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24 Hours in Dublin

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I have always wanted to visit Dublin, and I was very excited to finally go there. I remember it was a nice, cozy, and breezy day. It was a bit cold, but the sun soon came out and warmed up the weather. I started my walk on Henry St. towards Trinity College, which has such beautiful architecture. If I had more than 24 hours, I would have dedicated much more time to visit the College alone.

As you know, I always make it a point to visit a museum or a historical attraction when I visit a new place. So, I visited the Dublin Castle, which was a very enriching experience. It was not very crowded, and they had some group visits going, which was nice. I visited the State Apartments, the Corridor, which is gorgeously gilded, the Portrait Gallery, which includes some great paintings and intricate mirrors, and St. Patrick’s Hall: a large space dedicated to public works. I also checked the tower, as well as the gift shop.

Of course, there are other highlights to see in the castle, which I did not get to see, including the Chapel Royal, the gorgeous castle gardens, and the Viking Excavation. I would highly recommend visiting as much as possible, as this is a great way to learn about the castle and its history. These are also on my to-see list for my next visit. For more details, I have linked the castle’s website:

http://www.dublincastle.ie/

As I was wandering around, I stopped by a gorgeous tea house called Wall& Keogh, which has one of the best teas I have ever tasted. They have a variety of loose-leaf teas that you could savor at a table, or purchase. I remember picking a blend that has a fruity kick to it. I was quite disappointed to learn that they did not have any more left, as I was dying to purchase that particular tea and bring it home with me. If you’re interested, here is a link to their website below. The atmosphere is very quaint and relaxing, and their tea is delicious!

http://wallandkeogh.wixsite.com/wallandkeogh

As the sun started setting, I walked by the bridge (I don’t remember the exact name, but if someone recognizes it, please let me know in the comment section below) and took these gorgeous photos of the sun setting over Dublin.

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Of course, my short experience in Dublin is not comprehensive and does not include all this beautiful city has to offer. 24 hours is certainly not enough time to explore the city, learn more about the history, culture, and gastronomy. I noticed that there were plenty of bars, including Temple Bar, which I heard was famous. The shopping and beauty scene is also very exciting, and as a make-up enthusiast, I visited local stores such as Boots to see if there were any interesting products.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this travel post, and if you have any additional suggestions, please let me know in the comments below!

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