St Patrick’s Cathedral

Yes, another Dublin post! but I just had so much fun in Dublin, that I want all of you to buy a plane ticket to Ireland as you read this! Don’t even worry about the rain, its manageable.  Just get layering and grab your umbrella.

When we realized we only had a couple of days left in Dublin, we made a list of everything we still wanted to do, the list was long and we still didn’t manage to see everything, but hey, Dublin has not seen the last of us.  4 months was way too short to get to experience everything that Dublin has to offer.  One thing we really wanted to go see was St Patrick’s cathedral, and its easy to see why.  Its extremely beautiful! All the detailed carvings, amazing stained glass and just a general feeling of peace, makes me want to go back and make it my home somehow.

Walking around this beautiful place of worship makes you feel like architecture and has really gotten laid back.  I mean who is going to build me a house with such fine details?  One thing I have noticed in Ireland is that a lot of strange things go on sale…I saw the most amazing convent with wonderful grounds going for extra cheap in county Cork so maybe one day I could make my holiday home a cathedral, it won’t be St Patrick’s Cathedral, but it would be something I could work with.

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^^ Ceilings like this make my heart swoon and my knees go weak.

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^^ Regal statue man and an amazing stained window.

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^^ Its got a certain Hogwarts kind of feel to it.

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^^ because everyone needs a golden eagle in their life.

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^^ excited posing.

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^^ Carefree posing.

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^^ Stained glass rainbows.  Almost better than real rainbows.  ALMOST.

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^^ Prayer candles.

10 things I love about Dublin

Its been a week since we’ve left Dublin and I can honestly tell you it still feels like a part of me is missing! Dublin stole a piece of my heart and I can’t wait to go back there some day.  As we start to ease into normal life here in Cape Town, I often think about Dublin and wonder what’s it doing right at this time.  Is Dublin raining on enough people, is the constant weather mood swings driving people nuts or has everyone finally seen the beauty that Dublin has to offer, so here is my list of reasons why I love Dublin.

10 THINGS I LOVE ABOUT DUBLIN

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  1.  Daffodils everywhere.  I can’t get enough of all the beautiful daffodils all around Dublin.  Its like a yellow field of happiness.
  2. Church bells ringing.  Hearing church bells always ringing and some even ringing in a hymn.  Its sure a lot nicer on the ears than sirens.
  3. Cathedrals.  Stained glass, architecture, the history these cathedrals are all wonderful to explore and all of them are amazingly unique in their own special way.
  4. Grafton Street buskers.  Grafton Street is filled with the most talented musicians you will ever come across.  I mean these guys are so good, they would make every future rockstar try a little harder.
  5. The accent.  The wonder accent of the Irish! Its like a song on the ears and the further you get out of Dublin the more and more difficult in gets to understand what people are saying.
  6. Polite people.  Dublin is filled with the most polite people you will ever meet. People make an effort to stop for you as a pedestrian, someone is always letting you go in front of them at the grocery store, just because you don’t have as much groceries as they do and the honour code is strong in Dublin, all around you, you see people following the rules and taking pride in it.
  7. Scenery.  The scenery all over Dublin is breathtaking and most things are just a quick train, bus or walk trip away.  From amazing cliff walks to pebbly beaches.
  8. Most of the museums are free.  Explore the national gallery and see Van Gogh, Picasso and a Monet painting, with many more gems waiting to make you feel like a pretentious art student.  Or go and look at the bog bodies and the Museum of archaeology.  There is so much to do, but so little time!
  9. Parks.  There are so many different parks all over Dublin worth exploring.  These parks are amazing to walk through and even better to people watch.
  10.  Castles galore! It feels like everywhere you look in Dublin there is a castle waiting to be explored and who doesn’t love a castle?

I’m starting to feel like I’m having Dublin withdrawals!

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.

Build castles in the air

a day spend in Dalkey in the south of Dublin, is like building castle in the air, but daydreaming and reality go hand in hand in this little seaside town, with 7 castles all around and only one you can go into.  A little place where a school, old age home and a building completely locked are all castles, making you wonder ” what wonderland did I just stumble across?” or ” what nightmare is this?, why can’t I go into them?”  Dalkey, is a wonderful little town with panoramic sea views everywhere you look, and but just when you think this is so magical,  you see a man walking around in a nude coloured thong, making all the magic disappear in a record speed, but if you really want to get a good view of all the strange thong men, then the best view in town is definitely at the James Joyce tower, its free and you get to see everything James Joyce.  He seemed liked a typical troubled artist, seeing panthers and just being a horrible house guest, but all the best characters are a little bit strange.

