Sunshine in Dublin
I have previously already declared my love for Dublin, but the magnitude of my love escalated considerably after the beautiful day I was fortunate enough to experience. Prior to embarking on my weekend adventure, all my flatmates were cautioning me that there would be endless gloomy and rainy days ahead in Ireland. Well, obviously they were proven wrong. It’s clearly our infectious Aussie aura that draws the sunshine out at every destination we travel to.
Visiting Trinity College was the first stop on this beautiful day. The university is ranked as the best in Ireland, and is modelled after collegiate universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
A 5 minute walk down Dame Street from the College you will find Dublin Castle. Today, the Castle is host to state-of-the-art conferences and dining facilities, but is a historic site that dates back to the 1st century A.D. where it was found during the first Celtic settlement.
I met Queen Charlotte and roamed the Castle to see the intricately painted and carved ceilings and wall deco.
The Castles garden was a relaxing site to just sit and bask in the afternoon sunshine. The large grass area is actually detailed with stones in the style of ancient Celtic jewellery and lies on the site of the Black Pool or in Irish, Dubh Linn. The garden now actually serves as a helicopter pad when needed.
I may have got ahead of myself just a little when I thought it was sunny enough to take off my coat, as the wind was out of control, but I still love Dublin and feel so blessed to have been able to experience such a wonderful day in a wonderful city.