Dublin, the capital and most populated city of Ireland, is a lively port that satisfies the tastes, and expectations of most tourists. Located at the mouth of the Liffey River, it was originally founded as a Viking settlement in the 9th century. Today, it is among the top 30 cities of he world according to the Globalization and World Cities Research Network. The city spreads over the broad valley of the Liffey River and sweeps around Dublin Bay. Trinity College is the most famous landmark. It was founded by Elizabeth I in 1591 and is noted for the Book of Kells. The Temple Bar district on the south bank of the Liffey, has a mixture of food, drink, shopping and music all located on narrow, cobbled streets. There are a gazillion museums, amazing parks, dazzling architecture, and great shopping. It is impossible to see it all in one visit, but a HOHO can hit most of the top sights.
Over the years, we have been here often and much of what I’ve described can be found in the old blog posts from mid-August 2018 (look in archives). I’ll also slip-in some old photos at the end of this post. But, today, I’d like to tell you about Merrion Square. Since we were here for only the day, we made this our dedicated sight to see and walked all over the area until we stopped for lunch and a libation before returning to the ship for the sail-away. Have a look: