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

Life lately has been a whirlwind of adventure. ¬†Seriously guys, its been kind of exhausting, but worth it, I’ve been having muscle pains in places I didn’t know muscles could even be at?! Its been all cliff walks, forest hikes and running to catch buses around here. ¬†We actually crossed a highway and trekked up the most insane hill to get to Ticknock forest. ¬†I was completely tired when I got to the parking lot of the hike entrance, but even the walk up was great we got to see the Irish sheep that’s always shown in movies and saw some amazing farms. ¬†One of the things I love about Ireland is, how different every cliff walk or hike can be, even though they are all just a quick train ride apart. ¬†The best part of our trip? We finally got to see snow! We did walk up a mountain to find it, but being hit in the face by soft snowflakes was worth all the trouble.

Adventuring around Dublin is wonderful you get to see so much, and still feel like there is way more to do.   Ireland is filled with so much sunshine, life, happiness, cloudiness, rain, snow and all sorts of wonder.  Being kept on your toes is good for the soul!

I feel like I’ve become a way happier person in the last month, being baptised, going to church, praying, reading scriptures has made me feel refreshed and ready for everything, but all that is for another post!

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^^ This florally golden globe by a bus stop makes waiting for a bus so much better.

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^^ Wall art. ¬†I’m not sure what it means, but it seems to be something about a kingdom of cacti?

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^^ Pretty buildings and a kid looking at me.

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^^ This little fruit and vegetable shop made me really happy.

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^^ It feels a lot like spring.

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^^ Blurry train trip photo, being serenaded by violin.

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^^ I just love these flowers so much.  Just look how yellow they are!

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^^ Have you ever seen such a happy face? That’s what happens when Carl sees snow.

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^^ Fancy Mcdonald’s and a Gargoyle fountain, goes hand in hand, right?

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^^ Sitting around in woods, is good for the soul.

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^^ Just standing on a rock.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Take me to church…

I don’t know what it is about exploring these magnificent churches, but I just cant get enough. ¬†The other day I was sure a church was trying to lure me in, it had candles everywhere all leading into the church, with a guy playing the guitar and to top it off, it had banners about pope Francis everywhere, but alas I was on the opposite side of the road on a busy traffic day. ¬† I talked about all the way home, but the churches don’t even have to be as pushy as that one, with all the statues, architecture and stained glass, I just want to storm into every single one I see. ¬†Most of these churches have beautiful parks to take long walks in and really just admire the beauty of Ireland, and don’t even get me started on the graveyards! I’m all for a walk back into time and reading tombstones of people who once were, who are a part of someone’s heritage and family history.

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^^ towering building.

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^^ St Patrick’s Cathedral

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^^ a huge tour group in the background.

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^^ We hardly go inside these buildings.  I just never want to pay.  Yeah, we cheap it out too the max.

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^^Yes, that is a flannel shirt around my waist.

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^^ The archangel right at the top.

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^^ I don’t know what this bell did, but he seemed to have gone to bell prison.

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^^ That window!

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I would say the churches of Ireland are a must see, but everywhere you look is a church way grander than the next.  Just go for a walk and you will see a magnificent church on every corner!

Do you want to go to the seaside?

You know what’s a good motto to live by? Just do it! Don’t wait for that perfect day to do something, or you might never end up doing it. ¬†That’s especially true here in Ireland. ¬†If you keep waiting for that perfect sunny day to get out you are going to surely miss out on a lot! ¬†It does get sunny here, but more often than not its raining, and boy, do I love it! Its so much easier to do stuff in colder weather, than in boiling hot weather. ¬†A little rain never hurt anyone and its rather romantic to take a stroll in the rain and just go explore. ¬†Ireland is green for a reason, it rains a lot! but that’s what makes it so beautiful to me, the beautiful grey skies, with the vivid greenery is like something out of a painting, and when the skies are blue, its bluer than the bluest, blue you’ve ever seen! Blue times infinity!

I’ve walked on a lot of beaches in my life, but the beaches in Ireland is where all Indie songs are probably written. ¬†You just expect to see someone breaking up, getting engaged or just throwing that engagement ring in the ocean, Yeah its that kind of ocean. ¬†The moody kind, where dogs come to poop and rocks look elegant. ¬†Where you can find seashells and tilling of a house from times past? ¬†So get your coat, grab an umbrella if you want and go for a walk!

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^^ The sun is trying its best to explode out of the clouds.

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^^ A hidden cove, perfect for your pirate booty

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^^ My hat is eating my head, but it was really windy.  I call this look bag lady chic?

