St Patrick’s day in Dublin

If I had a bucket list, going to St Patrick’s day in Dublin would be right at the top!  St Patrick is one of the worlds most popular saints, he brought Christianity to Ireland, but today St Patrick’s day is known as a day of drinking.  Being a non drinker at St Patrick’s day didn’t phase us at all! The parade, the silly outfits, the extremely happy people and the fair was enough to make anyone excited! Its  a time to celebrate and wear green, while looking at a parade that felt like it made no sense, I’m sure it made sense, but it seemed to be a miss-match of strange floats and a lot of marching bands.

After a rocky start of squeezing into a jam packed tram, accidentally leaving a friend behind, other friends getting off at the next stop to wait for the next tram so she wouldn’t get lost, we finally managed to wiggle our way into the best spot! Right next to the big screen and reasonably close to the parade.

a few photos below…

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^^ This was one of my favourite floats! I just want to live in that house.

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^^ a mouth..

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^^ Bunnies

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^^ Trinity college!

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^^ I want all of them!

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^^ everyone wears green for St Patrick’s day.

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^^ Leprechaun piggy back ride.

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^^ I just really love this bicycle!

Dublin After Dark

The short days are finally over and all of sudden its spring, night time comes by way later these days, and the days are glorious.  The perfect, just warm enough weather to really go meander in and not feel uncomfortable, every time I think I can’t possibly fall more in love with Dublin, I fall harder than before.  At this rate I’m going to start stalking Dublin!

Walking around everywhere and anywhere has been the most amazing treat for me, walking around in a city is the best way to explore all the little nooks and crannies, we walk the same route into the city every day, but every time I see something new.  After church yesterday Carl and I decided to wait until it got dark to go take a walk in the city. Since we’ve been here we haven’t really been out at night, mostly because we’ve been too tired from day time activities.

Dublin at night is when the city comes alive! People walking to restaurants, coming home from a hard day at the pub, couples strolling down twinkle light streets, parents playing with their kids trying to tucker them out before bed and dogs everywhere, getting taken on numerous walks.

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^^ beautiful sunset over the canal.

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^^ Bicycles waiting to be taken for a ride.

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^^ Carl, looking at bicycle hire machine.  I love his little hat.

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^^ Just standing around in the pretty lights.

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^^ The theatre looks magical.

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^^Standing in the triangle.

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^^ Swinging from the pole.

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^^ Even the bars look good at night.

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^^ I love the reflection on the water.

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^^ Big ol’ bridge.

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^^ Casual strolls.

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^^This old school boat gave a creepy feel.

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^^ Even the churches get in on the lights.

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^^ You can rest your weary bones and stare at this colourful city right here.

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^^ Reflections

Walking around after dark felt like such a freeing thing to do.  Walking without fear, with no specific reason in mind and just wanting to scream “I LOVE YOU DUBLIN”, is amazing.

 

Ticknock Forest, is filled with magic and snow!

Well I didn’t really find any magic at Ticknock forest, but it is the kind of place where you expect elves to run around on some conquest to destroy some evil in this world. I didn’t see any elves, but I did see snow and that was magical enough for me.  Getting to Ticknock was quite a mission, I would definitely suggest that you bully some lovely friends with a car into going with you, otherwise you have to take a bus, cross a highway and walk up an insane road with blind corners everywhere while cars speed by.  I don’t think there is anything worse on the thighs than a never ending road that has a slight incline all the way up, the good part is ; its a great work out and you get to do most of getting to the top of a mountain on tar.  Of course the real rewards is being surrounded by trees all around you, and views of the entire Dublin and if you look close enough you can see the mountains in Belfast.

Being the sillies we are we completely forgot to pack any food and had one small bottle of water.  Yeah, I know! Crazy, but we carried on and walked for hours and hours, just being gently caressed by snow, seeing tiny snowmen all around and dogs excitingly trying to catch the snowflakes.  When we finally walked down the mountain seemed to be angry at our decision to leave and decided to turn the softness of the snowflakes into hard painful hail!  Nothing gives you energy to make it back to the bottom like being pelted in the face with hail!  We rushed home and stuffed our faces with all the food and water we could get.  Magical days come at a cost and I’m still feeling it in my stiff body!

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^^ Spiky trees and soft snow.

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^^ Only leave footprints behind.

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^^ This guy was so happy.

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^^ A little snowman.

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^^ Lost in the beauty of the trees. Or maybe he heard something.

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^^ Snow crazed.

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^^ I’m a tree!

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^^ forest ferns sure are pretty.

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^^ This rock sure was popular.  Not seen, people on the other side just chilling.

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^^ I just loved these wood logs.

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^^ Trails for days.

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^^ Snow on the mountain.

