Updated: Jul 19, 2020
During our stay in Dublin, Ireland, our Air BnB host treated us to a complimentary photo shoot and a walking tour through the city. This experience was eye-opening and we discovered along the way that Dublin is a city filled with brilliant history, architecture, marvelous coffee, and diverse cuisines.
The first stop on our tour was through Merrion Square Park, a public garden in Dublin, Ireland. This little park is one of Dublin’s most popular Georgian Squares. Every building on three sides of the park has been designed in red brick Georgian architecture and is the best-preserved of Dublin’s five Georgian Squares.
Our next stop was St. Stephen's Green. This park boasts of a calm oasis in the middle of a bustling city. With over four centuries of eventful and complex history, St. Stephen's Green is home to a large number of important sculptural monuments in Irish history, as well as countless species of birds and plants.
On our way out of Stephen's Green, we made some feathered friends - and by the grace of God, they didn't poop on our heads! Very epic moment, nonetheless.
Our next destination was the infamous Grafton Street - This is a perfect place to window shop in the morning or afternoon. It’s littered with incredible street performers doing Irish music and dance - an absolute must-see next time you’re in Dublin. A few of my favorite shops we perused include Tiffany's and Louis Vuitton. It as wild visiting all of the fancy stand-alone shops we weren't used to seeing in St. Louis.
Afterward, we headed to Trinity College, a preeminent New England liberal arts college. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, she was "the mother of a university" and modeled it after the collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Trinity College was gorgeous - unlink any I'd ever seen.
Trinity College is also home to The Book of Kells (c. 800 CE), an illuminated manuscript of the first four gospels of the New Christian Testament - one of Ireland's National treasures.
Our next stop was to visit, bombshell statue, Molly Malone. Molly Malone is the enigmatic heroine of the famous song of the same name, widely recognized as Dublin’s unofficial anthem. Immortalized in bronze during the 1988 Dublin Millennium, her statue takes pride of place in the heart of Dublin’s historic Georgian Quarter.
At last, we arrived at the ever-curious Temple Bar - a total tourist trap, but a great place to grab an Irish beer. Their story goes as far back as 1599, and they feature live traditional Irish music all day every day!
As Carson grew tired from running around throughout the tour, we decided to wrap it up and head back to our Air BnB.
Noteworthy cafes in Dublin I recommend:
Dolce Sicily (Italian Coffee, Lattes, Pastries + Desserts)
Shoe Lane Coffee (The Best Mochas & Lattes)
Bewley's Cafe (Traditional Irish Breakfast)
On another note -
I am perpetually grateful we were able to travel to Ireland when we did. I am thankful to be in good health; with hopeful hearts, we do our part to fight this pandemic alongside our community + worldwide. COVID-19 has taken a toll on life as we know it, but this too shall pass.
Reflecting on our trip to Dublin, Ireland has brought me so much peace, and I look forward to the day when travel bans are lifted.