As a pre birthday celebration, my oldest friend and I decided to book a trip. Just to celebrate the last days before the age counter added a year. We opted for Dublin, a city that we both had not seen yet. It was one of those cities in Europe that I thought was a must see.

Our accommodation was located close to Stephen’s Green, so lots of the sights were a walking distance away. Leesson Inn Downtown was a good accommodation. It’s simple, central and quite good priced. Dublin is in general an expensive city. The staff was really friendly (Especially after a spider incident 😉 )

So.. what did we do & see? And did I like the city?

Things to see

Guinness Storehouse & Jameson Distillery
I remember having my first Guinness when I was living in Paris. It was a bad first experience and I didn’t like the taste. 3 years later, I decided to try it again. During the tasting part, the lady explained us to never nip your Guinness but to take a BIG sip to fully grasp the real taste. I was pleasantly surprised because I liked the flavour (Maybe its a growing up thing?). After exploring the Storehouse, which is full of cool areas (Something about a fish on a bike), we enjoyed a complementary pint at the Gravity Bar with great views of Dublin.
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At the Jameson Distillery, we got an insight into the production of Jameson. Really cool, with lots of fun insider facts. Our tour guide had a great knowledge but had used his jokes too often that day 😉 #sorrynotsorry. After the whisky tasting, including 3 shots of different brands, we were offered a drink on the house. I had never tried whisky-ginger ale, but I really like this combination, it is going to be my new fav!
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Dublin Castle
Supposed to be a must see in Dublin, we included the Castle in our planning. Do I think it’s a must see? No, at least not for me. You get to see really less of the castle, I think we left the place in 15-20 minutes. I think for the amount you get to experience, there shouldn’t be an entrance fee.
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St Patrick’s
One cool church! Every time I am abroad, I limit my church visits to 1 maybe 2. Call me a barbarian, but when I see one, I have seen them all. St Patrick’s on the other hand, will be one of those churches I’ll remember. I think the church is very interactive with its visitors. You can leave wishes for your loved ones, find out more about the church on a big touch screen (this church clearly supports the evolution) and there is a drawing section for kids! The inside of the church isn’t much special compared to others, but I really like the free and positive vibes of St Patrick’s, which make it a happy place!
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Trinity college
For me, this was one of the things I was most looking forward to, especially the old library. And I didn’t get disappointed. Wow! This was absolutely breathtaking. So many old books with an incredible value. I only could imagine how much work it takes to take care of this library. I felt like I was in a movie and could feel going back in time. Love the places where my imagination starts running on its own.
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Miscellaneous shots
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Where to eat
I’ll only sum up those places that stood out and would recommend on going to.

Pygmalion
I had a yummy quinoa salad with goat cheese, apple and beets! On the side, some sweet potato fries. The pink lemonade was amazing. I asked the waiter for the recipe and he was kind enough to share it. It won’t take long for me to try the salad and lemonade at home.
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Ladurée
No need to say anything. Ladurée is always a good idea.
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Itsa
A recommendation for bagel lovers!
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Taco Taco
A great variety of Mexican food combined with a trendy and young venue. Oh, and a very handsome waiter. MUST try: peanut butter ice cream as dessert. You won’t regret it. (It was too dark to take any pictures, sorry!)

Yay or nay?

All in all I can say I had a good time in Dublin and I had a blast with my friend. However, I am not sure whether Dublin is really my cup of tea. For me, the city had something sober, dusty and monotone. I expected it to be more folkloric and diverse. The thing with diversity is that, in general, I am a curious person and I like to see different things and get different vibes. In this city I only felt the same vibe everywhere I went and wasn’t triggered or surprised after a while. The wow factor was missing from time to time. Nonetheless, Irish people are super friendly! Even at 6 am 😉 And for foodies like me, the city has a great offer of nice places with good food.

Has anyone else had this experience with Dublin? Or is it totally misplaced to your opinion?

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