I guess we all have this one friend who travels like crazy and when he/she does not travel he/she dreams about travelling 🙂 Tedy is my travel buddy! I guess she is the friend I have shared most trips with and she is always up for any destination and at anytime!
Last year we made a quick trip to Dublin and Ediburgh. It was a well-organized short trip as we stayed just 2 days in Dublin and 2 days in Edinburgh.
I have always wanted to visit Dublin so I already knew about the folklore and culture. It was kind of expected what I would experience or so I thought… Irish people are the most cheerful people I have met. Although we were there just for couple of days I think the people made me the best impression! Everyone was so polite. I found it quite international like most european capitals but we managed to spot several pubs with live music and lots of locals.
In one of the bars they had a photo of one of the regulars 🙂 You know what I mean…
People were dancing and drinking Guiness. Epic 🙂 Tedy and I went to 3-4 bars that night and ended up at the Temple bar. It is quite a name but I guess it was the most expensive bar I have ever been to and nothing really happened there. It was crawded and loud and we could not hear even the music. I would not recommend it 😦 But the Temple Bar is not just the bar itself. It is a whole area of the city with many bars and restaurants. It was full of people on the streets compared to other parts of the city.
In general Dublin is very small and definitely walkable for 2 days trip. However, we did manage to get a tour buss and check some historical buildings. The buss driver was singing a song and asked us to sing along with him. The song was really… Irish 🙂 Loved it!
An interesting fact – we passed the Bank of Ireland and we noticed that… there were no window. The tour guy explained that when the building was created… they needed to cut some costs. So, they decided to cut on the windows. Just a reminder again… this is a building of a bank 😀 For some reason, maybe because of the tourism, the building still has no wondows. Ha…
The second day we spent just in the pubs again to kill our disspointment. We found out we could not go to the cliffs of Moher 😦 The trip was taking way too many hours and we had to be at the airport by 8pm to catch our flight to Edinburgh. Again, here is another reason to go back to Dublin!
Edinburg in contract to Dublin was nothing compared to what I expected. To be honest, Tedy was the one who decided to fly there and as Dublin was my choice, I agreed on hers. We stopped with the bus on Central station which is just in front of the old town… I was speechless to see these massive buildings ahead of me.
I felt like in Harry Potter movie. The streets were tiny and often they could fit just 1 passing car. The town is on a hill and the streets were rarely straight.
We stayed in a place be booked through airbnb again but a little bit far from the city center. I guess this is why we could see more of the city because it was huge. Of course, we got on the hop on hop off busses next day and we went to the national museum and to the Calton Hill. I think it was while we were there a friend of mine sent me a photo of the beach in Copenhagen. It was really warm there, which is not typical. And Tedy and I were… on the hill under the rain 🙂 Of course, when we got back to Copenhagen it was already cloudy again.
On the photo below you can maybe notice the Edinburgh Castle. It is based on a hill and it`s massive. Unfortunately we did not have time to go and visit it and there… I got another reason to go back to Edinburgh again as well 🙂
The city was just gorgeous in the night. Below you can see a photo I took of the Balmoral Hotel. I really did not expect to be so fascinated from this city but it took my heart. In front the Central Station there is a small park with the big Edinburgh Wheel. We had a ride and although I do have a fear of hights I did enjoy the view of the city. Definitely recommend that!
I am looking forward to visit Dublin and Edinburg again. I hope I will be able to stay longer and see what I missed last year. Maybe in 2018.. let`s see 🙂
And Tedy, if you are reading this, pack your backpack and put on your sneakers! We need to set our next trip! 🙂