Landing at your gateway to the world, the sights and sounds around me whirled.
I was transported to an old town with new thinking, heavy accents and lots of drinking.
At your Temple we explored, listened to music on Grafton where musicians were adored.
The sunshine cast a luminescent glow, with grey stones rekindled and grass free to grow.
Your hustle and bustle with tourists and locals alike, made a trip to your city one of delight.
What fun we’ve had in Dublin! The weather gods shined down upon us and bathed this old but vibrant city in golden light and extravagant blues. As the intro to our European adventure, we couldn’t have asked for anything more perfect, especially after a hectic 22 hours flying almost non-stop from Sydney – Dubai – Dublin.
While jet lag woke us up at 3.30am, we were determined to not let it stop the traveller’s high of a new destination. New sights, new sounds, new accents, names and faces, we absorbed all that we could before tired feet and weary eyes took over by day’s end.
We started with a hearty Irish breakfast (I have decided that white ‘pudding’ is better than black pudding – also, it tastes like a sausage roll!) at a nearby bistro (Copper Alley Bristro) before exploring the North side of the River Liffey and checking out Jameson Distillery. We then headed off to the gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral and the park there, then on to Dublin Castle, Temple Bar, Grafton Street, St Stephen’s Green and back up to The Spire and along River Liffey before heading back to our Airbnb near Christ Church Cathedral.
There was a great quote I spotted on the window of one of the Trinity College buildings which read: “Falsehood flies, and truth comes limping after it.” It really stuck with me in relation to how we so often pass judgement quickly on people or places without knowing the full story. Adding this to the list of self improvement goals for this trip.
Below is just a few of the many photos taken on our first day in Europe. I have a fascination at the moment with photographing objects at odd angles and focusing in on intricate details. I also love taking photos of cathedrals and the like in monochrome. The contrast between the monotone stones and the vibrant history of these marvels and what they represent to so many people has always interested me.
In this day and age, when we all have this addiction to looking down at screens, there is something nostalgic but humbling to looking up at these creations and is the reason behind many of the angles captured.
See you on the flip side!