For as long as I can remember I have wanted to visit Ireland. Drawn to the accent, the culture and with Irish in my blood, it’s a place close to my heart.
With plans to visit at the end of March, we anticipated (or hoped) that spring would be well on its way. Unfortunately this was not the case. Winter was still very much around with freezing temperatures, bitter winds and even snow. Despite the bad weather, we didn’t let this ruin our short break to the capital city of Ireland, Dublin.
Arriving early, we revived ourselves with refreshments and prepared to be busy tourists for the next few days. To start the sightseeing off, we explored on foot walking along the River Liffey. A windy walk in the cold but a fantastic way to get a feel for what Dublin has to offer. Running through the heart of the city, there’s plenty to do and see on either side of the river including the famous 7 bridges that adjoin the two sides. From shopping on O’Connell Street and Grafton Street to culture and history in the Medieval and Georgian areas, there really is something for everyone.
One of the highlights in Dublin for me was Temple Bar. After being warned that it’s overly touristy I was a little dubious about the area, but I had no need to be. The lively atmosphere is infectious and with so much life crammed onto a few cobbled streets, you can’t help but enjoy yourself.
The iconic Temple Bar itself was lit up with pretty red lights when we arrived. Packed with tourists from all over the world, it definitely held that cosy pub feeling with the hustle and bustle of cheerful drunken chatter.
Enjoying the traditional live music and the buzz of people having a good time, we drank a Guinness or two accompanied by delicious home-made sandwiches. Surrounded by strangers from all over the world, I felt quite at home in one of Dublin’s most famous and renowned bars.
I truly enjoyed the cultural variety Dublin had to offer and the local people really made the trip for me. As a small town girl, I can sometimes find myself feeling intimidated in big cities. You can always guarantee an array of people from all walks of life, some friendly and some not so much. I can honestly say my stay in Dublin was a relaxed and friendly one. Everywhere we went, we were greeted with smiling faces, friendly people and endearing personalities. As cheesy as it sounds I think the Irish people are a big part of the culture and character that makes Ireland so great. Well, that and the accent too.