Dublin: Welcoming People, Lively City, Breathtaking Landscapes

Dublin: Welcoming People, Lively City, Breathtaking Landscapes

Dublin, #Ireland captured my heart immediately. Sure, there are tourists but the city still has a vibe that's #unique to large cities. We tried a hop-on hop-off bus tour to get acquainted with the layout, which was surprisingly fun. Learning about the Irish #culture made the trip even more fun.


I fell in love with Dublin as soon I arrived! It’s a small city (and it’s easy to move around, by the way), but it always offers things to do and a lot of events for its visitors. It’s impossible to get bored! Moreover, Irish people are so friendly they can make you feel at home from the moment you land at the airport.

Dublin is so special, that even the most typical touristic activities, like hop-on hop-off buses or souvenir shops, have a local and peculiar scent here and I’ll try to summarise such scent in this story.

I won’t list everything I did and saw in Dublin during my stay, because it would probably be boring, but I would like to describe what makes this city so special to me, by highlighting some places and experiences.

First of all, I stayed at Jury’s Inn Parnell street. I appreciate the value for money and the location within the city, as it's very close to the bus connection to the airport, and it is within walking distance of central areas, like Temple Bar, or the Trinity College, which is the first thing I visited in Dublin.

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Hotel Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street

 Moore Street Plaza, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
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Going Around Dublin

My friends and I took a guided tour of the college and it was great fun, thanks to our special guide: a student from the college, who told us so much about the history of that university, of the famous authors who were educated there (including Oscar Wilde, one of my favourites), and made us laugh! 

After visiting the college, we took a bus tour of the city, with the hop-on hop-off bus. We chose the Docklands route and we couldn’t be happier with our choice! First of all, we did not find a recorded voice explaining what we were visiting, but the bus driver himself was speaking and providing us with rich information about some episodes of the history of Dublin, together with funny details about current life in the city. 

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After visiting the college, we took a bus tour of the city, with the hop-on hop-off bus. We chose the Docklands route and we couldn’t be happier with our choice! First of all, we did not find a recorded voice explaining what we were visiting, but the bus driver himself was speaking and providing us with rich information about some episodes of the history of Dublin, together with funny details about current life in the city.

Nice tour
Nice tour

Moreover, we moved a little bit out of the centre and had the chance to see areas along the river and close to the harbour which we wouldn’t have found otherwise (like “the Tube in the Cube” that is the Dublin convention centre).

Lovely design
Lovely design

Dublin And Beyond

We spent the night at the Gaiety Theatre, watching a pantomime, like several Irish families do during Christmas time. Pantomimes are theatre plays based on popular tales, very amusing and involving for the audience; but if you happen to visit Dublin in a different time of the year, have a look at the schedule and you will definitely find other good quality theatre or dance shows.

We enjoyed an astonishing view over Dublin bay and over the sea.

After spending a day in the city centre, we decided to enjoy a sunny (and windy) day in the open air, in an outer area of the city, called Dalkey, which can be reached by train from Dublin Pearce station. Since it was Sunday, I went to mass before leaving and I appreciated people’s deep participation, the silence I found in the church, the chance to meet the priest after the mass and have a short chat with him.

From Dalkey railway station, we crossed the village (which is very nice and full of beautiful houses) and walked up to Killiney Hill, from where we enjoyed an astonishing view over Dublin bay and over the sea.

Amazing view
An incredible view

When we went back to Dublin, we stopped by the Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery in Merrion Square (where Oscar Wilde’s house and statue are), to have a look of the paintings which local artists display and sell in the square every Sunday.

The musicians involved the audience by making some of us sing (including me!)

Then, we headed towards Temple Bar, to start our Musical Pub Crawl: a tour of three pubs in Dublin, guided by local musicians who played for us, and shared with us some secrets and tales about traditional Irish music. Since Irish people always succeed in making you feel welcome, and since that was not a show for tourists, but a shared moment for everyone, the musicians involved the audience by making some of us sing (including me!)

The Ha'penny bridge inn
The Ha'penny Bridge Inn

Before leaving Dublin, my friends wanted to visit Carroll’s, the gift shop. I followed them although I hate shopping and I was surprised, because Carroll’s is not a common gift shop. Indeed, you can find EVERYTHING there, including good quality objects, made from raw materials, and you can even learn something about the history of some renowned Irish crafts (like the ring with two hands, a heart and a crown).

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