I well remember my first impression of Dublin some 15 years ago while walking all the way by the Guinness Factory along the River Liffey towards the city centre: quiet and relaxed.
Here and there a lonely pedestrian passing by, a few cars in the rush (yes, they were moving back then) and the seagulls, so many seagulls. They flew back and forth, sometimes with the impression they’ll touch your shoulder - so unafraid and used to people they were.
How do you like this? Help yourself!
That did not change and now, it is still the same. I guess you could call them a symbol of Dublin along with the noise they make – quite a stately bird I would say.
As I was getting closer to O'Connell Bridge, that feeling of peace and quiet started to blur away. Then I dived into an ocean of people.
From the start, I was fortunate to live just up O'Connell Street. What can I say? – quite overwhelming when you are coming from a tiny place in a small, tranquil country.
I felt the transition as a sudden, unexpected storm on a sunny day in the sea: my life near O’Connell Street was just like the ship caught by that storm in the big waves.
Life there was such an experience! If you want to know what Dublin is about, you must live in its heart, you need to hear and feel its heart beat!
And just like it, life in the city center never stops: constant crowds wandering around, laughter mixed with never ending engines roaring and random working alarms.
I often used to walk all the way along Moore Street admiring its authentic market with vibrant colours, juicy fruits and vegetables and cheerful and friendly traders. It is considered to be the oldest open air food market in Dublin.
I especially enjoyed watching how the traders were delivering their wares using horse-drawn carts. It is quite a procedure I must say. The horses are the main actors in those scenes: so beautiful and noble (I always wondered where they keep them: in the city centre?)!
Some traders still use this delivery method today and you’ll be very lucky if you catch them in the act, as the photo opportunities would be fantastic.
Today on Moore Street, you’ll find an area of Dublin that’s always evolving, yet stays true to its wholesome trade roots. It showcases how diverse and multicultural the city has become in recent years. As such, it offers a vibrant and colourful mixture of old and new.
And how about the next snap?
… both these places are in Dublin (this and Moore Street)!
So, I can definitely say it is a completely different thing when just visiting Dublin and living here for a while. No one could describe well enough what Dublin is about (you will not get the real buzz, that unique to everyone, genuine feel of Dublin) - it is a feeling that everyone must experience.
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