First days at Dublin – Part I
Hello everyone ! Today, I give you an account of the first three days spent in Dublin and its surroundings.
Despite a stormy weather, out of the question for me to stay warm under my comforter! At first, I decided to discover the capital without having a specific program. I then head south of the city and discover the impressive building that forms the former Irish parliament. Opposite is the equally majestic gardens and buildings of Trinity College.
I continue on Gratton Street, famous shopping street where many street artists regularly play music. The place is very lively, day and night. You can also find the tourist office of the city located in an old church. At the end of the street, I arrive at the entrance to Saint Stephen’s Green Park. The park is very well maintained and is characterized by Victorian style gardens and a charming lake. This is the perfect place for a romantic get-together 🙂
Some time ago, I heard about a seaside resort called Dun Laoghaire, which would be easily accessible from the city center. A shopkeeper tells me to take the DART (public transit service of the city) to get there.
The journey takes only about twenty minutes, the time for me to admire Dublin Bay and the Howth peninsula that appears in the distance. The seaside promenade is almost deserted but remains pleasant despite the strong winds. At the end of the pier is the James Joyce Tower which houses a small free museum.
On the other hand if you like shopping, I advise you to go for a walk in the city center since Dun Laoghaire has more than 200 shops!
Raining cats and dogs. So I choose to go to the National Gallery of Ireland. The museum is free but a donation, even small, is recommended. The interior layout is amazing: the entrance is made of raw concrete which contrasts with the worked facade dating from the seventeenth century. The place is filled with corridors that lead to small intimate rooms as well as gigantic halls with dozens of paintings.
The whole is quite eclectic since Irish paintings dating from the twentieth century rub shoulders with the Italian Renaissance. To note, a very beautiful painting of Caravage newly acquired by the museum.