Dublin

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DUBLIN

 

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Dublin...in March...

 

 

 

 

THE TOWN

 

 

Dublin is the capital of the Republic of Ireland. The city is located on the east coast of the island. It has a long history dating back to the Middle Ages. Here is what our friend Wikipedia says:​​ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dublin

The city of Dublin is nice to visit. However, it lacks spaces exclusively reserved for pedestrians, in our humble opinion. The cars and buses are​​ omnipresent;​​ the streets are noisy, which tires quickly, especially when you​​ travel​​ with children. But it is​​ often​​ possible to escape from the big arteries​​ to​​ the smaller quieter​​ streets, or aim​​ to​​ the quarter of Temple Bar where a few pedestrian streets are available. But​​ there it​​ is​​ very​​ crowdy! The docks along the Liffey are also a good escape.

 

 

 

TOURISTIC GUIDES

 

 

Many sightseeing guides are available on the city of Dublin, and reserved for the city itself, which is appreciated. They are usually offered with detailed maps and advices​​ for accommodation and restaurants. We had the guide 'A Great Weekend in Dublin' from Hachette. Practical, concise, it goes to the essential. However, the supplied card is​​ very rapidly​​ damaged when you handle it daily.​​ And it lacks​​ 'character'. A little bland. Some searches on the internet will tell you as much, and travel blogs will give you less standard or consensual opinions on the various points of interest of the city.

 

GOOD TO KNOW:

The tourist information points are numerous and easily identifiable with their​​ big​​ 'i'. They offer an impressive collection of leaflets on the different activities to be done on Dublin. So yes, they are advertising flyers, mostly for paid activities. But: 1. it gives you a good idea of​​ what it is possible to do in town, 2. it can inspire you to find​​ free alternatives to the suggested circuits, 3. it can make you spend an evening to go through the pile of 50 flyers ....

 

 

WHAT TO DO IN​​ DUBLIN?

 

 

Downtown

 

It is nice to walk around. We've been doing it for miles! And our children did not flinch! too strong our monsters! Well, it still lacks pedestrian streets to our taste ... The traffic is dense in the city center, and it is heavy after a while, especially with children. But this is especially the case of shopping streets, which you can leave quickly to explore the adjacent streets much quieter, and the many​​ green​​ parks that Dublin​​ offers. It allows to alternate the points of interest and to change atmosphere.

As recommended in all tourist guides, do not miss Trinity College, the Liffey Quays, the Grand Canal, St Patrick's Cathedral, the Guinness Factory area. You can easily spend 2 to 3 days walking around the different districts of Dublin quietly, in 'slow travel' mode.

 

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