Checked one of my bucket list cities that I’ve always wanted to visit and finally I have one good reason to finally visit Ireland, well my friend works here and it has been a long time since I told her one day I’ll come to see her there. And here I am..
Day one – First impression
Well I took my flight in the afternoon with Aer Lingus from Paris Charles de Gaulle. As my friend still had not finished her work, so she told me to take the express bus 757 or 747 to one of the famous tech-company. The bus driver asked me my destination, I said I was going to this tech company, but to be honest I had no idea what stop was. So the guy just told me you need to stop at the convention center. OK, which it was just two stops from the airport after passing through the tunnel. I’ve remembered my colleague told me that Dublin is not beautiful as Paris or London, but the Irish people are really humble and nice unlike Parisian. Well, that was true! When the bus arrived at the convention center, the bus driver took his time to explain me how to get to my destination. That will never happen if you are in Paris. You’re lucky enough if Parisian is smiling at you.
Day two – Hop on Hop off tour
You’re not visiting Dublin if you’re not trying the Irish breakfast – poached egg with avocado, sounds weird, but surprisingly pretty nice.
Where to eat:
9 Hanover Quay, Grand Canal Dock,
Dublin 2, D02 KP20, Ireland
Since my friend was not available, I strolled around Dublin alone with Hop On Hop Off city tour bus with 20€ , actually it was really amusing, the bus driver was really funny explaining each area or landmarks, it made me feel like I wasn’t travelling alone. My first stop was Saint Stephen’s Green area, is a city centre public park in Dublin, Ireland. The current landscape of the park was designed by William Sheppard.
The area is finally showing a pretty neighbourhood in Dublin with decent architecture of the surrounded buildings and houses.
The perks by getting on the green bus of Hop on Hop off tour bus, you actually got a free entrance ticket to go to The Little Museum of Dublin (it was worth 10 € by the way). So I decided to jump in. According to Andrew (The Museum’s guide) the museum is also known as a people’s museum, because most of the museum’s collections are given by the locals. The museum exhibitions include the 1916 Rising, U.S. President John F. Kennedy‘s visit to Dublin, and many other landmark events in Irish political and social history. The museum also recently opened a new exhibit that focuses exclusively on the success of the rock band U2. (Source: Wikipedia)
The museum address:
15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, D02 Y066, Ireland
My next stop was The Temple Bar’s area. I thought it was just a bar that you must to visit. It’s actually a pretty famous and hype neighbourhood in Dublin. Beside bars, the area has lots of restaurants too, so you can eat at any hours.
Last stop by the end of the day: Facebook office tour. (P.S. This is not a landmark as many tourists wish for, so unfortunately you can’t get in unless you know somebody who works there)
Day 3 – The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland
This is actually my favourite place in Dublin. It is located 5 km north-west of Dublin city centre and there’s no fee for entrance ticket as being a tourist destination and an amenity for nearby residents. The gardens are very huge, so you will spend at least half of your day to enjoy and have a nice walk there.
Glasnevin, Dublin 9, Ireland
Don’t forget to have a big brunch before you visit the gardens. Here’s one of the fine one located in Dublin city centre.
Where to eat:
153 Capel St, North City, Dublin 1, D01 V9V0, Ireland
As I cannot fit all my 7 journeys in one article, I’ll promise you to give the ensuite of my journeys in Dublin. To be continued..