Seeing the Sites of Dublin!

With our first day in Dublin, we decided to hit all the sites! It was from one place to the next for us. Good thing they are all within a 10 minute walk from each other! Our first stop was Dublin Castle, which was only a few short blocks from our hotel. Honestly, I did not know much about this site before visiting it, which goes for most of the places we hit today. Upon arrival, we weren’t planning to take a tour as we like to save our money for more important things, like scones, but the Castle just so happened to offer free tours on the first Wednesday of the month! Good thing we planned to visit it on the first Wednesday of the month…

We learned so much about Dublin Castle and the past rulers and presidents who had been in there. So glad we got the tour! From here we headed over to St. Patrick’s Cathedral which is absolutely beautiful! The church is huge and equipped with a lovely garden in front. The whole site was magnificent!

Next on the list of today’s events was St. Stephen’s Green which is a gorgeously green park lush with trees, flowers and grass and equipped with quaint pathways, fountains and bridges. It was beautiful and quite possibly one of my favorite places in Dublin. The parked was littered with people walking with friends, sitting with loved ones, or out for a stroll with their families. The people watching was almost as good as the natural beauty of the park itself.

St. Stephen’s Green is right at the end of Grafton Street. This is one of the biggest streets in Dublin that is lined with nice shops and always crowded with people. While walking down the street we stopped to listen to a band that was promoting a new CD! There were street performers everywhere. It was definitely a fun place to walk, window shop, and people watch.

When we the end of Grafton Street, we went a few blocks further to Trinity College. This is a very old, very beautiful college in the heart of Dublin. It is weird to think that so many people visit it as a tourist attraction, when there are actual students attending classes there. The campus reminded me of something out of “Dead Poet’s Society” with ancient stone buildings and a calm, prestigious mood. Knowing how much we are loving Ireland, Claire, Tiffany, and I all agreed it would have been awesome to have studied abroad in Dublin and attend Trinity College. Maybe next time ;)

After four sites, we were all tired and in need of an afternoon reading break in our hotel. We are all loving our books! We read until dinner time, when we headed out and found a place called “Against the Grain” for dinner. I got a blended broccoli soup which was delicious and thankfully not too heavy, served with brown soda bread. Claire joined me in ordering soup while Tiffany enjoyed quite possibly her favorite meal in Ireland – Sheppard’s pie!

Tonight after dinner, we set out to find Whelan’s bar which was the bar used in the filming of the movie P.S. I Love You. Knowing how much we all like are obsessed with that movie, we had to check it out!

 Unfortunately the bar was a bit of a let down. The live music was a heavy metal band, and the crowd was much older. Where’s the cute Irish boy singing to us American girls with his acoustic guitar? I guess some things only happen in the movies.

Shout out to Lu-Li - Happy 17th Birthday sister!

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