Why Dublin Deserves a Day (or three) in Your Ireland Itinerary
I feel like Dublin has a reputation for being the necessary evil of Ireland. Everyone tells you about how gorgeous the countryside is and how quaint the villages are. You’ll run across plenty who will tell you that Dublin is dirty, grey, and nothing like the rest of the Emerald Isles. Listen, haters: I know. Ok? I know. The Cliffs of Moher are the most amazing thing I’ve seen in my life and the surrounding villages were the icing on the cake. Galway city is like a little fairytale town brought to life. You hands-down must see the Western side of Ireland – it is an absolute must. I totally agree.
But lemme share a little traveler insight with you — Dublin has wit and humor in the same way that New York City has its character and charm intertwined throughout the city blocks. Sometimes the best rewards of traveling come when you stumble upon diamonds in the rough – and Dublin is a perfect place for that. I didn’t party or eat my way through Dublin – I wandered, looked, ducked my head in interesting doors, and listened to conversations. Dublin shouldn’t be compared to the rest of Ireland because it isn’t meant to be like the rest of Ireland – it is it’s own distinct region of Irish hospitality and enthusiasm, and you would be missing out if you skipped it.
- Soccer in the street
You haven’t watched soccer until you’ve watched a Euro Cup game with a group of Irishmen on a rainy street in Dublin. The game was awesome – the company was better still. If you miss “futbol” season, just jump in on a sing-along instead. I found myself randomly joining in on a loud, street-wide rendition of “500 Miles” while I was out looking for dinner.
2. Dublin in the AM
I always have “Coffee with ____” whenever I’m in a new city. Coffee with Dublin showed me the city in an entirely new light. I wandered the streets early in the morning while the shopkeepers were setting up and the bakers were putting bread in the windows. The city was quiet and peaceful – with the occasional Irishman singing while he worked.
3. The Shops
There is a shop called “Gollum’s Precious,” and you don’t think Dublin is cool??
4. The Optimistic Art
The Irish people are some of the friendliest and most welcoming folks that you will ever meet – it is fitting that they would have happy messages spread throughout their city.
The Guinness Storehouse
6. Flowers. Cobbled Streets. Brick. SO MUCH AESTHETIC.
Ignore my sing-along friends who photobombed the aesthetic-ness.