August 21, 2017

#TravelTuesday with Trafalgar quiz: Answer

Where in the world can Trafalgar take you? 


Pretty awesome and totally underrated, that’s Dublin – a vibey place to visit.

Dublin is synonymous with Guinness, and with more than 1 000 pubs in the city there’s plenty of opportunity to taste the famous dark ale. Be sure to stop in at one of the world’s oldest pubs, The Brazen Head, which dates back to 1168. Great news is that the locals in Dublin love visitors and they would rather buy a beer for a stranger than for a local. Just keep in mind that it is an offence to be intoxicated in public (police can – and do – issue on-the-spot fines).

Still on the subject of Dublin’s dark ale, the Guinness Storehouse is not only the historic headquarters of the beer giant, but it is also a hugely popular tourist attraction in its own right. Thanks to the lease contract it’s unlikely to be going anywhere soon – the world’s most famous brewery was originally leased for a mere 45 Irish pounds per year…on a 9 000-year lease.

If you are a hopeless romantic, then forget climbing the Eiffel Tower in Paris or floating in a gondola down the Venice canal ways, Dublin is the spot. In fact, Dublin is so romantic that the remains of St Valentine, the patron saint of love, are stored at the city’s Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church, along with a shrine to the revered saint.

In Dublin, you don’t have to concur mountains to prove your love to your significant other. Ditch the proper climbing gear and pack a pair of tekkies instead. The Dublin “mountains” are not really mountains at all. The highest, the Sugarloaf, only reaches a height of 423.5 meters, which means it doesn’t actually get official mountain status. Perfect for a light ramble.

Fans of famous authors such as Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, James Joyce and of course George Bernard Shaw and WB Yeats will delight in the fact that all of these authors were former residents of the city. In honour of the city’s great contribution to historic literature, Dublin has even been listed as a Unesco City of Literature - one of only six cities in the world.

Another top spot not to be missed is Dublin’s O’Connell Bridge. The bridge is famous throughout Europe for its unique dimensions. It is one of the only bridges in the world to be wider than it is long. Not a bad achievement considering that until 1863 the only river crossing was a rope bridge that could hold just one person at a time. O’Connell street is also said to be one of the widest in Europe, measuring a whopping 49 metres across.

And, yes leprechauns do exist. Or at least in Dublin they do. Visitors interested the myths and legends of the cheeky, green-suited little lads should make their way to the city’s Leprechaun Museum. One of Dublin’s most unique attractions, the museum transports visitors into a wonderland of Irish folklore, complete with a “shrinking tunnel”, a giant Alice in Wonderland-style tearoom and the chance to hunt for pots of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Find your own pot of gold in Dublin with Trafalgar Tours. See it from the inside with the 8-day Britain and Ireland Highlights package. 


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