First time visiting Dublin, Ireland (finally!)

Visiting Dublin

When I was living in the States, there were many travel deals online to visit Dublin but I never got a chance to book a flight.  And then, it definitely took a little while longer since, I moved to Germany.  And I ended up visiting other countries that were much closer to Germany.

After 4 years, I have finally visited the country of Ireland.

I was excited to try out the traditional Irish beef stew (I ate this dish 3 times during my trip).  What I like most about Dublin is that its very traditional – Irish music, folklore, pubs/restaurants and food.

Here are some highlights of my trip:

Hop on, Hop off bus tour

I love riding these buses, it gives me a glimpse of all the important icons and locations.  Also, I can visit any of the stops at my own time.  I got the two day pass to see the city about 18 euros per person.  Some of the stops in Dublin includes: Trinity College, Temple Bar, Dublin Castle, Guinness Storehouse, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Visiting Dublin

Hop on, Hop off

Oscar Wilde statue

Oscar Wilde, one of the greatest literary figures in Ireland.  He wrote The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Canterville Ghost, Salome and many others.  He has a statue at the Merrion Square, which is quite colorful and has a very relaxed pose.  I have heard of Oscar Wilde during my high school English literature class, I feel fortunate to be able to see a statue dedicated to him.

Visiting Dublin

Oscar Wilde Statue

Dublin Castle

It was almost getting dark when I saw the Dublin castle.  I never got a chance to go on a tour, just a quick photo around the castle and that was it.  The castle has been around since 1204 AD, and now this site contains gardens, cafes, conference centers, museums and government buildings.

Visiting Dublin

Dublin Castle

Shopping near the South City Market

A trip would not be complete without window shopping.  Walked through the Georges Street Arcade (south city market).  Checked out some cool random items and got some pie as well.  It was my first time trying a meat pie, now I realized I have been missing out on delicious meat pies all my life.

South City Market

South City Market

Coffee and Cake Break

Enjoyed a coffee and cake break at the Queen of Tarts!  What a lovely cafe, I must go back to Dublin just to visit this cafe again.  I totally adore the tea sets and cakes.  A post to follow soon about this lovely cafe.

Queen of Tarts

Queen of Tarts

BONUS!

Belfast

I also ended up going to Belfast on a group tour bus.  It took about 2.5 hours from Dublin to Belfast (with mini stops along the way).  I haven’t seen any Game of Thrones episode, but apparently some of its filming was done in Belfast.  When I got to see the Giant Causeway, I was stunned, the basalt columns are just so magnificent it looks so unreal (but its real!).

And I also crossed the famous rope bridge.

Belfast Rope Bridge

Belfast Rope Bridge

I was in Ireland for 5 days, and most of the time it was in Dublin.  It was such a wonderful experience and would love to visit this country again.

Have you been to Ireland before?

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Published 19 March, 2014

Posted in Life in a day, Things to do in Ireland and tagged ,

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