Clap clap clap! Dublin is very cool. I have never seen more pubs, cafes, restaurants, boutiques and churches in a couple of square miles anywhere. Visitors and locals seem happy, especially after a couple of pints and even after Ireland lost to France in the Euros.
When I arrived, Gay Pride weekend was in full swing so I joined the fun. Ireland was the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage– which it did by popular referendum in 2015 — and they are very proud of it.
Dublin is a place for foodies — the choices are varied and excellent. In addition to traditional and fusion-y Irish cuisine, Dublin has cuisine from all over the world. On my first night in town, I joined my hiker buddies for Indian fare and the next day, I had Thai (real Thai, for the first time since February).
And Dubliners are famously friendly. In a 20 minute ride to the ferry dock, my cab driver shared stories about Dublin’s history, its food and his trip to Berlin. Thank you friendly cab driver — I am definitely going to Berlin.
Dublin was my last Irish city and a great way to finish my visit to wonderful Ireland. Now in Wales!
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Irish poet and author, Oscar Wilde