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^^ Really cold posing.  Like you do.

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^^ windy days.

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^^ Carl’s new smile, because he got told he’s got a fake smile. haha.

 

St Mary’s Collegiate Church

and we are back in Dublin! After a long day of bus travel, ¬†and cleaning the most disgusting apartment, we are finally settled in and ready to get exploring! but before I start talking about all the wonders of Dublin let’s not forget Youghal!

It was a sad goodbye leaving our home of 3 weeks, I will forever remember how clean it was, and the beautiful seaside town of Youghal, but my favourite thing in Youghal is definitely St Mary’s church! The oldest church still in service is a wonder to the eyes and imagination, surrounded by town walls that were used by the British to protect the town on the attacks of the native Irish. ¬†These walls are the second longest stretch of town walls surviving in Ireland. ¬†Its a magical experience standing on the town walls looking out on the ocean, the town and the beautiful church. ¬†After the town walls, you can explore the graveyard filled with old tombstones dating back to way before you were born, unless you were a vampire. ¬†Its great to walk around and see how loved these people were, ¬†its family history that’s just too beautiful to miss. ¬†The best is always saved for last and the church is surely the best part. ¬†This church is huge, amazing details everywhere, stained glass to die for and just a beautiful place to explore. ¬†This church would make a believer out of the biggest atheist around.

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^^ Town walls ready to be raided by us.

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^^ Small entrances.

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^^ Gothic poetry was made to be written here.  Just call me Nightwing.

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^^ The view from the wall.

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^^ Can you read this?

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^^ creepy, yet cool.

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^^ Carl looks like an art student.

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^^The view from the top.

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^^ Stained glass and a pompom.

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^^ Even the floor is pretty.

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^^ Stories told on glass.

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^^ more…

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^^ Crows everywhere, just to add a touch of melancholy.IMG_0157new

 

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^^ nature.

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^^ because daffodils.

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^^ I look angelic.

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^^ walking everywhere.

We’ve been to so many graveyards lately, Carl even joked and said we should do a series called the graveyards of Ireland.

The gift of the gab is NOT needed here, but Blarney Castle is needed indeed

Blarney castle is the most photographed place in Ireland and its easy to see why.  Everyone loves a good castle, but throw in some enjoyable walks in magical gardens and you have yourself a grand old time.  Walking around in the gardens makes you want to start plotting diabolical things, if you listen closely you might hear secrets floating on the wind of people that walked these grounds centuries ago.

The castle is a scary ordeal for someone who is scared of heights. ¬†I was doing all fine, until the steps just kept going up and people started screaming profanities in German. ¬†I was sweating, breathing heavily and feeling faint, but I made it to the top and saw the blarney stone getting kissed. ¬†I decided to give this cooties nightmare a miss, but the gift of the gab is something I don’t need any more of. ¬†So down I went holding on to the rope for dear life, ¬†I do respect all the men and women who ran to the murder hole, transporting hot oil to throw down on their enemies. ¬†That’s a task that deserves extra pay in my opinion!

The grounds are ¬†filled with numerous wonders that makes you gasp, like Carl said, ¬†even the ugliest, dullest Prince could have any Princess ¬†he wants with grounds like these, and I agree completely! Who needs love when you have grounds to get lost on! Just joking, we all need more love. ¬† ¬†Tiny bridges makes you feel like putting on your prettiest dress to dance the night away in, or just to go for stroll with your favourite suitor. If that’s not your cup of tea, maybe you could just have a cup of tea and hope the rain doesn’t get you, because running in fancy dress must be a mission, for any young maiden.

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^^ Leading up to the castle you get treated with this beautiful water show.

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^^ Large rocks to us means, a perfect place to take a self timer photo! Thumbs up to that.

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^^No one smiles that innocently in slytherin ,Carl!

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^^ Can you see the witch? People shower her with money.

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^^ Spinning…..

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^^ Perfect place to plot.

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^^ Blarney Castle. IMG_0574new

^^ Looking out the window.

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^^ The view from the family room.

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^^ Castles, hey.

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^^ The magical blarney house.  Where I would happily waste my time.

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^^ Can you spot the man waving?

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^^ Fields of daffodils.  It was like a dream come true.

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^^ Mystical.

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^^ It started raining, I was a little bit excited.  Its the little things.

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^^ I don’t think I was suppose to be here.

Blarney castle might seem like the touristy thing to visit, but its worth it.  Its a great place to explore and go look for leprechauns.  Hey, you might get lucky and find your pot of gold.

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.