Presentation of the destination
Dublin, the Irish capital, is a destination rich in every way. His story is loaded with a rich literary, cultural and artistic past. It is surrounded and traversed by the greenery that characterizes the island and its nightlife would make envy more of a European capital. In Dublin we can walk in the footsteps of famous authors and nobed, read the decors of the novels of James Joyce, get lost in the streets lined with Georgian houses, admire the traditional St. Patrick's Day parade, savor a beer sitting comfortably in a pub, all in a young and relaxed atmosphere. It is not for nothing that Dublin has been heard twice (in 2007 and 2009) the friendliest city in Europe!
Points of interests / things to see
Dublin has an extraordinary literary past. The Irish capital has seen immense literary figures, Nobel laureates like William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, and internationally acclaimed authors such as Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Jonathan Swift and Bram Store, the creator of Dracula. A museum is dedicated to them, the Dublinâ € ™ s Writerâ € ™ s Museum. Installed in a master's house, this museum will allow you to (re) discover the great dublinois through testimonials, objects and manuscripts. Among the rare items on display are an original manuscript by Jonathan Swift from 1733, a first edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula, James Joyce's piano, and Brendan Behan. At the exit, the library of the museum offers a selection of the works of the exhibited authors, a more sympathetic memory than the banal bookmark of museum. To continue the literary experience, we recommend visiting the Old Library (former library) which is part of the historic University of Dublin, Trinity College. Of the nearly 200,000 volumes kept, the most famous and interesting is the Kells book, written around the year 800. This is one of the more sumptuous books of the Middle Ages to have survived the pangs of time. It's not just the books that have stood the test of time in Dublin, but the architecture of the city belongs to another Era, stopped in the nineteenth century as testify the typical Georgian houses of Dublin. Among the most remarkable buildings, there is the Gothic St. Patrick's Cathedral, renovated in 1860 by the contribution of Benjamin Guinness. From 1713 to 1747, Jonathan Swift, who was also a cleric, was the dean of the cathedral. This is where his tomb and his death mask are. Some objects belonging to him are exhibited in the transept. Another remarkable place is the Dublin Castle, which until 1922 was the home of the British monarchy. Although it was built in the 13th century, most of the castle's elements date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, only the Round Tower is dâ € ™ t € ™ origin. Today, the castle is the theater of official ceremonies such as the investiture of the President of the Republic or the signing of peace agreements with Ireland. in the north in 1998. The interior of the castle is interesting for its beautiful French furniture, its crystal chandeliers and the woodwork of the royal chapel. On the facade, you can see the figures of the key figures in Irish history. Dublin is as much the cultural capital as the administrative one and where are the museums are the most important in Ireland. First of all, the National Gallery, opened at the end of the 19th century, presents a rich collection of paintings by major European artists, with the desire from the beginning to make the accessible art. The entrance is therefore free in this museum which has about 2,500 paintings and 10,000 drawings, sculptures and other works dating from the late Middle Ages to the present day. We can discover the Irish painters: Orpen, Hamilton, Barry, Lavery, Roberts, O'Conor or Leech but also foreigners with paintings by Monet, Poussin, Picasso, Fra Angelico, Mantegna, Vermeer and Velá ¡zquez. Not far from there, the National Museum will also impress you. His collection of jewelry and gold objects from Pre-History in the Middle Ages is unique. The most beautiful pieces are undoubtedly the superb objects of Celtic art that form the "Treasury" of the museum. Finally, as far as modern art is concerned, it is a compulsory passage at the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. Opened by Hugh Lane in 1908, it is the first known gallery of contemporary art. Permanent and temporary exhibitions will include the reconstruction of Francis Bacon's studio.
