Let's go Irish
Here is why a vacation in Dublin, Ireland is an awesome idea.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Ireland. This island of leprechauns, four leaf clovers, river dancing, gingers, whiskey, Irish coffee and absolutely fantastic Eurovision music is a paradise for travelers; beautiful, unspoiled landscapes, dramatic coastlines, dynamic cities and over thousand years' worth of history and culture. From five star castles to quaint cottages and everything in between, the Irish are great hosts and they sure know how to party. This is why everyone loves Ireland and the Irish.
Dreaming of Dublin
Dublin was founded as a Viking settlement in the 9th century but today it is the largest city of Ireland and the capital of the Republic of Ireland. In modern Irish, Dublin is called Baile Átha Cliath which means “Town of the hurdled ford,” referring to the fording point of the River Liffey. Furthermore the real meaning of the name Dublin is “black pool.” Who knew?
Over the past two decades, the city has gone through a total reinvention and can no longer be called “dirty Dublin.” Although it has held onto its roots it's now a modern city with a groovy atmosphere. For a long time Dublin mimicked London in everything it did but after joining the EU in the mid-1990's it embraced a more Eurocentric way, paving the road to the rise of café culture with cozy bars in the downtown area and restaurants with alfresco dining.
Here are some awesome things to do in Dublin:
- The Long Room at the Old Library in Trinity College – Inspect the ninth century manuscript of the Book of Kells. Explore this most stunning library and stroll on the picturesque grounds of Trinity College.
- Ha'penny Bridge – A symbol of Dublin's ancient style named after its original toll.Vacation in Ireland, cheap flights to Dublin, down town Dublin, Dublin Zoo,shopping in Dublin, Irish pubs
- The Spire – Also known as “The erection at the intersection,” this 120 m high giant needle towers over O'Connell Street and is a popular meeting place.
- Dublin Zoo – Bigger than all of London's parks put together, this zoo houses a great display of animals from all over the world as well as a petting zoo for kids.
- Kilmainham Gaol – With a dark history this most hated prison in Ireland is an unmissable symbol of repression through the centuries.
- Graton Street – The city's top shopping street is a favorite among street performers making your shopping spree all the more entertaining.
- St Patrick's Cathedral – The largest medieval church of Ireland is a must see.
Let us not forget the traditional Irish pubs, a trip to Dublin is incomplete without a visit to at least one such establishment. The Dublin barmen are truly a special breed and take good care to give loving attention to the Guinness they serve. In many of the older Dublin pubs you also find “snugs,” little private chambers that are really a relic from older days when gangs and secret societies needed a place to meet away from common drinkers.Vacation in Dublin, cheap flights to Ireland , down town Dublin, Dublin Zoo,shopping in Ireland, Irish pubs
Nature within reach
If you are expecting Dublin to be industrial and unexciting, think again. Dublin happens to have an amazing geographical location for outdoor adventures and at the same time the city center is vibrant and buzzing with activity. South of the city the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains offer rugged landscapes, wilderness and a breathtaking view of the glittering expanse of the Dublin Bay. From the mountains and through the city, the River Laffey runs into the bay tying everything neatly together. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors in Dublin try hiking or biking in the mountains, kite surfing at the Dollymount Strand or white river rafting on the Liffey River outside the city. Also, Dublin, and Ireland in general, is a golfer's paradise.