Last weekend, I went on my first mini excursion outside of the city!
Technically, Howth peninsula is part of Dublin, but this little bay village was so radically different from the atmosphere of being in centre city that I felt like I was already exploring new Irish lands.
We set out in the morning, passing the Liffey River on our way to the bus.
The Spire in Dublin city
We stopped at the Garden of Remembrance, a garden in Dublin dedicated to the memory of “all those who gave their lives in the cause of Irish Freedom.”
An hour (yet only nine miles) later, we arrived at Howth.
The harbor (or should I say harbour) was gorgeous.
Although the wind on the coast was a bit nippy, we couldn’t have picked a prettier day to visit.
And then we got the most adorable surprise!!! Can you spot it?
These little seals swam right up to us on the dock!
And this little cutie posed 🙂 My life was made
Before journeying to the cliffs, we fueled up on some excellent fresh seafood. My friend ordered some serious seafood chowder…
…in which he unearthed a mussel
Warm pear salad with bleu cheese and walnuts 🙂 yum
Spicy tiger prawn bruschetta
Calamari. We all agreed that this was probably the best meal we’ve had so far since being in Ireland!
After lunch, we embarked on a long walk through the countryside.
We found this beautiful abbey
Everything you’ve heard about the Irish countryside? It’s true. And it’s breathtaking.
The rolling green pastures, sparkling blue water, and gigantic horses ambling towards me…it all felt like a dream or a movie scene.
Blazing our own trail
Just stumbled upon some ruins along the way
Found a little archway just my size!
And finally, the cliffs! 🙂
The beautiful, awe-inspiring cliffs.
If this is what Ireland looks like just a few kilometers outside of the city, I can’t even begin to imagine what wonderful places I have yet to visit when I venture to the West or North.
We came across this wannabe beach house, complete with palm trees and tropical streetlights. Keep dreaming, it’s about 40 degrees.
I had known that being in Ireland was going to be an incredible experience, but it really hit me as I stood on the edge of the world. The website claims that howthismagic.com, and looking out from the top of the cliffs, I believed it. This first adventure made me contemplate how vast and wonderful the world is, and the limitless possibilities it contains.
It made me feel incredibly tiny (well, tinier than usual) and inconsequential to the grand machinations of the world, while the sheer wonder of seeing the sights in front of me simultaneously gave me the strength to conquer it all.
I think I’m ready to graduate to some real cliffs now — next stop: Cliffs of Moher.