A Love Letter To Dublin
Even though I was born in the South of France, you'll always be my home! As a girl I moved back and forth between France and Ireland so many times I’ve lost count – but deciding to study in Dublin was one of the best decisions I ever made.
Even though your weather can be a little bit harsh (okay, sometimes even miserable!), you have a certain charm unlike any other European city. The people, the laughter, the "craic" – these things are irreplaceable. They certainly make the four-seasons-in-one-day weather a lot more enjoyable...! But Dublin, your sunny days are what I live for. When everybody is out enjoying the rare moments of scorching heat, that's when you really come alive.
I love your narrow cobblestone streets, quirky shops and cafés, and the scent of the sidewalk after a rain. I love the day festivals, the markets, and how a light breeze is like a breath of fresh air.
As a city, you offer some of the most interesting style! People really know how to layer, mix and match to dress in a way that's really unique. I guess you'd have to, since the weather can be so temperamental – you never know if you need a summer dress or a raincoat... But that's why Dubliners really know how to dress for every season!
And your architecture! It's just as unique as you are. No skyscrapers here, but the most wonderful, colorful houses and apartment blocks jutting up among old-school gray buildings. And Trinity College: one of my favorite places to aimlessly stroll around. I may never have been a student there, but I've always loved walking through. The cobblestones, the juxtaposition of new and old... it's all just perfect. I've only ever been to see the Book of Kells once, but the library is one of the most impressive things I've ever seen. Sometimes it's good to be a tourist in your own city...
Temple bar is such a hub of activity and creativity. So many weird and wonderful characters roaming the streets full of street performers, tattoo parlors, and great restaurants. I love the weekend markets, where you'll find the same people selling their art or used books. Okay: it is the most touristy place in Dublin, so personally I prefer to avoid it at night time... but that's not to say I haven't enjoyed a few nights out in this melting pot of madness...!
Grand Canal Dock is a perfect place to spend an afternoon. My gym is there – unfortunately for me, there's also a wonderful little Italian café just across the road, which sells the most gorgeous pastries and treats... I've been to the theater a couple of times, too – and every time has been magical. Grand Canal Dock is like a mini version of Broadway. Production value second to none, and gorgeous restaurants by the riverfront for the perfect ending to a wonderful day.
All in all, Dublin, you're something else! Coming home through security after traveling, and being greeted with "Welcome home, Miss Brandon" gives me butterflies every time... You began as my second home - but you will always be Home in my heart.