Dublin. What is the first thing that pops up in your mind when you think of the capital of Ireland? Pubs, 'Guiness', good Irish whiskey, Irish dancing. Generally speaking, when you arrive to a new country you do not expect to see all of the clichés at the same moment but in Dublin things are completely different. As soon as you make it to the city you get the feeling that you are not in stiff England anymore but in a good old Ireland. The one, that you have seen in the movies or imagined while reading books. Not so many of my friends made it to this city but those who did said the same thing - Dublin is pretty odd place but you do not want to leave it. In terms of architecture there is nothing special about Dublin but the capital of Ireland is the place where you do not care about buildings but you feel the city through people who live here and their lifestyle. Here everybody is about having fun, fun and once again fun.
The first thing you see while visiting Dublin is, of course, endless streets of bars and pubs. Each one of them is decorated in their own style and has at least 200 year story behind it. Well, no one checked if it is true or not, so you just need to put a complete trust into what you have been told.
I have always been sure that only Russian people can drink without taking a break and no one drinks more than Russians. Only here I realized how wrong I was. In Dublin people start drinking in the morning and closer to evening the streets of the city remind of one big celebration of something.
It is a common thing to see a priest sitting in a café.
Yellow- blue buses create the city's overall appearance and they are as easy to remember as London's double deckers.
The city is full of nonconformist young people.
It seemed like Dublin consists of only pubs but after taking a closer look you realize that this is, for example, a clothing store.
Overall, the atmosphere of the city is pretty vibrant. Well, maybe it is like this because, as I was said, it was the first sunny day in the middle of May.
Pubs work almost 24 hours per day, mostly people come here not only to get drunk.
We found the Dublin Castle on the map and took a walk down there. As a result we faced a huge complex of buildings from different time époques that were built next to each other and THAT was called 'Castle', even though it has nothing in common with a traditional definition of one.
People on streets still makes us smile.
We made it to the campus of the Trinity College which is located right in heart of the city. Despite cold wind, here you feel pretty great vibe, the students are relaxing on the grass.
Each school has its own uniform.
This is how the city centre looks like in general.
Street musicians are very talented. To me it is unclear why they are playing on the streets and are not working on their album in a good studio.
Not far away from the city beer factory 'Guiness' is located. We decided to get there straight away so we would have a chance to drink a pint of dark beer while watching the panorama of the city.
Instead of a taxi you can ride a horse but no one was willing to take a risk.
Front doors in Ireland are subject for another topic. Walking down the street you may see the doors of all possible colours. The not only differ in colours but in textures and forms too.
In the morning the city is pretty empty.
The weather in Ireland is not going to spoil you: 300 days out of 365 are rainy.
All across Dublin you may find political boards like this one - after few days of travelling around Ireland I created my own top list of favourites. It seems to me like if I was going to meet those politicians on the streets, I would easily recognize them.
After all, we decided to stop by the Brazen Head - the oldest bar in Ireland that operates since 1198! It is hard to believe that back to that times it looks exactly how it looks now but, anyways, the date when the bar was found is pretty impressive.