Oh deer, its Phoenix Park

The other day we decided to get ourselves back to Phoenix Park, this time with some carrots in our bag and a less frightened attitude.  I tend not to trust skittish animals, with fighting weapons on their heads,  but we persevered and had an incredible day.

Phoenix park is an amazing park its incredibly huge and amazing.  Its filled with wonderful things to explore including the Wellington Monument and the popes cross. If you are into monstrous towering things, these two things will make you gasp!  We ended up having a small picnic by the cross,  bringing a packed lunch is so old school, but so worth it, you never know where you will have an impromptu picnic.  With all the walking we do in Dublin we are ravenous almost all the time so we have some kind of treat with us at all times. You never want to be hangry when you have an hour walk back home, your husband will start looking like a monster that’s starving you after a while.

We skipped the first herd of deer, because they looked rather fat with the amount of carrots they’ve been fed and went exploring, Carl decided to try his tracking skills and assured me only one deer passed through the wooded area, while I was pointing towards the 30 deer just relaxing on a rugby field.  These deer seemed to not have had the sweet taste of carrot in a long time and came rushing towards us, while I desperately tried to get a carrot out in time.  Getting surrounded by deer is not fun, but fun all at the same time.  I did learn to get out of a sticky situation with greedy deer is to treat them like dogs and throw carrots like a ball, they go running after it, while you can make a clear run out of there.

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^^ a tiny Carl.

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^^ Dublin has made me extremely dog crazy.  I feel like running after ever dog I see, screaming let me stroke you!

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^^ A lovely stream.

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^^ Carl found this branch and went a little crazy.  This is his Gandalf impression.

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^^ His harry potter impression.

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^^ and this is me trying to lift the branch, it was really heavy.

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^^Woody photos are always amazing.

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^^Carl, the deer training gentleman.

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^^ Dublin is like a disney movie.

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^^ It seems like Carl is slapping the deer with carrot.

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^^ A triangle of deer.

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^^ Trying to leave unnoticed.  It didn’t work.

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^^ When you have a bag of carrots in your hands all eyes will be on you.

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^^ Towering Cross.  We sat at the top of the stairs had a little prayer and enjoyed a delicious lunch.

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^^ Two birds just chilling at the top.

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^^The view.

 

A Dublin Love-fest

With the dedicated day for love (valentines day) approaching, I thought why not have a whole post on Dublin in love.  Yes, Dublin is a city and doesn’t really have any feelings so for Dublin to be in love would be kind of hard, but sometimes it feels like the city is just overflowing with love.  The swans on the canal making any boring walk romantic, the beautiful building just screaming love is happening here and even the drunks, just passionately screaming away a storm.  Dublin is a city to love and fall in love with.  Even if its not with the love of your life, you can just fall in love with the cobblestones, because sometimes cobblestones have a lot more going on than some of the people you’ve been on a date with.

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^^ hearts on the wall.

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^^ They don’t say love birds for nothing.

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^^ Swans being majestic.

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^^ We love you Dublin.

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^^ You can find love everywhere.

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^^ The best way to live.

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^^ My soulbro.

Do you have any plans for valentines day?

Walking Travels – an Irish walking adventure

Walking travel is definitely the slowest means of transport, unless you count a 26 stop bus for 7 km! With everyone wanting to get somewhere fast and experience everything in record speed, just to get back home and relax, walking travel is definitely not for everyone, but its worth it! You get to experience a town and really get into all those little nooks and crannies.  Its also the best way to walk off all the delicious food you’ve been eating.

We’ve been walking miles upon miles, forgetting to take food and trying to eat a tofu horse when we get home, but its been really fun and also really cheap.  We like things cheap here, so if we are able to walk it , we will and we shall!   So off we would set with google maps in Carl’s trusty hands and my who cares if we get lost attitude, ready for any adventure that might come our way.  Trying to really tone down our tourist vibe, by speaking in super hushed voices, to a point that we would have to read lips, but adventures are always had and things are always seen.  Trying to take everything in and really get swept up by the beauty of Ireland.

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^^ We don’t drink, but when you find the heineken factory, you have to take a photo.  Walks in Cork City.  I didn’t like Cork city much, but if we all liked all the same things the world would be a really boring place.

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^^ One day we decided we really wanted to walk to this bridge to just look at the river.

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^^ City walks, with our trusty backpack and a bottle of water.

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^^ staring at the water.

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^^ Artsy photos, because sometimes you just have to.

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^^ This thing.

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^^ Friendly swans being majestic.

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^^ Street performers everywhere.  This guy had the voice of an angel!

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^^ Christmas light magic.

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^^ Gloomy days.

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^^ How does this thing work?

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^^ Photo taking all the time.

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^^ Street art everywhere.