We really like the Irish. A friendly, happy people they are. Wrapped up in Guinness, a great sense of humour and looots of sunshine. Hang on a minute – sunshine!? Yes, well at least during our travel weekend in the beginning of October: After all, we can now claim Irish weather to be better than its reputation. Thanks to the International Travel Bloggers Exchange conference TBEX, I have made my way up north and into Ireland for the second time in my life. Of my first visit, I remember leaning over the Cliffs of Moher and, alas, no Guinness for me back then. Ok, I was only 10 years old, travelling together with the family, my parents and my brother. Mum, Dad, Julian & I actually continue to travel together until this day: On the occasion of my 30th birthday, the entire lot came up to Dublin for 48 hours of party time !! Perhaps the best thing about it? This time, there was loads of Guinness … 😀
Worth seeing in Dublin – besides Guinness – is this: Trinity College, Temple Bar and a visit to Dun Laoghaire seaside suburb, cherishing sea breeze & good food!
“I have to confess, I am still a bit tired. Yesterday evening, Dublin was hosting the Beer Testing Festival and well … you know.” Our young student guide at Trinity College manages a broad grin, shielding his eyes from the bright morning sun and taking another large gulp from his water bottle. We all nod at him encouragingly, smiling while listening to his stories and tales since we know: Beer is like a sanctity to the Irish, especially their Guinness. Next, we are heading into Trinity College Library to see the famous Book of Kells, one of the oldest books ever (and guess how old it is): 1.300 years! Every three months, they exhibit a new page – turning them requires at least six hours of careful work. Being the old book worm I am, I stop to stand in awe, and indeed marveling at the entire library. Beautiful, such a wealth of (his)story!
When going for a walk in Dublin, I recommend you head down from Trinity College to St. Stephen’s Green and right into the lively pedestrian zone: Shopping & sightseeing are a perfect combination here. Tip: As a lady, do send your boyfriend ahead and into the park for taking pictures, filming, feeding the ducks and what have you – there is simply no guarantee you will get him back in quite the same conditions after dropping him at a famous Irish pub .. 😉 ). And even if Temple Bar is really touristy to you, it is very well worth to come here and soak up the Irish pub atmosphere. Even head to “Temple Bar” pub itself: It is massive, crowded and sweaty but you will get a real feel for live Irish party here!
If quiet is your option, we recommend you make your way to the suburb of Dun Laoghaire just outside Dublin. The two lighthouses and their piers are perfect for a walk by the sea: Sea breeze, sound of waves, view over dozens of sailing boats, you name it. As Austrians, we simply love these kinds of things … Being by the sea and eating fresh fish is hard to beat, really!