You can't get bored in Dublin

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jul 14, 2012

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

In February, we visited with Alice Dublin during 3 days. I think that Dublin with its 500 000 inhabitants (within the town itself) seems to be a nice city to live because it is not too big (compared to others European capitals) so you can do everything just by walking in the city center, and on the other hand the size is sufficient to have a lot of activities to do. Dublin is the city of the pubs, you can find one at each street corner and much more if you go on Temple Bar, the heart of Dublin. This area is the famous place to go-out in Dublin, with some of the oldest pubs of Ireland. Some Irish people prefer apparently to go-out in others areas of Dublin as Temple bar has become a bit touristic. But we really enjoyed having drinks in the pubs in Temple Bar as there was lot of Irish traditional music. The first night we went out, there was a band playing in Temple Bar Pub and people including lots of Irish were dancing on that traditional music. We went to another pub an afternoon as it was raining and we were waiting for the coach going to Galway, and there was also a guy playing music. It was interesting because on the middle of the afternoon, we clearly noticed that the majority of people were foreigners and when it was around 5/6 pm, we realized that the population changed as lots of Irish were coming to the pub after leaving the work to have some pints.

Except pubs life, there is a lot to do and visit in Dublin. You can explore Trinity College, one of the European most prestigious university, and walk in its huge compound. Going to the home of Guinness, The Store House (located really close to the city center in Saint James Gate) is also mandatory if you visit Dublin. All the Guinness is still brewed there and you can explore the museum explaining the story of Guinness, how the beer is made... At the 7th floor, while you are enjoying a pint of Guinness (included in the ticket price), the Gravity bar gives you a gorgeous 360 view on all Dublin City. Merrion Square and its surroundings with all the Victorian style houses (and their beautiful doors) is also a very nice area to explore. If you want to go shopping, Grafton Street and all its stores is a good spot. If you want to learn about Dublin history, you can stop at Dublin castle. You can also visit the Four Courts (entrance free), located in one of the most imposing Victorian building where you will meet across the corridor lots of solicitors or other Court people working.

To conclude about Dublin, I can say that it seems to be a very good place to live in Ireland because of the variety of activities, including shopping, visits and night life.
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