Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Dublin

Fri Feb 12, 2010 11:14am EST
 
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By Barbara Lewis

DUBLIN (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore Dublin? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of Ireland's largest city.

SATURDAY

9 a.m. - After arriving at Dublin's airport, jump on a bus to take you straight to the heart of the city for six euros or for around 30 euros ($41.74), a taxi will whisk you into town.

11 a.m. - The airport bus will drop you off at O'Connell Street (previously called Sackville Street) on the north of the River Liffey. If you want to send a postcard home, the General Post Office provides the grandest possible setting to buy a stamp as well as a history lesson.

It was the focal point for the 1916 Easter Rising and in the philatelic section, visitors can read the proclamation demanding the formation of an Irish Republic.

11.30 a.m. - Cross the O'Connell Bridge to Trinity College, Dublin's oldest university -- home to the world-famous illustrated manuscript the Book of Kells, which dates from around 800 AD. Its many illustrious students included writer Oliver Goldsmith, whose statue is just outside the main gate.

1 p.m. - Head south to Grafton Street for elegant shops, buskers, street artists, lunch and a coffee at the bustling and beautiful art deco cafe, Bewley's.

The Bewley tea and coffee company dates back to the 19th-century. Its Grafton Street cafe was opened in 1927, with stained glass windows by renowned artist Harry Clarke, and has been a haunt for many of Ireland's literary and artistic figures, including writers Patrick Kavanagh and Samuel Beckett.   Continued...