5 Favorites from Dublin, Ireland
I'm not quite sure how to sum up our time our time in Dublin except to say that it was a whirlwind in every sense of the word. I always feel that the first couple days of a trip are spent in a bit of an "adjustment period" so to speak. It's a time where you are adjusting to a way of life that's different from your own, and you take a little while to start feeling grounded in your new place. But by the time that adjustment period ended for us in Dublin, we were already heading off again to see a new country. It was difficult to find a time where we didn't feel rushed. Luckily, we will be heading back to Dublin and to other parts of Ireland in just a couple months time, but until then here are the things we most enjoyed during our very, very short visit.
1. Christ Church Cathedral. This was my favorite thing we did in Dublin! We went to Christ Church Cathedral with the intention of only touring the inside, but when we found out you could go into the crypt of the church and up to the belfry if you signed up for a guided tour, we decided to go for it. And I'm so glad we did! Our tour guide was THE BEST and shared all sorts of random facts with us about both the church and about Ireland in general. (For instance, he informed us that apparently there are only 3 people in the world who know the recipe for Guinness beer and only 2 of the 3 can ever reside in Ireland at one time. Definitely interesting...) But the best part? He let us ring the church bells! There we were, standing in the highest point of a church that was finished being built in 1230 A.D. and he let us pull these old ropes so the bells rang out over the city of Dublin. Truly magical.
2. Trinity College Library. Those of you who know me well know that I love books above most other things, so visiting Trinity College Library was a priority for me while we were in Dublin. The oldest book in the library is from 1460 (a bible) and you can't touch the books, but seeing some of those old spines and viewing some of the old journals that were on display in glass cases felt like a dream. Being there makes you feel like you are a part of history. Wooden spiral staircases stand along each end of the library, you can practically feel old book dust on your skin (though they do keep it very clean which must be a lot of work,) and the whole place seems straight from a novel itself.
3. The Brazen Head ++ Pubs in General. We loved the pubs in Ireland! It rained nearly everyday we were in Dublin, and there was nothing more refreshing than ducking out of the cold for a few moments to grab a warm plate of pub food (usually served with french fries,) and a pint (or, in my case, a glass of red wine.) We ate in pubs for nearly every meal. Not a very healthy way to eat, but it was definitely satisfying when our toes were soaking wet and we had goosebumps scattered across our skin. The best of the pubs we visited though was the Brazen Head, a pub established in 1178 (thereby making it the oldest pub in Ireland.) It was littered with locals and tourists alike, and decorated with an assortment of celebrity photos and stag's heads and EU flags. Again, I was just amazed at the old age of absolutely everything in Ireland. Being from America, we never get to see things that are quite that old, so it's definitely a unique experience!
4. St. Patrick's Cathedral. This was nearby the AirBnB we were staying in, so we ended up at St. Patrick's Cathedral at the end of most of our days to breathe in a bit of fresh air in the cathedral's gardens. Oddly enough, however, we never ended up going inside the cathedral itself! We usually went to St. Patrick's just to watch the Irish families and couples spending their evenings in a bit of sun (a rare occasion in Ireland.) Basically, we came for the people-watching. There were a lot of dogs running around here without leashes as well, so when we parked ourselves on a bench here, we had a number of furry friends running up to us to say hello.
5. The Fumbally. We just posted about The Fumbally in our "What We Ate in Dublin" post, but it was so great it deserves a second mention. If you are ever in Dublin, GO TO THE FUMBALLY. The people that worked here were so gracious and kind to us, all of the food is amazingly fresh and beautifully made, and the atmosphere is warm and relaxing. It was the perfect place to start our mornings and plan our adventures for the day.
P.S. It is worth mentioning that we DID NOT go to the Guinness Storehouse this trip as we ran out of time and it closes fairly early, but I SWEAR we are planning to when we are in Dublin in August. We won't miss out on any beer adventures, I can promise you that :)
What are your favorites in Dublin, Ireland?