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.

an instant of life captured for eternity

We’ve made it to CAPE TOWN! After a gruelling 19 hours of travel, we finally made it.  We had a lot of trials on this trip.  Being knocked down with a cold and being on a plane was definitely number one, I was hit hard with extreme nausea, not being able to breathe and just all those wonderful cold symptoms no one would want on a plane trip. I’m pretty sure a lot of people will get my gross Irish germs and have their little holidays ruined.  I’m sorry in advance people who were in the plane with me! If I could go back and time and not give all my medication to sick missionaries I would!  Turkish Airlines was an amazing flight, lots of leg room, wonderful staff, amazing food that caters for every dietary restriction and the best part they let you sleep without bothering you!  I preferred it over the Emirates flight, don’t get me wrong the Emirates flight was nice, but it would have been nicer in first class, in economy you hardly have any leg room and you kind of have to squeeze your way in and hope you don’t have to go to loo.  Also it doesn’t matter how many stickers you put on your blanket not to be disturbed they still wake you up.  The Turkish Airlines flight was also just 13 hours to Joburg, that seemed like a breeze compared to 18 hours with Emirates.

We are here and we are excited to get exploring! We had an amazing sleep at our room thanks to airbnb! We are also right in the heart of the city bowl and a quick walk from the waterfront!

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^^ Delicious green juice, while walking on Grafton street in Dublin.

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^^ On our last day in Dublin it was raining quite a bit obviously, Dublin couldn’t hold back its tears any more and just started crying.

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^^ Saw this in Dublin.  I’m still wondering if it’s Banksy or a Banksy copier.

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^^ Passports ready and waiting to go!

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^^ Turkish delight at Istanbul Airport.

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^^ If you feel like ice cream at 12 at night, this guy is your man.

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^^ our boarding gate was really far away!

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^^ A South African plane in Joburg.

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^^ Thanks Joburg! This was the only friendly thing we saw in Joburg, every single staff member at the airport was extremely rude to us and completely ignored us.  The only good part was I know now that I don’t have ebola, thanks to a rude scan they did.

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^^ Selfie on a soldier list in St Patrick’s Cathedral.

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^^ Carl and his stick.

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.

 

Malahide Castle

We’ve been obsessed with castles since we’ve gotten here and we just keep finding more to go and explore, we haven’t gone into that many, but the gardens and the grounds make up for it all.  One of the best things about Ireland is, you can go have a picnic lunch somewhere different every day and you won’t have to travel far.  A picnic lunch at a castle is the best way to eat a lunch in my opinion.

Its been absolutely lovely spending so much time with Carl, really exploring things, having fun together and just getting a touch of Stockholm syndrome, but a lit Stockholm syndrome really makes the heart grow fonder.

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^^ Getting a free workout.

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^^ Happy castle exploring buddy.

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^^ Vogue-ing…I guess this is my new pose.

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^^ Just monkeying around.  I couldn’t jump high enough to make it to the bars.

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^^ Pathway pointing.

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^^ The castle! The sun was shining into Carl’s eyes, this is one of the only photos of him with his eyes open.

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^^ I had sunglasses to protect me.

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^^ Carl wanted to make a dramatic entrance.

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