The three leaf clover from Green Island
Ireland is a country where you can meet Pole just as often as Irishman. That’s why even without knowing the language, it’s quite easy to communicate. Although the climate is mild, the Irish weather is changeable and capricious – better carry an umbrella. But not only the weather is surprising here. For example, who knows the custom of giving presents to postmen before holiday? And that Halloween originated here, not in America? Or how to explain the uncertainty of the vendors, when they see the tourist handing a banknote higher than 100 Euro?
The capital city of this interesting country is Dublin. Adjacent to the Wicklow Mountains in the South, the city is separated by the river Liffey. The easiest way to explore would be the method "Hop on, Hop off", which means by bus. The local double deckers arrive every fifteen minutes, stopping in many places, so if some monument will draw your attention you can get off any time you wish. Then you simply take the next bus and continue the sightseeing.
Places worth seeing
A real must-see is the Guinness Storehouse. You can’t visit the brewery itself, but there is a sort of museum of brewing, in which we learn step by step about the production of beer and the history of the company. The brewery has a lot in common with the author of the famous book, but above it all, it is famous for the production of dark beer. You can admire a beautiful view of the city from the top floor of the bar “Gravity”. This moment will be even more pleasant, because you get delicious, cream and coffee Guinness drink for free.
Saint Patrick’s Day
Delightful beer has even more in common with the Patron of Ireland, St. Patrick. Every year, on 17th of March, people celebrate a big festival celebrated. It's a day off from work. Houses and streets are then flooded with green color and revelry party sprinkled with Irish beer, food and lively music lasts up to five days. Surprisingly - the official liquor associated with St. Patrick’s is not a beer, but whiskey. To honor the tradition, everyone has to drink at least one glass of whiskey, which is called "Patrick's pitcher."
It is worth to devote a little bit of attention for the silhouette of the patron of Ireland. The symbol of his celebration day is the three leaf clover. According to the legends, on its example he explained the first Christians that God exists in three persons, which form a unity. Today, you can admire the beauty of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. There’s an admission fee, but the breathtaking tombs and monuments inside will fully compensate for that. One of the most impressive is the seventeenth-century memorial of Boyle family. The cultural centers
The city located on the Bay of Dublin occupies a unique position among the cultural centers. Several Nobel Prize winners, such as William Butler Yeats or Samuel Beckett come from here. The biggest Irish libraries are in Dublin, including the National Library of Ireland. In the South Side there is the most famous Irish university – the Trinity College, the first European university that began to grant degrees to women. The Book of Kells (Gospels of Kells), a manuscript having 800 years, illuminated by Celtic monks, is kept there in the library.
Worth of attention is also Dublin Castle, built by the Normans in the place of the old Viking fortifications. In its vicinity you can find the twelfth-century Christ Church Cathedral, which was also built in a place of the old Vikings edifice. Its present shape is the result of the renovations that took place at the end of the nineteenth century. Here, you will also have to pay the entrance fee.
After sightseeing, but before night parties, you can take a moment just to breathe the fresh air and to understand the concept of Green Island. On the left bank of the river there’s a Phoenix Park, home of wild deer and one of the largest urban parks in Europe. Also, in the center you find the second park, St. Stephen's Greek, to which Dubliners go on a Sunday stroll with the kids. Next to the park there’s Grafton Street, the most expensive shopping precinct in the city.
Dublin revives at night, and the local pubs reverberate with life. Mostly Guinness is poured to the beer mugs, and the majority of pubs are located around the city center. A big part of them is situated on Wexford Street and Harcourt Street. Because many of young people live in Dublin, the capital has adapted to them somehow - not in every city we will find that much clubs with live music.
Tourists usually party around the Temple Bar, where the streets have this unique, medieval structure, and for many the area is considered to be a cultural district. The Dubliners themselves prefer to party in different parts of the city. They consider the Temple Barr as fake and commercialized.
During the night it’s easier to notice the beauty of another Dublin attraction. It’s the Monument of Light, high conical spire of steel. It’s on the O'Connell Street, the main shopping street. The spire is the central point of the city and a symbol of the twenty-first century. At night it emits the light that is visible even in the most remote parts of the city.
Being here, you will soon find out why the sellers make this strange face when they see a high-denomination banknote. They will politely say that they simply don’t use such denomination in here. And if someone got curious about the idea of giving presents to postmen, every Irishman will explain that it’s a custom to gift those, who perform services throughout the year, such as milkmen or postmen. After having this explained, you can continue to sip Guinness and enjoy the evening at the Dublin Pub.
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