From all of the Europe photos that I have ever seen it was never looks bad. One European country which I adore most is Ireland, which is famous for its natural beauty. Frankly, all this time, I do not know much about Ireland. I only know I used to adore a favorite boyband, Taken, which comes from here.
Rain without Umbrella
Strong winds were unusually cold direct attack, so we set foot in Dublin. It feels like walking into a freezer. The weather in Dublin changed every hour. Whatever the season, for sure, the rain always fell in Ireland. Not surprisingly, the people of Ireland is not too concerned with the rain and do not depend on the umbrella, so often it rains. If it rains, they will run quickly through the rain with a waterproof coat. We also went along to try to survive without frequent use umbrellas.
With a population of about 1 million people of the total population of Ireland’s 4 million inhabitants, Dublin looks neatly. Jam free highways. Car ride to everywhere in the city only takes a maximum of 15 minutes. We liked the old buildings are Victorian-style town, which seems deliberately preserved by the local government.
Little Walk in Grafton Street
One of the most famous pedestrian in Dublin is Grafton Street. This is where shopping centers and urban attraction. Unique attractions, among others pose as still as a statue, a sort of circus attraction streets of adrenaline with high bike and other equipment, to the street musician who plays guitar and harp beautifully. There is only a unique spectacle that is able to invite a crowd.
We were also amazed encounter sand creations made various forms, exhibited at the roadside. “It turns out that adults also like to play a sand castle, and could be a great spectacle!” I muttered.
As a person who likes to read, my favorite course in Grafton Street bookstore. The price of the book here on average 3 Euros.
In addition to the cheap, small book shops here also offers the comfort and intimate atmosphere which made us feel at home. One of the interesting shops is Books Upstairs. In this place, I can actually chat with the owner who was very friendly, and he recommended me to read the works of the best writers of Ireland. I was so glad.
If already in Grafton, do not forget to squeeze eat at Bewleys. The restaurant is a favorite place, because it is convenient, the food is good and reasonably priced. The atmosphere is thick with wooden ornaments and vintage style, presenting the impression of a warm and homey. Because I abstain from eating pork, just to be safe, my menu choice is fruit pancakes, the price is 4.5 euros. Another interesting dish to be sampled is Irish mussels or mussels cooked with white sauce were delicious. Savory once!
City of Literature
As a writer, I try to explore Dublin from the standpoint of literature. The new I know, very rich treasures of literature Dublin. Dublin is home to The Book of Kells, one of the oldest books with illustrations of the most beautiful in the world. The Book of Kells is stored properly in the Old Library of Trinity College Dublin. This saves a large library of books and ancient manuscripts alphabetically.
Dublin is also the birthplace of Nobel Prize winner of literature, such as William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett. Not surprisingly, Dublin was named by UNESCO as a City of Literature, because the city’s commitment to literature since thousands of years ago. The cool air and the beautiful surroundings make Dublin a city that yearned for every writer to work.
I and friends also visited the National Library of Ireland. They are being held in William Butler Yeats in memory of poet pride. There are also a variety of Irish writer handwriting on display, to show the creative process through which the authors. The most fun is the poetry of their zone. Curious, we joined in, sit down, and listen to a poem recited, while looking at a picture slideshow reassuring.
We got an opportunity to meet the Irish writer named Claire K. She wrote a novel-themed thriller, All Names Have Been Changes. While eating dinner at the restaurant, she tells a lot about the creative process. She is a full time writer who writes from 9 am to 5 pm. She chose not to install Internet connections in the apartment. “It’s a distraction!” She said. Oops! If me, cannot live another second without the internet.
The Films Setting: Wicklow County
One of the famous Irish writers today is Cecilia A, author PS I Love You, which has been made into a movie. Irish natural scenery in the film looks very beautiful, makes us eager to feel it too. We are very excited about our trip to Wicklow County, setting for many famous films such as John Boorman’s movie titled “Excalibur”, Jim Sheridan’s Oscar winning movie titled “In the Name of the Father”,and BBC series titled “Ballykissangel”
Beautiful scenery with green pastures and fat sheep being absorbed grazing unfold in front of the eye. Occasionally we stopped in a rural area, drinking tea or eating bread to taste the life of local residents.
We saw Guinness Lake, where the water is black and no white sand edges (like guinness with white froth). We also went to Glendalough, a burial area that used to be the set of Mel Gibson’s “Braveheart”. There is St. Kevin’s Celtic Cross, a large cross in the middle of the cemetery. That said, if we can embrace and hands we can see each other, then all our wishes will come true. Unfortunately, I did not manage to do so.
- Harcourt Hotel is located in the center of Dublin City, just walk to Grafton Street and some other city parks. It costs from 89 euros – 119 euros per night.
- Public transport can use the buses and electric trains. There are also taxis, ranging from sedans to form a van.
- If you want to go sightseeing, you can try a city tour with a red double-docker bus that stops in front of Trinity College (located close to Grafton Street).