Ireland harbors the world’s greenest grass. I practically became blind, because the green grass was so bright. I know that is a little dramatic, but I’ve spent the last ten years of my life in California. Seeing that much green was a real treat. Dublin is the largest city in Ireland. Dublin has charming side streets, a rich historic background and plenty of places to taste the local cuisine. As I wandered through the cobblestone streets, I was in ‘awe’ with the amount of history that settled upon this place. It is a huge city, but you must experience these few terrific places.TERRIFIC PLACES YOU MUST EXPERIENCE IN DUBLIN IRELAND
1 // TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY
Trinity College Library is the oldest library in Ireland. It’s beautifully crafted wood arches and thousands of books will have you smiling. The long room in the Old Library is the famous place to be. If you’ve seen any pictures of this beautiful place, this room in particular is a real treat. It deserves a walk through. Also, the library is the official residence of the famous Book of Kells. The craftsmanship of this book is fascinating, and a head first dive into rich history.
2 // PHOENIX PARK
After a busy day in the city, this is a beautiful, HUGE park to escape to for a little fresh air. During my travels in Berlin, I learned from an Irish man that this park is one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. This place is as huge as it sounds. The park is home to the Dublin Zoo, which is always a nice afternoon.
3 // WHISKEY AND BEER
The Irish seem to love their alcohol, and they make it with perfection. Your visit to Dublin is not complete without visiting the Guinness Brewery or Jameson Irish Whiskey distillery. The process that goes into making beer and whisky is honestly fascinating. Even if you are not a drinker, it is a good lesson into the history of this city. Plus, you can’t miss the fantastic view from top of the Guinness Brewery. Make sure to ask the bartender to create a four leaf clover in the foam of your beer.
4 // LOCAL FOOD
When looking for authentic, local restaurants, the best strategy is to ask the locals. They know where the tasty food is, and most likely, will be thrilled to tell you where to go. The Irish are very kind. I popped over to The Winding Stair for a fantastic meal. Make sure to settle in, because dinner time is a special time in Ireland. The appetizer and main course are never ordered at the same time. It is a time for good conversation and great food. YUM!
5 // CHURCHES AND CATHEDRALS
Every European city has unique churches and cathedrals, and the architecture changes as you hop from country to country. The architecture is unique in Ireland and quite different than what I’ve seen in central Europe. The best experience I had on this Dublin trip was hearing a boy’s choir sing in the church. If you are wandering the city and see a music concert, I highly recommend to always take advantage of those opportunities. The acoustics in European churches are suburb.
Dublin is usually just a short trip during your tour around Ireland. However, make sure to give it at least two days, because there is plenty to see. I encourage you to enjoy these five places during your Dublin experience. Have you been to Dublin? Share your favorite location in the comments, and I will share it through social media. Tschüss!