoping to go to Ireland on this last trip, we found it kind of funny that there were so many Irish pubs in France. I mentioned it to my American friend, Audra, who lives in France. She said, “Not a one of them is very authentically Irish, are they?”
Some places seemed more authentic than others did. In one bar, they had a good drink list that included several Irish suds and whiskeys. But none of the Irish pubs we visited had Irish music or anyone from the Republic working there. In fact, most of the Irish pubs we visited in France were decidedly French in terms of their menus and atmosphere.
This all made Bill and me decide that we need a trip to Ireland next. Unfortunately, there’s no telling when that can occur. We need to find employment and a place to settle first… then we need to do some fundraising. I trust we’ll get to Ireland someday, though. It will happen. And when it does, I hope to find some real Irish pubs.
This one in Alexandria, VA comes pretty close… Bill and I used to go there when we lived near DC. They had quite a few Irish people working there.