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"Dublin fair City"

"Dublin fair City"

 

      One thing that I particularly loved in comparison with France is that the city never stops. Indeed, here everything is open on Sundays. I think it’s so much better to be able to do things on Sundays: shopping, groceries or simply going to have a coffee somewhere.

 

Grafton Street is one of the two shopping streets in the City Centre, the other being Henry Street. The first one is in Dublin 2 and the other one in Dublin one, near O’Connell Street. Both of them are continuously full of people. I think it is really convenient to have all shops near from each other. The ambiance in those two shopping streets is really nice. Indeed, all along the streets, bands are playing guitars and singing famous hits. Also, people are dancing, doing magic tricks and all kind of entertainment. I think the atmosphere is much more relaxed than in France. In those two streets you can walk into some iconic department stores such as Clerys or Brown Thomas.

 

However, the most popular shop in Dublin and in Ireland is without a doubt Penneys. Penneys becomes for all Erasmus students and tourists their favourite place in the city. You can find clothes, all kind of accessories, furniture’s, cosmetics and even food. The reason why this shop is so popular is because of unbeatable prices. When I first arrived in Dublin, I wondered for a few days what was this shop because I kept seeing people in the streets with Penneys’ brown and blue bags. You can literally see people with Penneys’ bags, from all ages and styles, everywhere.

 

Another thing to mention is that Dublin lives by the rhythm of celebrations. First there was Halloween, which was a really big deal here. Indeed, I have learned at that time that Halloween is actually an Irish tradition. Like most people, I thought this celebration came from America. Therefore, Irish people are very proud of this legacy. About a month before Halloween, shop windows are already orange and black.

 

As soon as Halloween is over, the city and the shops are putting on Christmas lights and decorations. All around St Stephen’s Green Park, there was the Christmas market. Finally, just after Christmas Holidays, it is time for Valentine’s Day than for Easter and finally for St Patrick’s Day. About a month before 17 March, all shops are starting to sell green clothes and typical accessories such as St Patrick’s hats. This celebration is known worldwide. It lasts for about one week in Ireland. Indeed, during the days before, the country is bursting with excitement. The effervescence is in the air and everyone talks about it. The main activity during St Patrick’s’ week is to drink bear and to party. However, tourists are coming from all over and there are so many people on the streets. I was told by a lot of my Irish friends to be very careful because it is really easy to get lost among the crowd.

 

Saint Patrick’s Day was actually two days ago and I had the best time ever. First of all, we went to the parade on the morning. Indeed, the parade goes from O’Connell Street to Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It was really impressive to see thousands of people in the streets all wearing green and orange clothes. Since it is a public holiday in Ireland, almost every one is in the streets. After the parade we stayed in the streets where bands where playing music everywhere. Everyone is speaking to each other, taking pictures with strangers and laughing with everyone. It was definitely one of my favourite days in Dublin. With my three roommates, we’ve decided that we will try and come back every year for Saint Paddys.

 

Clara Thomas

Clara Thomas

One lucky girl in Dublin