Captured Moments… Dublin

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As promised, I finally made a post about my trip to Dublin. I have previously written a post about my tour to Northern Ireland, but writing a post about Dublin proved to be much more difficult. I spent five days there, so many pictures were taken. XD

I’ll start with this image of a beautiful Georgian door. Dublin is known for these colorful doors and they really look lovely!

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My first impression of Dublin was actually this gorgeous view:

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Here you can see the Jeanie Johnston ship, with the Samuel Beckett bridge and Poolbag chimneys in the background. Jeanie Johnston is the kind of ship Irish people travelled on when they left for America during the Great Famine. It’s hard to imagine crossing the entire ocean like that… But it’s such a beautiful ship!

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The next big “stop” was the Dublin Castle. I’m a bit obsessed with old castles, the older the better. XD

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The inside is pretty as well. 🙂

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The Christ Church Cathedral is another beautiful place to see.

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Just behind the Cathedral, lies Dublinia. Dublinia has this amazing exhibition about the history of Dublin, and the people who lived there. Did you even know that Dublin was founded by the Vikings? So, yes, if you’re obsessed with the Vikings as I am, Dublinia is definitely the place to visit. 😉

Dublin Cathedral and Dublinia

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Then, of course, there’s Trinity College, with its amazing library.

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One of Dublin’s famous monuments is the Spire of Dublin, also known as the Monument of Light. It’s really impressive to see it in person. It seems like it’s touching the sky.

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Another monument I have to show you is the Oscar Wilde Sculpture. I love it so much! Look how relaxed he looks, with a cynical smile on his lips. Just amazing!

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I would also recommmend visiting Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, even if you don’t want to do any shopping. It looks so beautiful!

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I also went to see Once, the musical, when I was in Dublin, and it was amazing! I saw the movie quite some time ago, but I think I enjoyed the musical even more. And the special thing about this musical is that before the beginning and during the break, the stage becomes a bar so you can climb up and grab a drink. It was so fun to be on that stage!

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And now I’ll leave you with a few more pictures od the streets of Dublin. It’s a very lively city, and you can’t experience its beauty only through its landmarks. I’ll start with the photo of the old man who was dancing while the street musicians played. He stole the show. XD

Hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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Captured Moments… Northern Ireland

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So, as I mentioned in a previous post, I went on a vacation to Ireland this summer. We were staying in Dublin, but we also made two bus tours outside the city. The first one was to Northern Ireland, so I decided to dedicate this post just to that one tour. It would be to much to fit everything in just one post. 😉

Anyway, we left Dublin early in the morning, 7:30. It was a quiet ride until the first stop – the Dark Hedges.

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Now, if this isn’t gorgeous, I don’t know what is. The hedges were planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their home, which I think they succeeded in. And, yes, Game of Thrones was filmed there.

The next stop was wonderful as well – Carrick-A-Rede island which is connected to the coast by a rope bridge.

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It was really fun to cross it! And the nature there was perfect.

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That’s me in the last photo, trying to make my own version of Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog. XD

The next stop was at the Giant’s Causeway – the 37,000 basalt columns whose tops form “stepping stones” leading from the cliff foot and disappearing under the sea. It’s a real wonder of nature! The legend says it was built by the giant Finn McCool who wanted to cross over to Scotland to fight the Scottish giant. The Scottish giant proved to be much bigger than Finn, so he ran away and hid himself in his son’s nursery. When the Scottish giant came and saw how big the baby was, he deduced that its father must be enormus, so he ran away, destroying the causeway behind him.

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That’s me and my brother frowning behind me. XD

And finally, we had a little bit of time to walk around Belfast. The city is very beautiful, both old and modern, unfortunately we didn’t have the time to see much of it.

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We were back in Dublin in the evening, a little before 9 p.m. And I plan to take you to Dublin as well, soon. 😉

Hoping For Snow

“I really wish it snowed this winter.” That is a sentence I repeat every year. Why? Because it almost never snows in my town, so when it does everyone becomes a child and goes out to play. Everything stops. Yes, it’s hard for people to go to work, the roads get icy and the traffic barely works at all, and people start falling down like apples from a tree, but still, I selfishly hope for snow. And since December is here, and winter is on its way, I wanted to write a post about it. Because, why not?

I live in Split (yes, I know it sounds silly in English), in the coastal part of Croatia. Now, if you google Split, you’ll see something like this:

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Sea, sunshine, palm trees (which are not actually native but we have them here since forever and they have become our trademark), and no hope for a snowy day. However, a few years ago we did get a lot of snow (at least for us it was a lot). And for me, it was amazing! Please, don’t think I’m complaining about the sunshine and warmth, but sometimes you just want something you don’t usually have. For me, snow is exciting. And pretty. This is how a park in my neighbourhood looked like (notice the palm trees again):

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And the centre of the city:

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Palm tree: “What, in the name of the tropical gods, is this?”

So, yes, we are never prepared for snow, but that’s what’s so nice about it. This post is a bit unusual for this blog, I guess, but I really wanted to post something “wintery”. Hope you’ll have a nice winter, even if you don’t like the season at all. In that case, well, after winter always comes spring. 🙂

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“Aren’t we cute like this?” 🙂

I hate summer.

I have the privilege of living next to the sea. However, I’m sometimes really ungrateful and my hate for the hot summer overshadows the beauty of the sea. (In my defence, it really is too hot here…) I love the sea, but I hate the beaches so full of people and I hate being in the sun – I’m really pale so my skin doesn’t appreciate it as well.  In a few days I’m leaving for a vacation in Scotland, a wonderful attempt to escape summer for a while. For now, it’s like this…


I hate summer.

Smell of sweat and sea salt
Trapped by the thick air.

Crickets singing their song
A failed attepmt
To make the heat bareable.

Heavy eyes
From sleepless nights
When breathing seems hard.

Scorching sun
Scarce shade
Skin burns all the same.

Ripe figs
Crushed on the ground
Sticking to the sandals
And dusty feet.

Hot soles
Dragging home
An air-conditioned paradise.