Stornoway was originally a Viking settlement and the development of the town was spurred by the construction of the original castle in the Middle Ages. There was much infighting between rival clans and an attempt by the then King of Scotland, JamesVI, to colonise Lewis failed in 1597. The original...
Founded by the Vikings 10000 years ago, Dublin ranks among the top tourist destination_blogs in Europe and in the last decade there has been an economic boom which has seen areas of Dublin change dramatically. Many historical areas have been rejuvenated and restored and new shopping centres, clubs, bars and restaurants have arrived helping to boost tourist figures. The famous O’Connell Street is still there. The area around St Stephen’s Green south of the River Liffey is becoming very popular and includes Trinity College and elegant streets of Georgian Houses. The rich heritage of 300 years of literacy has been brought to life in the Dublin’s Writers Museum situated in a beautifully restored Georgian House on Parnell Square not far from O’Connell Street.
Located in the heart of the city’s medieval area, you can visit the Dublinia and Viking World Exhibition in the Synod Hall of Christ Church Cathedral. Visitors to the exhibition are given access to the tower in St Michael’s Church (weather permitting); after a steep climb you are rewarded with wonderful views of the city. For those looking for an eventful evening in Dublin head for the bars and night spots of the Temple Bar area.
Communications within the city and suburbs have improved with the introduction of the Luas tramline system together with the upgraded ‘Dart’ railway system running along the coast from North to South. It is also the home of Europe’s most successful, largest and most profitable European airline, although maybe not the most popular: Ryaniar the king of all the budget airline carriers.
However Ireland, of which Dublin is the major part, has been hit severely with the financial crisis inheriting huge debts from the Anglo Irish Bank. However you will still find a warm welcome and the easygoing charm has not disappeared.
Places to Visit
Walking tour – start at Parnell Square – down O’Connell Street across the river on O’Connell Bridge (view Ha’penny Bridge) down past Temple Bar towards Trinity College – divert right onto Dame Street to Christ Church Cathedral & Castle – then back towards Grafton Street and St Stephens Green – or take the Tour Bus which will also include the Guinness Storehouse.
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