Strolling around this little seaside town so close to Dublin, makes you feel like you’re in the cheesiest rom com in the whole world, but its worth it.

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^^ Really blue water and perfectly clean pathways that makes me want to start up running again, but then I come to my senses and just say no.

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^^ Those rocks look really slippery.

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^^ Always smiling and happy.

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^^ South African soil in Ireland.

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^^ A great place to splash around.

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^^ Pondering.

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^^ So macabre, this is one of the two moulds taken from James Joyce’s face when he died.

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^^ Inside the tower.

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^^ Narrow staircases and happy husbands.

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^^ Carl’s hair started swaying like the flag.

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^^ Kicking imaginary footballs.

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^^ Made it to the top swing.

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^^ Male bathing area.

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^^ Holding on for dear life and posing.  Like you do.

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^^ Casual.

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^^ James Joyce tower from the strand.

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^^ Castles everywhere.

Happy weekend everybody! Do you have any weekend plans? 

 

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

Life lately has been one fun ride.  Mostly walking, but some rides here and there.  With all the fun things to do around Dublin you would have to really try hard not to have a good time.  Castles, leaves, Chinese new years and all sort of wonderful fun is ready to get have in Dublin.  Everything is a short or long walk depends on the mood you’re in anyway, but the public transport here is amazing so take a bus, train or tram and activities are around all the corners.  Even the corners are great, lined with cobblestones and churches, the most boring corner is a beautiful one!

I guess you can see beauty in every place you’re in, but there is just something magical about Ireland.  Maybe its because its my two favourite colours grey and green, or maybe its all the daffodils exploding out of the ground in preparation for spring, the beautiful architecture that will make anyone’s heart thump, unless you don’t have a heart or maybe its the church bells that ring in delight every Sunday telling you to take the Sabbath day seriously, but maybe its just Dublin, beautiful, slightly shabby Dublin.  With all that charm and prettiness just making my heart swoon and just telling me this is where you belong.  Whatever it is Ireland is an adventure that I never want to forget.

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^^ Just call me Mary Poppins.

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^^ leaves.

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^^ Rathfarnam castle exploring days.  The ceiling depicts Jesus’s life.

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^^ Excited mirror selfie!

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^^ Drimnagh castle.  Its got the only surviving moat in Ireland.

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^^ CHQ Chinese new year.  It wasn’t as amazing as the one we went to last year, but it was still good.

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^^ Chinese chess.  I wonder who is winning.

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^^ A very popular dragon.

How was your weekend?

Walking Travels – Dublin

Most of our days consists of walking around, getting lost, running for buses and missing them by just a couple of seconds!  Its been a great way of exploring and seeing something different at every corner, no matter how many times you’ve walked in one place, everyday there is something new! Dublin is a whirlwind of culture, different languages being spoken around every corner and an abundance of causes being supported.   Seeing all the happy, bundled up children, can really make you broody beyond believe!  Kids jumping in puddles and just enjoying their childhood is one of the most beautiful things you will see.

With all the green parks, heritage, culture and the beautiful old books at trinity college we sure have been busy living life and having a whole lot of fun along the way.

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^^ Bicycles at trinity college.

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^^ Old books at trinity library.

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^^ 1830 copy of the book of mormon.  So well kept.

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^^ That is a seagull.  No respect!

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^^ Its really hard to find the pot of gold when there is so many rainbows.

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^^ really windy day.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Bus ride photos.

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^^ Mary is always around in Dublin.

a delightful stroll around trinity…

After numerous days of not being able to locate trinity college, thanks to hordes of people, and just our confused lost tourist vibe, we finally managed to make it in without looking like complete idiots.  We did manage to get in a lot of peoples photos, regardless of duck running.  Its definitely worth all the trouble, its a beautiful college that makes you just want to go in and pretend to be a student and study your butt off.  Maybe even walk the grounds with a book under your arm, looking for the perfect place to read it.  Yes, it’s that kind of college.  The strap on some suspenders, grow a beard and get some glasses kind.

Instead of going into the expensive library we just milled around and really got to experience the free outside!

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^^ With these guys looking down on you, you know you should be studying.

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^^ STUDY!

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^^ Carl would make a mighty fine student here.

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^^ When the grass is this green, you would never have to worry if its greener on the other side.

