The first time I went in Dublin, it was during a school trip. As you can expect when you’re 15 years old, surrounded by your friends, you’re more interested by having fun than visiting. However I kept a good memory of this short stay in Ireland, because 10 years later, I chose to stay in the country for three months.
I’d been lucky to live and study one month in Dublin. I discovered joys of colocation and this dynamic city where life is good… despite of the rain ! Dubliners kindness strike me at first sight. While I was looking for my way, I have been approached several times by people asking me if I needed some help… I quickly felt comfortable in this unknown place. When I had free time, I went out, enjoying getting lost and discovering every day new places.
Now here are some personal pictures, all good reasons to make your bag and leave, time for a weekend or vacation in the footsteps of our ancestors the Vikings!
Celebrate St Patrick
I had the chance to celebrate St Patrick‘s during four days of celebration, music, dance and Guinness of course! Four grueling days but good memories! I recommend to everyone to live one day this unique experience, visiting a pub where traditional music takes you on a wave of good humor.
Visit the legendary Trinity College Library
Founded in 1592, Trinity College is the oldest university in Ireland. Designed on the model of Oxford and Cambridge, it is also one of the most prestigious in Europe. For a long time, it only accepted Protestants male students ! Until the death of Georges Salmon provost girls were banned from the university. I heard that the graduates take traditionally a picture beside his statue… A nice snook ! I also visited the famous library, a unique immersion through the aisles filled with rare and old books. It’s like being transported to Hogwarts!
Jump in the past at the Dublinia
If you are passionate about History or just curious, I highly recommend visiting the Dublinia. You will discover Dublin through the ages, from the Middle Ages to nowadays. The quality of facilities and reproductions, will surely seduce young and old.
Get some fresh air in St Stephen’s Green
Close to Grafton Street and its many shops, you’ll find St Stephen’s Green, a small island of greenery where it is nice to enjoy a walk. There is a large lake fed by an artificial waterfall, welcoming ducks, swans and other waterfowl.
Stretch your legs in Wicklow Mountains
Just over an hour’s drive from the capital, you will find Wicklow Mountains. It is possible to take various hiking trails, admiring beautiful landscapes, a splendid lake and the typical old cemetery of Glendalough.
Dublin streets, hide many works of street art. Sometimes poetic, sometimes political, artists compete imagination to add their touch of color and signature in the capital.
If you still have some time
Finally, if you still have some time it is good to go for a stroll in Stephen Green shopping center, the place is quite pleasant, with its large glass roof and its huge clock reminding a train station.
You can also discover the zoo. It is large, well designed and welcomes hundreds of species !
It is also possible to cross the bridge named Samuel Beckett, known for its original architecture, representing one of the symbols of Ireland: the harp.
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