I should have said Happy New Year in my last post. It’s a new year and new ideas after all and new plans, new ideas and new places to visit. Some will be world heritage sites worth to visit several times, some will be sites worth to visit only once and some will be places that are not world heritage sites, but still very much worth to visit. What places do you think are worth visiting? Maybe once, maybe over and over again?
Just an old house
Can you bear the sight of these statues?
Resting by the water
How about new plans? I’m open for new ideas. Before the winter ends we’d like to go to Lueå in Sweden and maybe to Abisko too. And in spring? We want to go on a city-weekend in spring. Maybe to Amsterdam, maybe Prague, maybe Brussels or maybe Budapest or Berlin? Many places on the wish-list, so little time. Later in spring we are planning to visit Salamanca in Spain and maybe Cracow (again). Maybe we can go to Malbork in Northern Poland for a weekend, spend few hours in Gdansk. And then there is summer. The dream would be going back to Africa, this time from Nairobi to Vic Falls. Seems like a good plan for the summer. And before that maybe a few days at the high coast in Sweden.In the autumn maybe London again, or maybe New York, we’ll see.
Our spring city weekend two years ago took us to Dublin. The hotel was just by the O2 arena. We have no idea who played that weekend but the place was crowded by 14-ish year old kids. We couldn’t care less. We hardly noticed them. The place of the hotel was a little bit off, a litle bit outside the crowd and still short walk from the city and communications. Quite acceptable actually.
Famous bridge, I don’t remember the name of the archtect, but he’s famous
Less modern and very beautiful bridge
The weather was perfect, sunny and quite warm for the time of year. We wandered around the city, watched people, bridges, chilled in parks, went for shopping, drank coffee, beer and had cakes, oysters and great food. The time in Dublin was so worth it! In the very beginning we decided to take a city tour in one of those hop-on-hop-off busses. We got some city history and viewed famous buildings and interesting sites. Perfect way to find out what you should see and explore.
We took a walk of fame in places there famous musicians left their mark. I don’t really remember many artists from Dublin, but I know that U2 are from here. Starstruck! There were many street artists and singers in Dublin. I Even bought a CD from one of them. He was good, young and genuine Irish. I think I’ve listned to the CD once since. By the way, I have an idea for all the street singers selling CD:s. I think it’s time to start selling your music in mp3-format (or similar) on a memory stick. You can have a nice box if you want to, but many people listen to the music on their computers, so why not make it easier for everyone? Or at least have an option with memory stick?
An Irish street artist
Dublin is a city of Guiness. We went to Guiness brewery, of course. It’s a great and interesting place, even if you don’t like Guiness. We, of course had Guiness on the rooftop with great view of the city. That was not the only place where we had Guiness. We found a bar in an old bank, called “Bank”. They had Guiness and oysters as normal bar food, so we had it, of course. We also went to a church turned into a bar and had drinks.
Spring in the park
Nice evening in town
And then there was time to go home. We ordered taxi and waited for it to arrive in the hotel lobby. Some guy came in and asked us “Blablabla?” We didn’t understand a word, so we said “no.” This was our taxi driver and when he started speaking slower and more clearly we actually understood it. Happy joy!
Should Dublin, or anything inside it be a world heritage site? I don’t know. I mean it is a wonderful city, it has great atmosphere, old stuff and new stuff, great people and… yes, a soul. But I’m still not sure. What do you think?