Hey there! Welcome to our shiny new blog 🙂 We are Deena and Jonny – newlyweds entering the world of travel blogging. We live in Scotland. But our aspirations are to see the world. Our life of adventure was a small snowball that started rolling when we first got […]
Welcome to our blog! We’re Deena & Jonny – newlyweds from Scotland, photographing and blogging about our travel experiences. We hope we’re able to inspire some wanderlust into other working professionals, just as we are everyday.
Wellington Monument 🏛 Sometimes when Jonny wants to relax, he just uses a monument to chill out. At 62 metres (203 feet), this is the world's 2nd largest obelisk, after the Washington Monument which is 169 metres (554 feet), which also means it's the tallest obelisk in Europe. It was built to commemorate the victories of the 1st Duke of Wellington. It was going to be taller, but as with many other things in life, they ran out of money! 🏛 It's located in Phoenix Park, but can be spotted from all over Dublin. So if you're looking for the park, just follow the obelisk until you get to the big green space.
The Long Room of the Old Library, Trinity College 📚 We absolutely love libraries and bookshops, so visiting this one was a treat for the eyes. It's just a shame we couldn't get our hands on any of the old, dusty books, but that's probably for the best as it was a warm day and we had sweaty hands! 😂 📚 The Long Room was built by 1732, but by the 1850s it had to be expanded because somebody thought it was a good idea to give permission to the library, to only go and obtain a copy of every single book published in Ireland AND Britain! So they (literally!) raised the roof of the bookish party to build an upper gallery. 📚 Can I do that to accommodate my shoes and clothes? 😅
Anne's Lane, Dublin ☂️ Umbrella streets have become a feature in cities across the world, but it was in Dublin where we came across our first one in the collection. Tucked away in a side street, next to Zozimus Bar, is this colourful little installation. You couldn't pick a better place to have a drink outside when it's pouring it down! ☂️ Have you come across an umbrella street on your travels yet?
Anyone else got Sunday stretch and sprawl out vibes like this chilled out guy here? St Stephen's Green, Dublin, is where you should head if you want to learn about the history of Dublin, and take a peaceful walk through a Victorian park at the same time. 🌳 During Easter week of 1916, there was an uprising by Irish republicans to end the British rule in Ireland, while the rest of the UK was busy with the 1st World War. During this Easter Rising a group of 200-250 took up siege within St Stephen's Green, taking people's vehicles and furniture to set up blockades around the park. 🌳 As you walk around the park, hand in hand with your loved one, you come across plaques, that gives you gory details about the uprising and how certain parts of the park you're walking through, played a part. It's really quite interesting and we would recommend you do this!
'Deer Deena - I know you want to be polite but deer aren't very good at handshakes' Phoenix Park, Dublin 🦌 We were delighted to finally find the deer in Phoenix Park after we'd missed them in Japan. By the way, we can see deer in our local park 10mins away from home anytime we want. But it's interesting to hear the different deer-accents in a different place right? This one didn't have much of an Irish accent though.
'Meet me under the archway after class...' Trinity College, University of Dublin. 🏛 Founded in 1592, this is Ireland's oldest university and one of the 7 ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. Notable alumni are Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker - the author of Dracula. The grounds are so beautiful, if we were students, we probably would have spent more time wandering the cobblestones than studying!
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 💒 An old cathedral, tourists on a horse and carriage, and colourful street art - now that's an European city scene in a photo! 💒 Is there anything in particular that sings out European to you?
The Temple Bar, Dublin 🍻 Not just this pretty pub, but this whole cobblestone area full of life, vibrance and shenanigans in the centre of Dublin, is called the Temple Bar area. We would highly recommend walking through this area to experience the atmosphere of the place! 🍻 This pub is quite famous for the bands and musicians that've performed here including Paulo Nutini and Biffy Clyro. In case you're wondering, no we didn't stop for a drink because we heard the average cost of a pint is €10!
Sphere within Sphere 🌕 In front of the Berkeley Library of Trinity College Dublin, you'll come across this sculpture. It's called Sphere within Sphere and is the work of an Italian artist called Arnaldo Pomodora. The interesting thing is that there are versions of this sculpture in locations around the world including the Vatican Museums and the UN HQ in New York - prominent religious, intellectual and political buildings. 🌕 We can't promise you'll be able to pick it up, but it's definitely worth a look up close. You can also spin it!
Ha'Penny Bridge (Liffey Bridge), Dublin 🌁 The ferries that used to cross the River Liffey were in such a bad condition, the man that operated them was told he either had to fix them or build a bridge. He chose the latter. When this bridge was built in 1816, they charged a half penny charge to cross it, to match the charge for a ferry crossing. That's how this bridge got its unofficial name (officially it's named after the river it's on). Don't worry, we've not had to pay a toll to cross it since 1919!
Henrietta Street, Dublin 🏛 We don't always decide to chill out on the streets, but when we visited the oldest Georgian street in Dublin, we thought we'd make ourselves at home on the old cobblestones. This street has been used to film period movies and TV shows, including Foyle's War. 🏛 The street was laid out in the 1720s and was initially home to a small number of wealthy residents. However, in the 19th century it fell into disrepair and the houses were used as tenements for families living in poverty. 🏛 This building is the Law Library of King's Inn - Ireland's oldest law school, and faces onto Henrietta Street. Flick through to see the top of the gate, which has a really pointy unicorn horn that has managed to stay intact!
Wilde About Oscar 📖 You gotta be careful about these Irish guys and their advances... This is a memorial sculpture of Oscar Wilde, the famous poet and playwright known for his work 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'. He was Irish and was born in a house just across the road from this sculpture on Merrion Square, Dublin. 📖 The expression on his face on the sculpture was designed as a smile on one half, and a frown on the other to reflect the shades of his life - which we think looks like a strange sneer when looking up at him.
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