Our Impressions Of Dublin, Ireland

After having spent a few days in Dublin last week during the 2011 Europe Train Challenge, we left with many memories and impressions of the city. Here is a quick round up of our thoughts and what we learned and loved about Dublin:

A Stranger Is A Friend You Haven’t Talked To Yet

In Dublin, we found the locals very talkative and easy going. If you stand next to someone at a bus stop you can be sure to know their life story 10 minutes later, which when we mentioned this to a local girl she completely agreed.

Apparently (according to a guy we met in London), the Irish people have a rumor of being rude and weird. We did not find that true at all, but we suspect that their rumor might have something to do with Britts and Irish in particular.

The Pubs And The Golden Mile

I’ve never been in a city with so many pubs! We saw more pubs in this city than there were shops.

Nobody knows how many pubs there are here, but it would definitely take you years before you’ve visited them all. Our friend Anna who has been living in Dublin for over two years still hasn’t been to all of them, despite going out practically every night.

The Golden Mile is a nickname given to Great Victoria Street, which is a long street jam packed with pubs. It’s called the Golden Mile because few ever make it to the end of the street – people try for years to drink at every pub on the street in one night, but few are able to finish. Besides, if anyone were to finish the Golden Mile, they would most likely end up needing Intervention Support due to alcoholism.

Let’s face it, if you can finish the Golden Mile, you obviously know your way around a bottle.

In Ireland, pubs are the meeting point. While in other cities you go to cafes with friends, here you go to pubs.

Alcohol in itself is a big part of Irish culture. This is where Guinness Stout, Irish Whiskey and Irish coffee are from. In Dublin you will find the brewery as well as the store house for both Guinness and Jamesons Whiskey, and if you want you can take a tour there.

Of course, they Irish put a dash of whiskey in their coffee too – and to be honest, I think it was a good idea.

The Best, the Oldest and the Traditional

Oldest sea food restaurant, oldest pub, oldest fish n chip place, oldest church… Being the oldest or best in something is a big hit here, and the Dubliners are very proud of their heritage.

Dublin is also home to world famous writers and poets: Jonathan Swift, James Joyce and Oscar Wilde were all from Dublin. The historic library, Trinity College (where many famous writers studied) are great places to visit in Dublin to get some insight of the Irish literary.

Compared to other places, you can also find a lot of food and drink that is “traditionally Irish”, which is great fun for the traveler.

And best of all, it’s not a tourist act, it actually what the Irish people eat and drink as well.

The Colorful Doors

The first thing I noticed when arriving in Dublin were the bright colorful doors on every house, and the traditional architecture on the buildings.

There are two theories of where the colorful doors come from:

  1. When Queen Victoria died, everyone was told to paint their doors black in mourning. In revolt, the Irish did the opposite and painted their doors in bright beautiful colors.
  2. The women painted their doors in different colors so that their drunken men wouldn’t miss it and walk into the wrong house.

In my opinion, it could be either one!

The Irish Music

Irish music has a long history and is very important to the Irish people. The songs are like stories, and the music has a very special touch to it with violins.

Irish music is plays at nearly every pub in town every night of the week, and really enhances the experience of the pub.

Have you been to Dublin? What do you remember, like or dislike about the city?

18 Responses to Our Impressions Of Dublin, Ireland

  1. Anonymous May 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m British and think the Irish are lovely! In particular when I went to Dublin :)

    And don’t get me started on how gorgeous the accent is on an Irish lass! haha

    • Sofia - As We Travel May 12, 2011 at 6:12 am #

      haha thats great to hear! I wasn’t sure that guy was talking about cos we loved the irish mindset – and yeah I can see how you could think the girls sound cute hehe.

      • Anonymous May 12, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

        He was probably one of these Brits (roughly 90% of them are) that think England is the only country in the world haha.

        Two of the greatest words ever; Andrea Corr

        • Sofia - As We Travel May 12, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

          Yeah she is really cute, her accent isn’t as strong as some people we met there :P

  2. Annie May 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

    I loved Dublin when we were there! I agree with everything you’ve said, what a fun city!

    • Sofia - As We Travel May 12, 2011 at 6:13 am #

      Hey Annie – thanks for the comment, agree the city was so much fun!

  3. Katrina May 11, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    First trip to Dublin I was coming from Naples. Found it cute, clean, and small. Now that I live in Cork, however, Dublin is WAY to big and busy! I love that Cork is human-sized and walkable, yet has all the comforts and entertainments of a larger city. If you like history, however, Dublin (and Cork ;) is fantastic! Also, LOVE Trinity College and the Book of Kells. :)

    • Sofia - As We Travel May 12, 2011 at 6:14 am #

      Hey Katrina, That is interesting – when you come from a bigger place it seems cute and small, but from a small place it feels bigger – we went to London after so Dublin felt very small and homely.

      There is also so much history in the city, we could have spent many more days there.

  4. Andrew - The Unframed World May 12, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    Colorful Door FTW! I am psyched for more updates and totally want to visit Europe now.

    • Sofia - As We Travel May 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

      Thanks Andrew! Many videos coming soon, trying to edit them while seeing Europe at the same time – turns out to be a bit more stressful than we thought..!

      How’s the Japan bike trip going?

  5. Margaret Byrne May 15, 2011 at 7:53 am #

    Have just done a cruise with 800 hundred Irish people as the only passengers I’m English.They are fantastic they love to dance, their music is wonderful and their humour is infectious.

    • Sofia - As We Travel May 17, 2011 at 7:13 am #

       Sounds like a great cruise trip! I agree, they’re lovely people.

  6. Emily May 16, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    I am dying to go to Ireland, especially Dublin! I have been to Edinburgh, which reminds me a lot of what you are describing–tons of friendly people, hundreds of pubs, and loads of history. I love places like that. Things just aren’t like that in the US!

  7. A Year In Motion May 24, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Love your trip! My first time to Europe when I was 21 I did a trip like yours, as much of Europe as I could in 2 months. It was tiring, but it was an awesome adventure I will always cherish; totally worth it! The last time I came as a tourist to Europe I planned to stay longer in each country. I started with Ireland as I had skipped it on all of my trips to Europe. I came for one week for St Patrick’s, and I am still here, more than 6 years after! I canceled the rest of the trip and moved to Dublin. I have been able to travel extensively over Europe since then and even though it’s all beautiful and really diverse for such a small territory, there’s no place like Ireland. And that is because of the Irish people, they are the most welcoming, and nicest people in Europe. That is the real reputation they have and  can tell you they live up to it. They are known as the “Latins of Europe” for their friendliness and easygoing way. Have a fantastic time and if you come back this way let me know. Cheers,

  8. Andy Steven June 21, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Great Blog since after going through an intricate detail of the Dublin’s Tourism Industry
    provided by the website, right from the overview about the city itself to the
    various facts and spots to visit, it makes one want to be there and experience
    the beautiful city himself. Hey I want to know how cordial are the people to the visitors who are coming from outside country and are the hotels are too much expensive in terms of Indian currency to stay.
     

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