It finally happened. Finally got a chance to visit the little country,
The multitude of stones lining the beach front at Bray.
Anyway… twas with great bubble that I landed at
Christ Church cathedral. Handel's Messiah was performed for the first time in this church.
We reached our hotel by midday on Saturday by taxi (the driver spoke English throughout but I battled throughout to get past the accent… hmm’s & aha’s helped the conversation along). After a quick drop-off, we hit the streets of
St. Stephen's Green. Greens within Dublin's concrete jungle.
We met a few friends in
The Liffy river that divides the city into north and south. Division of classes exists too...
The next day we hit the DART railway system to the northern most seaside stations in the region. Noteworthy visits included Malahide Castle & Howth coast. Each little town in
Malahide castle - in Malahide. Old castle owned by some rich English count.
We managed to spend the rest of the week doing many other different Irish activities. A few below:
- Riverdance concert – at the Gaiety theatre near St. Stephens. Awesome, awesome, awesome! Lovely mix of Gaelic jigs, tap dancing, fiddles… it was packed even for a weekday. The Irish sure know how to support their culture.
villages of Bray and Greystone – southern most part of the DART. Did a climb up the hillside in Bray. Took some lovely pics. Ate traditional fish & chips. Seaside
- Traditional Irish musical pub crawl – hosted by 2 musicians who explained the history and traditions of Irish/Gaelic music (and not Celtic – it’s a common tourist mistake) while visiting some of the famous pubs in
. The terms jig, reel, sessions etc. meant something after this one… Dublin
- Johnny Foxes pub on the Wicklow mountains – the highest pub in
Irelan , splendid views, the interior in the pub was absolutely phenomenal. Many presidents and celebrities have visited the pub before and it made sense why. Bloddy shoddin’ expensive food though. I ate my food real slow. d
- The national museum and Dublinia – fascinating look into the history of
Irelandand . The role of the Vikings and the English was explained in detail in these 2 places. Dublin
- The pubs – off course,
Irelandwould not be without its pubs. Overwhelming atmosphere with crowds of people, Irish musicians, good food, Smithwicks beer, pretty colleen duns… The crack was good… Ireland
The disappointing aspect of
A field overlooking a church in Malahide.
But, in all, the scenic beauty, the quality of life, the opportunities and the prospect for growth in a competitive market makes this place an ideal spot for the young career-focused individual.