I know we’re past St. Paddy’s Day, but since EF College Break is in the midst of the preview sale for the 2013 St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland trip, I thought I’d linger on Dublin for a bit.
I just came across an article that offers a helpful breakdown of recommended pubs in Dublin, from the point-of-view of local Dubliners. It suggests the best place to go if you’re interested in seeing live traditional Irish music (The Cobblestone), or if you want a rural Irish vibe (The Welcome Inn), or if you want to meet young people (Peadar Kearney’s), or if you want to go way off the beaten path (Martin B Slattery’s). It also gives advice on tipping, and it tells you how to say cheers. Overall, a handy little guide.
While we’re at it, I also found a good article about Dublin’s Phoenix Park, which is Europe’s largest capital park, five times bigger than Hyde Park in London. Phoenix Park is celebrating its 350th birthday this year (it was established in 1662 as a hunting ground for visiting British royalty).
I love parks, and there’s a lot of cool stuff in this one. For one, there are a lot of deer. So if you like deer, you’ll love Phoenix Park. The park also has remnants of Dublin’s earliest settlements, from 5,500 years ago. Pretty cool. There’s also a large Viking cemetery, and many, many places to curl up on a blanket and take a nap.
Phoenix Park has it all.
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