Apr 2, 2014

Dublin: First Impressions


Ahhh, what to say about Dublin? If Ireland wasn't keen on driving on the opposite side of the road, I'd move here. Friendly people, lively streets, occasional rain showers, rich history, and overflowing Guinness…this city's got a little bit of everything for everyone and we instantly fell in love! When we first arrived in Ireland's largest city, we hopped a taxi and headed straight to our hotel on Exchequer Street. It was almost midnight, and while we were excited to hit the hay after a late night flight, Dublin was just gearing up for an evening full of pints and fellowship. We were almost tempted to ditch our comfy bed and join the masses, but we had a jam-packed next 4 days, so sleep won out. 

Bright and early the next morning, we rolled out of bed refreshed and ready to tackle our first full day in Dublin…starting with a hearty traditional Irish breakfast and pipping hot cup of coffee. Turns out, neither D or I are fans of black pudding (tastes like grass, if you've never had the pleasure), but everything else was tasty and kept us full for quite a while. Shortly after scarfing down our breakfast, we hit the streets and I started snapping photos. We had incredible sunshine for half our first day, but keeping with typical Ireland weather, the clouds found us in the late afternoon. Most of the photos below were taken after we'd hit up the biggest chunk of our sight-seeing itinerary…hence the clouds. But I'm totally getting ahead of myself. The first attraction on our agenda was Trinity College and the Long Room…so stay tuned for more fun from Dublin!

31 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. I visited Dublin a few years back and fell in love with the city! It's a truly amazing place to explore. :)

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  2. LOVE! I can't wait to go to Ireland someday! Gorgeous photos dear, as usual.

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  3. Dublin is one of my favorite places! I loved temple bar area! My friend and I stayed in a hostel near there and it was so much fun. I felt safe in Ireland, I thought it would be a little more dangerous but the people were great. Loved walking those historic streets and of course the Guiness museum!

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  4. Great photos! I really love black pudding, I think it tastes a bit like sausage. I enjoyed Dublin, but it wasn't what I was expecting it to be. Once I traveled away from Dublin and into country Ireland I felt more of the Irish magic :)

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    1. Thanks, Sammy! I agree…the Irish countryside is much more magical! But, Dublin definitely has it's place…good food and good beer! :)

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  5. I'm currently living in Dubin, so glad you loved it as much as I do! :) x

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  6. I loved my visit to Dublin. Good people, good pubs, good beer and awesome museums. What's not to love?! Too bad Guinness just isn't the same when you get it in Canada

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    1. Exactly! Those are the things that make Dublin so popular!

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  7. I agree - Guiness is indeed good for you... or so I'd like to think. Wow, is it ever delicious. Great first impression, Dublin. Love it!

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  8. Love it! Dublin is a fun, lovely historical city. I'd love to get back!

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  9. Oh Dublin, we spent our whole time there saying how we could live there in a heartbeat. Such a vibrant, hip city. Where'd you guys stay on Exchequer... we stayed on that road too! :)

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    1. We stayed at The Central Hotel…old and gorgeous! Right in the middle of all the fun. We can't wait to go back someday! :)

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  10. Gorgeous! I so want to go someday!

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  11. The food! The fooood. Yummy. Looks lovely, even though it was overcast.

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  12. I'm glad to read that you liked Dublin as much as I did :)

    The weather was exactly the same when I was there in February and I also enjoyed some fish&chips and a hearty Irish breakfast, though luckily I didn't get any black pudding with mine (I wouldn't like to try that hehe). I too almost the photo of the Look Right sign!

    Looking forward to reading more about your trip x

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  13. Lovely review of Dublin and the great things to do and see (and eat) - I am super jealous!

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  14. Yay! I spent one weekend in Ireland during my summer study abroad in Oxford, and I loved it so much. We were in Dublin although we did a day trek into the country somewhat to at least try to get that experience. Seeing your pictures of Temple bar just takes me right back. It was such a magical place. I'm excited to see all the other places you went there!

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  15. I would love to go there! Great pics and review... I can see why you guys fell in love with it!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogsopt.com

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  16. Your photos have me aching to visit my old home! Dublin looks fantastic through your lens :)

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  17. We fell in love with Ireland too!! I realized though that I loved the Irish countryside so much more than the cities (however they were wonderful as well!). Love your pics!! Making me relive our time there:)

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  18. Dublin looks great! I've been hearing so many amazing things about Dublin and just Ireland in general lately, that I'm now convinced that I must make the trek there soon! :) Can't wait to read more about your adventures in Ireland, following along on Instagram was already amazing!

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  19. So fun, I love this post! We visited Dublin last March and absolutely loved it as well :) Great photos!

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  20. Ireland is tippy top #1 place I want to get to! I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip! Especially Trinity College!

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  21. AH I'm going to Dublin for a few days this summer and I'm so excited! beautiful pictures

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    1. You'll love it…say hello to it for me, won't you?! :)

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  22. I'm going next month!! I can't wait! :)

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    1. Color me jealous, girl! Have the best time!! :)

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  23. My friend moved to Dublin. I hope to visit her soon.

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  24. Loved Dublin! I was there in March and it was such a lovely city. I stayed in Kimmage and took the bus and walked everywhere. There are so many gorgeous parks.

    St Paddy's Day was madness! It's like the air was filled with electricity.

    I even got a 4-leaf clover tattoo there to remember my trip :)

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