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Dublin, The Fair City


The Fair City
By Elisabeth Galbraith
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There's a reason why Dublin is regarded as being one of the most popular cities of Europe and one with fastest growing populations as compared to any other European capital. People love to visit Dublin and they fall in love with it during their holidays, so much so that they quickly start making plans to move there. 
Dublin is a city famous for its tipples, tarts, Guinness pints and whiskey, but there is so much more to this city. There's something that runs deeper in the streets of Dublin and, thankfully, it is not that hard to see. A strong literary, political and poetic history has painted every single day of this city, making it extremely magical, so much so that you would need at least a week to really experience and enjoy every corner of it. Let's see, however, what can be done and visited during a quick two-day weekend.
Of course everyone knows that one of the most popular beers in the whole wide world, the Guinness, is from Dublin. So it should be quite obvious that a trip to visit the Guinness Storehouse is a must. You will be able to go around in the factory thanks to an interactive tour that will teach you about the history of this beer, how it is produced, which ingredients are used and in what way, until you reach the top of the building, where you will find the so called Gravity Bar. Up there you will enjoy a stunning 360 degrees view of the city, with an ice cold beer in your hand. It is definitely a moment you will never forget. Other things you could do to top off the typical touristic Irish bar experience is to go and buy another pint at The Temple Bar, the most famous pub of the city. They often have live music shows there and it will be a perfect end for your first, unforgettable day in Dublin. 
After having had fun all night, take the next and last day to enjoy the city by walk. Pass by the Liffey, which is the river that splits the city in half, separating the North from the South side, and cross over the historic Ha’penny Bridge, which was built in 1816. There you will be able to take stunning pictures of the waters and in general of the city. Not far from the river, you will also be able to find the absolutely amazing Christ Church Cathedral (which, incredibly, dates back to the year 1038). After that turn and head towards O’Connell Street, where you will get a good look at the Easter Rising of 1916. There is so much history in Dublin that you can even breathe it in the air and, as a matter of fact, if you love history, definitely check out the Trinity College and its library. Besides being a beautiful building, the library holds possession of the Book of Kells, which is a tome transcribed by Celtic monks around 800 A.D.
Take the rest of the day to roam around the city, to look at the many statues. In the end, go enjoy typical local food. A great restaurant is the Hairy Lemon Cafe, in Stephen Street Lower, which offers a wide range of cheap Irish stews served by charming and funny Irish waiters. You will feel at home and, after all, this is why Dublin is so loved around the world. It's everyone's city and you just need a beer and warm food to feel happy there.
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