Dublin - Jewel of the Emerald Isle
A visit to the Emerald Isle is not complete without at least a brief stopover at its much raved about capital. With its cobbled streets, rustic old-fashioned pubs and quaint shops and restaurants, the city of Dublin conjures up fascinating images of a Celtic utopia of sorts where sharing a pint of Guinness is considered to be the liquid preamble to starting up a conversation and breaking into a jig on the street is a perfectly acceptable show of joy and emotion. From the architecture to the succulent seafood, there is a lyrical element to everything. As pictured in this beautiful acrylic fridge magnet, the city has to its credit a host of tourist attractions ranging from well preserved ancient castles and stately mansions to majestic cathedrals, churches, lush green parks and scenically arousing docksides. Dubliners are fond of celebration and make the most of their evenings. The "craic" as they call it, represents a good time with pleasant conversation being exchanged amidst generous servings of Guinness and people singing along to the vivacious tunes of old Irish pub songs. Given the cities predominant artistic culture, it is no surprise that Dublin is home to a host of prominent writers, musicians, poets and artists including celebrated names such as Bram Stoker, George Bernard Shaw, Colin Farrell and pop band U2.
Things to Do In Dublin
Dublin is well known for its pub culture, which draws beer connoisseurs from across the globe to its charming watering holes. The Brazen Head, which opened its doors in 1198, is the oldest pub in all of Ireland and is a must visit for an authentic Irish pub experience. The tavern styled Kehoe's pub is another popular haunt among pub goers and is famous for serving up the perfect pints. For a hearty meal, you could head over to Porterhouse, which has a reputation for serving mouth watering Irish stew, bangers and mash. If you are visiting the city in March, don't miss the St. Patrick's Day celebration, which is a four day extravaganza pulsating with street performers, colorful floats and live music.