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^^ Found the perfect place to read that book.

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Its a great place to spend a blue sky day!

The Hunt For Snow

With the help of accuweather we set out to look for snow, but all we could find was a whole lot of frost.  It was still mesmerizing, so I was not mad one bit.  We walked and walked looking everywhere for those magical snowflakes, but all we got were rosy cheeks and blue lips.  I will not be deterred! I will see snow, its just a matter of time, until then, we will just keep exploring and falling more in love with Ireland.

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^^ A frosty sidewalk, made for a slippery walk.

 

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^^ Frosty car.

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^^ It was a whole lot of the 90’s when we saw the grass and their frosted tips.

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^^ Icy!

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^^ Pretty street-lights and a plane going somewhere. IMG_1037new

^^ Walking on thin ice is really fun.

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^^ Its all about layers.

 

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^^ I wonder what he was looking at.

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^^ No, that’s not Kurt Cobain.

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^^ Its MEEEE!

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^^ I don’t know why I’m looking at the ground, but whatevs.

We also went on a church stalk, we literally walked up and down 3 times to see the age dynamic and vibe from the church, so if you’re in Dublin and you saw 2 suspicious people passing your church rubber necking to see what’s the deal.  Hi, you just met us.  We might pop in Sunday and blow your mind with this craziness.

 

Dublin Adventure Part 2

Dublin is just such a beautiful city.  Cobblestones, old buildings, surprisingly clean and a lot of first world problem protesting going on around the city.  People walking their dogs, walking themselves or just taking the kids out for a walk.  Its definitely a beautiful walking city, a great place to get lost in with a hot beverage in your hand and adventure on your mind.  Everywhere you turn there is something interesting to stare at.

Its easy to fall head over heels in love with this crazy beautiful city.

 

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^^ Dublin castle.

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^^ Christ church cathedral .

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^^ Graffiti, because when you have that light-bulb moment, its best to just paint it.

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^^ Cutest couple in their Sunday best.

 

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^^ because every building needs a gold fish.

 

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^^ obligated temple bar photo.  We did catch a glimpse of some fresh out of temple bar vomit.

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^^ Where Bruce Wayne lost his parents?

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^^ Guinness factory.

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^^ The friendliest reindeer in all the land.

Do you have some Ireland must sees?

Dublin Adventure Part 1

After a gruelling 18 hour flight we finally made it to a surprisingly sunny Dublin, short lived sun, but one day of blue skies is more than I needed.  We got a taxi to our lodge and set out to explore Dublin on zero sleep, but a lot of motivation not to waste a second.  Somehow we managed to walk 9 km into the city centre and explore.  If you are one of those crazy people that can sleep on a plane, I really envy you! I tried and tried, somehow hurt my knee and just ended up being grumpy at my attempts of sleep.  The lack of sleep, with the 3 days of exploring Dublin really kept me going.   I’m still rocking those deep bags under my eyes, but its all so worth it.

Lack of burglar guards, small fences, no gates, really honest people had us in a complete sense of culture shock.  We did go all South African on a lot of innocent people just walking home with groceries.  The distrusting “you better not rob me” face was used A LOT, trying to walk faster than everyone else, because of fear was also a big thing.  At one point Carl walked so fast, my legs didn’t want to work any more.  I’ve been suffering from an extremely painful knee ever since.  Every day we seem to chill out a little more, I somehow want to widen my eyes more and more just to take everything in.  The beautiful green, the magnificent grey skies, my two favourite colours jam packed into one hell of a beautiful country.

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^^ waiting for the train.  I completely embarrassed myself by getting stuck in the little exiting train prison, ticket checking part.  Oh well.  Lesson learned!

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^^ One of the many beautiful churches around Dublin.

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^^ The most beautiful grass I ever did see.

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^^ While meandering around the city it started snowing.  Carl didn’t want to believe it was snow, he kept saying it was bubbles.  It was snow.

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^^ Dublin castle and that man trying to break out of the wall.

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^^ Dublin Castle.

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^^ A lot of people hate the cold and wetness, but I love it.  Being all bundled up, not sweating out of perculiar places is heaven to me.  Being angry at your ancestry for going to such a hot place, is justifiable when you hate the heat.

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^^ Cute houses around every corner.

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After the most beautiful bus trip I’ve ever been on we arrive at home base (Youghal) last night.  3 weeks in this beautiful little town before we move on to cork.