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!

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.

Birthdays, Pizza and the Greening

Yesterday was Carl’s birthday! All he wanted to do for his birthday was go walk around the city at night and go for a slice of some New York style pizza. ¬†What a lucky guy to be in Dublin and be born so close to St Patrick’s day! all the buildings were still lit up in green for St Patrick’s day, the city was still a buzz with all the tourists drinking in public and being especially weird, but in a delightful way.

The day didn’t start off that great, I woke up with an insane migraine, one of those I’ve lost my vision in one eye, bad boys and decided to sleep it off while Carl headed off to church. ¬†I woke up 3 hours later to feel much better and wait for the birthday boy to get back! I asked my parents to send me ingredients for peppermint crisp tart from South Africa and made Carl his favourite dessert! I forgot to get some birthday candles, but sometimes a tea light will work just as well.

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I’m so grateful for Carl. ¬†He is an amazing husband, I mean he’s so good at it, he should get paid for it!, a great friend, a wonderful listener, extremely caring and just the best, funniest guy that I’m so happy to have in my life. ¬†I’m feeling sappy today so…

There are a million reasons why I love Carl, but here are my top 6 reasons.

I love Carl, because he always listens to my rants even when I talk about 5 different things at once. ¬†He will give his opinion on each topic, like I’m not crazy at all.

I love Carl, because he’s caring and always ready to play.

I love Carl, because we make such a great team. ¬†He’s always the calm when I feel like an emotional wreck.

I love Carl, because he’s so loving and always makes me feel special.

I love Carl, because he’s my other half. ¬†He completes me perfectly, we are extremely alike, but we make each other better.

I love Carl, because he’s one of kind. ¬†Slightly awkward, but with a whole lot of soul.

I’m so glad he’s stuck with me for eternity!

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^^ I had a 7 up!

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^^ Big ol’ pizza!

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^^ Dublin lights

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^^ The greening!

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.