Benefits of traveling to Ireland
And I also wrote about the reasons of visiting countries such as Canada and Australia that are still on my bucket list. I just love to write about the places I have been to as well as those I really cannot wait to visit.
Writing all those posts I realized that I have visited Ireland a few times in the past but never wrote about it as it was before I started with this blog.
And I have some Irish friends, too. I know, some people say that English in Ireland is very difficult to understand. Well, I guess it depends on each person, right? I know some Irish people who I never had problems to understand to which even surprised myself. But for me, people and their language are always on of the most important things about every place.
Dublin and surroundings
To be honest I only visited Dublin and its surroundings each time I went to Ireland. If I don’t count all the times I landed at Dublin airport when working as a cabin crew, then I could say I visited Dublin city twice, plus more times just not really seeing anything but the airport and a Dublin restaurant/cafeteria for a hot drink to beat the unpleasant rain and the wind.
The time when I scratched the surface of Dublin was back in December 2009 I think when I went there to meet up with a Slovak friend who was living there at that time. Being an expert of the city, he took me around in his car and showed me the main spots, or at least as much as we could without getting frozen on the way.
Apart from the city centre, we also walked around the harbour. I still remember how cold it was that day. I was all wrapped up and each time we stopped, I got a cup of hot green tea or hot chocolate.
One of the must see’s I think is taking time to go outside of Dublin to the famous Howth Cliff where Baily Lighthouse is located. This is exactly one of those places you can see on TV or in movies that were filmed in Ireland. Yes, ever-green rough cliffs with sea waves crashing into them. I could stay there with wind playing with my hair all day long, listen to the sea and birds above my head. If only I had my tea or chocolate with me 🙂
It was not just the city break and the sea during my visit, but we also went to the countryside close to Dublin to see the difference. We got to see a lot of sheep and a cool long waterfall.
I have this thing for old scary cemeteries so we strolled around Glendalough cemetery near Dublin for a bit until it started raining.
We also went to Guinness Storehouse even though I don’t drink beer at all. But there is a great view of Dublin from there. And I managed to take a cool pic with the Christmas tree reflection on the glass when taking a photo of Dublin.
And inside, I just had to stand in front of all the continents to realize I want to go to all the white dots on the wall 🙂
It wouldn’t be a Dublin visit if we didn’t have a look at the beautiful Christmas decorations of the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre too.
Later on, after watching a beautiful sunset, my friend took me to the viewpoint to see lit Dublin at night too. And on the way back to the city, we saw a burning car. It was the first time ever I saw something like that. Well, one of my Dublin memories.