Views from a bridge on the Liffey River
Views from a bridge on the Liffey River

I grew up in Boston, where 15.8% of the population is Irish (the highest percentage of folks with Irish ancestry in the US). I also married into a large Irish family. With all this Irish heritage around me, I assumed I had a pretty good idea of what to expect in Dublin. I expected Guinness, potatoes, and shepherd’s pie. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Dublin blew me away- it is an incredibly cool international city overflowing with great food, beautiful people, amazing tea, and best of all great architecture.
I would love to live in Dublin as it reminded me of Boston with beautiful 17th and 18th-century brick buildings, juxtaposed against new modern architecture. The River Liffey runs through the center of the city and walking over the bridges to cross from the North to South side of the city, provides dramatic vistas.
We only spent two nights in Dublin, and I would have liked to spend more and head out into the Irish countryside, but alas that is for a different trip!

On the streets- view from the Dublin Castle
On the streets- view from the Dublin Castle
Fruit Sellers
Fruit being sold out of prams
Swan's in St. Stephen's Green
Swans in St. Stephen’s Green (the ugly duckling-Irish addition)
St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen’s Green
Graffiti on the street
Graffiti on the street- A reminder of the current economic issues plaguing Ireland as a result of 2008 Financial Crisis

My Picks for Dublin (the Dublin Travel Guide)

Where to eat:
Hatch & Sons-A restaurant dedicated to the traditional Irish roll- blaa accompanied by Irish cheeses and meats.

hatch
Hatch & Son’s blaa roll.

L. Mulligan Grocer– a gastropub offering draft beer and traditional Irish food (with a twist). The interior is reminiscent of a library, with old books and other studious touches.
What to do:
Trinity University is beautiful; I could have spent all day wondering around their beautiful old library and discussing the Book of Kells– a Gospel book dating from about 800 AD.

Trinity College Library
Trinity College Library

We all know I have a bit of a thing for churches, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral is one of my new favorites. The Gothic Cathedral was built between 1191 and 1270. Simple stone and dramatic high ceilings contrast against an intricate tile floor. The needlepoint pillows for kneeling decorating the chairs were stunning, I couldn’t find out much about them but I believe the Women’s Club of St. Patrick is responsible for the beautiful work.

St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Needlepoint in St. Patrick's Cathedral
Needlepoint in St. Patrick’s Cathedral

 

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