Absorbing the buzz in Temple Bar, Dublin

I had a few hours to spare in Dublin while waiting for Marcel to arrive from Nice. The Guinness Storehouse was very impressive, so I thought I’d wander over to Temple Bar and maybe grab a bite to eat. It’s second on the list of things that you’ve got to do in Dublin.

The city layout is fairly straightforward, especially if you’ve got a map from the tourist desk at the airport, and I’d googled it beforehand. I was ready to discover real Irish pubs … and wandered how different they were to the ones we get in other countries, like South Africa.

The first sign I came across made me wish the Dude was with me even more. A frustrated beer lover in wine country, he would simply adore this!! I walked around various streets, and peeked into different bars, restaurants and pubs, but they didn’t seem to match my mood. Eventually I found one on a square next to young musicians and got myself a spot to enjoy the street scene. The vibe was youthful and energetic, and the buskers very talented.

To honour the Dude, I ordered his favourite … a cheeseburger. And a Guinness. Pity his flight came in so late and we still had a journey to get to the Wicklow Mountains to meet up with our buds. We’re just going to have to come back for a weekend, and get to know the place better. And sample their famous beverages together.