It's impossible to talk about Ireland, the island of emerald with the green hills without touching nature. Dublin is full of green parks. First of all, there is St Stephenâ € ™ s Green, a 9-hectare park that was laid out in 1663 on an old tide. You can admire a beautiful lake, a large arch dedicated to the Royal Fusilliers of Dublin, two sculptures by Edward Delaney and especially a garden for the visually impaired, filled with very fragrant plants. tagged in Braille, to visit with your eyes closed. The Phoenix Park, meanwhile, is a huge set of 712 hectares surrounded by an imposing wall of 16 kilometers. One can see the residence of the Irish president, the Dublin Zoo, the obelisk dedicated to Arthur Wellesley of Wellington and the papal cross. Wide lawns, woods and sports fields will meet all your leisure needs whether idle or not. In the woods lives a herd of wild deer. For true lovers of nature, the countryside reaches out to you at the gates of the city. Only a few kilometers away are the lush hills of Wicklow, its bucolic landscapes and its Georgian houses so poetic. Its small valleys, waterfalls and lakes with transparent water have earned it the name of "Garden of Ireland". You will discover nuances of greens up to the unsuspected. The area is also renowned for its manor houses and picturesque villages, to be visited between two hikes or bicycle or horseback rides. Finally, you will be perhaps surprising to discover that Dublin has several beaches along the coast. The bravest ones will even be able to bathe there, but beware, it's cold! Even without swimming, the beaches of Dublin are worth the stroll for a stroll on the long stretches of sands while enjoying an ice cream or to try the kite surf taking advantage of the wind in Dollymount Strand.
In spite of this very historical past, Dublin is a very young and energetic destination. It is one of the youngest cities in Europe: almost 50% of the population is under 25! Younger and older alike will experience an exciting nightlife centered around the famous 'pubs' which are usually open until 3am. The most famous neighborhood to drink a beer is the Temple Bar. Made of small cobblestone streets and piÃ © tons, this district, very little frequent in the eighteenth century, was almost demolished in the 80's before finally becoming the most connected to the city. In addition to the pubs, there are shops, galleries, cultural centers, and arts and essays cinemas. Meeting House Square is home to the Irish Film Center, the Gallery of Photography and the Ark (a center for children's culture). The Brazen Head is believed to be the oldest pub in Dublin, perhaps dating back to 1613. It's in Temple Bar that you can drink pints of local Guinness or other beer houses until you reach it. € ™ at the end of the night, but always with moderation. The bravest ones will however try the tradition of the "pub crawl", common practice among the English and the Irish amateurs of beer. The principle is simple: we choose a street or a route in advance and we drink in all the pubs on the way. A more sophisticated version is the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl. Keeping the same principle, this tour that leaves every night of the Duke Pub mixes street art, literature, history, architecture and alcohol. A sort of cultural tour of the city animated by performances of actors who play authors and historical figures of Dublin, doubled of a quiz which allows those who will succeed the best to make work their alcoholic neurons to win prizes. Some annual events also enliven Dublin's life. The most famous is, of course, St. Patrick's Day, the patron saint of Ireland, celebrated on 17 March. Since 1903, St. Patrick's Day has become a holiday in Ireland, although it is not, contrary to what we often think, the national feast. Since the 1990s, the government is taking this opportunity to promote Irish culture through the St. Patrick's Festival which aims to become a festival bringing the nation together as a showcase of Ireland to Lâ € ™ International. The first festival takes place on March 17, 1996, it has developed and lasts for 5 days. The festivities include concerts, street performances, fireworks and symposiums on Irish identity. The Dublin parade, which has been in existence since the 1930s, punctuates the festival and brings together several hundred thousand people who came to admire the tanks.
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How to get there ?
How to get to Dublin to see the tanks of St. Patrick's Day? It's simple, Dublin International Airport is served by many airlines including several low cost that connect the Irish capital to most French cities. As an indication, the flight takes just 1h30 from Paris. You can also take the boat to Cherbourg, several crossings are organized every week. A good way to bring your car to go around the Irish countryside! The ferry arrives in Rosslare about 170 kilometers from Dublin, then take the N11 to get there. Once there, the best way to get around is walking: most sites to see are close to each other. But to get to the Guinness museum or take a walk in the Phoenix Park you will have to take a bus, be careful to top up if you buy your ticket on board, the change will not be returned, however you will have a have on your next ticket.
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