Dublin was perfect. I was so amazed that it was hard to adequately reflect on the feelings I experienced and write about the little slice of wonderland where I’d been lucky enough to spend several days at the beginning of November. I had the chance to stroll through Dublin, Ireland and in fact dedicated only one full day to sightseeing. As usual, I made a fantastic video about this trip with Together app for iPhone. I would love to see your travel stories as well! Next time I’m going to look into Ireland sightseeing but for now – let’s talk about Dublin.
First of all, Irish natives speak with a very distinctive accent in Dublin and the city itself boasts very friendly cab drivers. My wife jumped into the front seat, which she could certainly get used to! She was also incredibly surprised to see a steering wheel where the passenger usually sits. Our driver was joking: “Will you drive by yourself? Am I needed?”. During the whole trip from the airport to hotel, he was telling Irish jokes, providing a tour around the city and every time we saw a cyclist, he offered to slap him on-the-go.
The Irish pronounce words with the letter “u” in an awkward way: fun (they pronounce foon), sun (they pronounce soon), bus (they pronounce boos). Their relationship with England is still very tense, much like the relationship between Russia and former Soviet Union republics. The Irish also have their own language (which they like much more than English, of course.) How could I miss the chance to ask them to speak Gaelic?!
I started my route at St. Stephen’s Green and strolled clockwise through all the major sights. The idea was to finish somewhere in the Temple Bar district for some much-needed rest and relaxation after a day long walk.
One of the most eye-catching things in Dublin has to be their door decorations. (I would perhaps even say their obsession with doors.) Usually, in Russia, when a new family is being united in marriage, they think first about how they will celebrate the wedding. Dubliners think about what color their door will be. For sure!
I would say they have pretty nice doors I was photographing all the doors like a crazy Russian all the time I was in Dublin. Doors could differ not only in color but with a ringing bell (or some kind of knocker thing), columns, ladders and many other things.
St. Stephens Green
A relatively small green park near the city center, St Stephens Green actually looks very spacious once you’re inside. There are numerous monuments here, including a plate showing a scheme and descriptions of all said monuments. The most popular ones are the bust of James Joyce and a group representing the Three Fates.
But that’s enough for the parks – let’s have a look at Dublin’s architecture.
River Liffey and Bridges
There are many bridges and walking embankments. Every bridge has its own name. The river directs your walk through its banks, which makes for a very peaceful activity, and for your pleasure, there are many sights to see all around the river.
Ireland is famous for and very proud of its writers and poets – Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Bram Stoker (have you read Dracula?). That’s why there are dozens of monuments and signs related to nobel Irish writers and poets.
In Dublin, they drink Guinness. It is hard to find a place without good Guinness. As hard as it is to find a place with a good meal. Every time I was experimenting with something more complex than Fish’n'Chips, I was leaving half of my food on my plate. The city pubs look great at night though:
In fact, if you spent a whole day devoted to embarking on a walking tour, then you would definitely encounter some pieces of street art. I saw a lot and to my surprise, I liked how well it was embedded into the ordinary houses and street views.