"Welcome to Guinness City, Home of Redevelopment." Dublin by monkeytrousers
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Upon my visit to Dublin, I stayed in a rented bungalow with the parents in a little place called Dundrum in the suburbs of Dublin. The place itself was undergoing huge developments when I was there, something that seemed to be reflective of other areas of the outer city that I saw. Everything seems to be moving into Dublin. There are flats and houses springing up all over the place and a massive indoor 'out of town' shopping centre calling itself the town centre (depsite being far from the traditional town centre) had recently opened up in Dundrum itself when I arrived. It appears that the standard of life in Ireland has increased greatly in the last few years largely helped I suppose by thier position in the EU and being seen as a serious holiday destination for a lot of europeans and americans. Even industry in the country is starting to follow the shape of a more economically advanced countries with all the secondary industry factories moving out of Dublin and moving to the coast in the west and south where land is presumably cheaper.
There is a fantastic tram service that operates from the south of Dublin where we were staying that takes you straight into the city centre in about 15 minutes - a journey that would take at least 25 minutes by car and still not gaurantee a parking space! Once in the city, you can easily walk from place to place. Personally, I felt disappointed by the city itself. It was built up to be such a magical and brilliant place by I just didn't get it. Sure it had nice places and attractive areas but these just seemed to be smaller and less of them around than in most other cities. Despite this, there were notable highlights of the city in perticular the Guinness storehouse (of course), the natural history museum and I really cannot stress how amazing and interesting the Chester Beatty Library was.
Despite the disappointment of Dublin city, the surrounding countryside was just as beautiful, if not more so than the hype. The small towns on the east coast south of Dublin and the Wicklow mountains was simply breathtaking and more than made up for the disappointment of the city.
- Pros:Breathtaking scenery outside Dublin
- Cons:Dublin City is nothing special
- In a nutshell:Standard city with an amazing surroundings
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