First views of Dublin was from the upper floor of the 747 bus from the airport. It was a clear day, something I definitely hadn’t expected from Ireland. I guess I CAN catch a break sometimes (thinking of my foggy adventure in Big Sur, California which I shall post about next time!).
As soon as I had left my bag at the hostel I set off and started walking towards the Temple Bar area. This is the place that I’ve heard the most about, so of course I had to see it with my own eyes – touristy or not.
To begin with I just had a quick wander around the cobbled streets before I went into the Temple Bar itself to have some lunch. I wanted to visit as many pubs as possible, which meant that if I was hungry, I would just eat at the pub. A bit expensive, but I saw it as sightseeing which sort of justifies it. Sort of.
Of course it was fun to finally see this much photographed place, but I was much more astonished when I got inside. The Irish sure do love their Christmas decorations! Any and all of the pubs I went into was more or less bedecked with pine, baubles, hearts and lights everywhere. I absolutely loved it.
After lunch and lunch beer (a Carrig, Irish craft beer) I went on to explore the rest of Temple Bar and beyond. Caught sight of the Rory Gallagher corner – walked past it first because I continuously misread my (phone)map, and thought distances were much greater than they actually were. Which was of course not bad at all. Dublin turns out to be an incredibly walkable city, with most of the major sights within at most 20 minutes walking time of each other.
I walked past Dublin Castle and the garden in front of the Chester Beatty Library.
I stumbled upon Christ Church Cathedral (there’s something redundant about that name if you ask me) at just the right time – I think it looks absolutely gorgeous in that light!
And I came by this graffiti street, something I really didn’t expect here in Dublin. Dirty old town and all that.
The very round man sort of spoke to my sense of humour.
This hotel was very close by. Doesn’t that look super cool?
I came as far out as Merrion Square and took a look at some of the doors along one of the roads – there were also some in bright red and yellow. Oscar Wilde’s old house is also in that same area, but there is absolutely nothing to see. There’s just a bar called Oscar’s somethingorother..
And erh.. I felt the need to document this shop facade.
I walked back towards the hostel via Grafton Street, which looked wonderful with all its Christmas lights. You can see more of that in the post Getting My Christmas On In Dublin. My day ended with dinner in The Auld Dubliner and having my very first Guinness, but not before I had a peek into the Oliver St. John Gogarty pub just across the street – nice two man band playing, but unfortunately nowhere to sit and eat.
Can you spot something.. odd? Anyways, I would say that my first impression of Dublin was very favourable. The city really surprised me in some ways – as I said, I didn’t have a clue that there would be so much great graffiti in the city, and I hadn’t thought that everything was situated so close together. Naturally the beautiful weather also helped. Next day in Dublin was: Museum Day!
Have you been to Dublin? What did you think? Comment below.