Hi everyone, during the first week of my vacations in August I had the chance to visit my friend Kate to Dublin where see works and lives almost a year now.
She is trying for quite a while now to convince us to visit her and now finally the time came. Unfortunately we couldn’t also convince the 3rd part of our gang (yes I am reffering to you Bubbles..) to follow but that’s ok all the more reasons to revisit her in the future! 🙂
So lets begin..
Day 1 : Going there
I was in the plain for 2:30 hours! Good time to catch up with my blogging and to relax with good music. When I arrive I have to take a bus to the center of the city where Kate will meet me.
As soon as I found Kate she took me to the Temple Bar. There I tasted a great Komperburg with strauberry cider that we do not have here in Greece and there was live music. As Kate informed me this is the number one place that you have to visit when you come to Dublin and so we did!!
Day 2 : Tour Bellfast
First stop the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, a famous rope bridge near Ballintoy in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The bridge links the mainland to the tiny island of Carrickarede. They build this bridge to Fish salmon now its only for sightseeing and it costs 7$ to cross it over.
Next stop the Giants causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is located in County Antrim on the north coast of Northern Ireland. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland. The sighseeing was absolutely amazing!!
Since we are in Ireland I couldn’t help but visit also some of the places that my favorite tv series (Game of Thrones obviously) have been shot. So next stops were the Grey Joy castle where unfortunately you cannot go in but only see it from distance and then the King’s road.
After that we went to the Titanic museum and a small walk in Bellfast. In Bellfast we saw a clock that they have build for Prince Alfred and the symbolic wall.
Our day closed with beers and food at MILANO. It is a great italian restaurant.
Day 3: Dublin Center
On the third day we started out by doing the Vikings tour. Basically we saw the city of Dublin with commentary regarding the vikings. It was cool we got to roar at strangers and wear the cool viking hats. 😛
Next stop Saint Patrick Church. It is a great church but what stroke to me the most is a tree they have inside where you can write the names of your lost ones so as not to be forgotten.
We continue with the Dublin Castle and then a small break for food at JO BURGERS. I have to say the burgers in Ireland were amazing. I must have put 3 kg from so much food.
Last stop for the day the GUINESS Store House. It is a great tour in the wharehouse and in the end you get to drink your guiness in the top of the building where you can see all the city.
So as to close our day we went to here live music and see the traditional irish dance in MURRAYS PUB.
Day 4: SHOPPING
The forth day Kate had to go to work so I went for shopping!! I visited Penneys (they are the primark with different name in ireland), Carrolds (just to get some souvenirs), Mango and finally Starbucks (of course for a coffe break).
When Kate left work we went to the Howlth fishing village were we saw a greta sunset and we ate at the dog House afterwards.
Day 5: Last Day
My last day started very relaxing. I had the change to enjoy Kate’s home and then I went out for more shopping around! I went to Marks and spencer, Malls, Starbucks, I saw the Spire in the middle of the city center and I went in almost any shop in the Dublin center.
After Kate left work we ate Fish and chips and then I got on my plane and came back.
All in all it was a great experience. Dublin is a wonderful city and Ireland is a country with amazing landscape. Ok the weather is a little bit tricky but each country has it’s own issues. Just to give you an idea the first thing Kate made me do when I step my foot in Ireland is buy a raincoat! (Best decision ever) I didnt use an umbrella at all (the wind will break it) but the coat was with me suring the whole trip and occasionaly we just put it on and continue our trip like nothing was happening. If you are a fun of cold wheather, great beer and great landscapes this country should be your next destination!!!
PS. if you liked that post stay tuned because a viedo is coming up soon!