The first thing I want to say about Dublin is that the people we met there are among the friendliest I’ve ever encountered. Every single person we interacted with was an absolute joy. David and I felt welcome and included everywhere we went.
Our room at the Westin was beautiful and the hotel was in a great central location of the city. It was right next to Trinity College, the Book of Kells, and very close to the the Temple Bar area. Temple Bar is a very lively part of Dublin with tons of pubs. The locals we met were quick to tell us Temple Bar caters to tourists and if we wanted an authentic Irish pub experience, we would need to leave the area.
Our time in Dublin was much more leisurely than London or Edinburgh. We didn’t have any plans or itinerary, which was actually really nice. We started our first full day in Dublin with a Sandman’s Free Walking Tour of Dublin. Like all the other free walking tours we had done on the trip, this one did not disappoint and it was a great way to start exploring the city.
In the afternoon we met up with one of David’s old college friends who has been living in Dublin for a couple years. The three of us had a couple beers at a pub, then headed to nice bar to meet up with a friend of his. We had a great time catching up over (many) drinks and enjoyed Dublin’s nightlife. I was definitely feeling it the next day, but it was worth it because it was one of the best nights of the trip.
On our last day in Dublin, David and I explored the city on our own and did some shopping. I wanted to buy all the warm and cozy Aran sweaters.
In the evening we did a Musical Pub Crawl. The Musical Pub Crawl takes you around to pubs and is led by two professional Irish folk musicians. They play traditional Irish songs while telling you the history of Irish music. Our musicians were Eugene and Dermot and they were outstanding. It may sound cheesy, but the Musical Pub Crawl was the best experience I had on our trip. Even David, who I had to drag to the pub crawl, agreed it was the best thing we’d done. I’m a pretty emotional person and the beauty of the music brought me to tears more than once. We didn’t want the night to end, but it was the perfect send off before returning to Atlanta.
I absolutely loved Dublin and as cliche as it may sound, I feel like I left a piece of my heart there. The city and the people gave me a sense of belonging and I can’t wait to go back to see the rest of Ireland.