When I say in my about post that I live in Dublin, Europe’s most enjoyable city, I’m generally referring to the bar and restaurant scene in a city that’s big enough to have a broad scope but small enough to retain a community feel.
However, we’re currently enjoying a mini-heatwave, and it reminds me that Dublin is also a very beautiful place, both at the heart of the city and in it’s natural environs. Just 3 miles from the city centre is Dollymount Beach, where I popped down this morning to take a few sunrise pics – that’s a 4.57am sunrise by the way!!
Dollymount by the way is on Bull Island, which is a relatively new part of the landscape which was the accidental result of the creation of a protective wall along the north of Dublin Port, by Captain William Bligh – yes, of the Bounty!
Separate to the sunrise, I took the new Dublin Bay Cruise trip the other day which again shows how the natural setting of Dublin is something I’m so fortunate to have on my doorstep. It goes between Howth (north of Dublin) and Dun Laoghaire (to the south), two towns with a fishing and maritime tradition, and this photo is of The Baily Lighthouse on Howth Head. You can walk the whole cliff of Howth Head, and it’s a must-do if you’re visiting Dublin, and I’d recommend the cruise as well, particularly if the weather is as good as it is now!
Everything I’ve shown here is no more than 25 minutes from O’Connell Bridge in the heart of Dublin. Like I say, Europe’s most enjoyable city!