As we already said in this post, our first trip together was to Dublin, so it has been a long time thinking of writing a post about this vibrant and beautiful city. We visited Dublin in Easter and there we found the cold that we were just overcoming in the Mediterranean. In our first (and short) trip to Ireland we only had time to discover its capital and the nice village of Howth, but we promised ourselves that we would go back someday to enjoy the Irish landscapes.
Anyway, in around one day and a half in Dublin we had enough time to visit some of the main hotspots of the city, and we must say that we loved all of them. Keep reading and write them down for your first trip to Dublin! 🙂
1. Guinness Storehouse
If every place has a beer, the flagship beer in Ireland is Guinness. And although we are not big fans of stout beer, we couldn’t be in Dublin without visiting the museum-brewery of this beer brand that exists since 1759. If you also want to visit Guinness Storehouse, we recommend buying the tickets in advance online to avoid queues. At least when we visited the brewery it was very crowded. There you will learn about the history and manufacturing of this world-known beer and taste a pint with good views of the city.
Nara was the capital of Japan during the Nara period (710-784). It was enough to build one of the most impressive buddhist temples in the world: the Todai-ji. It is also home of hundreds of deers and site of other impressive places, some of them free, that we explain in this post. It is an unmissable city in any trip in Japan. It is small enough to be visited in one day coming from the nearby cities of Osaka and Kyoto. Well connected by train in the region of Kansai, you won’t have any excuse to not come to Nara in your travel to Japan after reading these lines.
For some of our friends and acquaintances it’s still summer. Everyday in the social networks we find lots of pictures of nice beaches and exotic places. But for us routine is back. We are already working and I (Laura) am getting used to a new job. However, we are trying to extend the summer period with weekends of beach, drinks and swimming pool. And this has reminded us of one of the most beautiful beaches where we’ve been together: the Costa Nova beach, near Aveiro (Portugal). Its colourful houses stole my heart.
Aveiro in fact is a synonym of colour. The vibrant houses, the drawings of the moliceiros… The two big cities of Portugal, Porto and Lisbon, are easily reached by plane from Barcelona. But if you want to get lost among the beautifull villages of this country, having a car is a must. So two years ago we decided to cross the entire Iberian Peninsula with our own car to start a roadtrip that we will always remember.
Some days ago we arrived back home after two weeks in China. Although two weeks seem a very short time to visit such a huge country, we have enjoyed a lot of those 14 days in China and have managed to discover some of the most important Chinese jewels. However, we are already thinking of a second visit to this amazing country, maybe to Sichuan, Yunnan or Tibet. Who knows… 🙂
We already shared in a previous post the itinerary that we had planned for this trip. Generally speaking, we followed our initial plan, but we had to introduce some minor changes due to the difficulty of getting tickets to enter the Forbidden City in Beijing and the train bookings. The agency that had been managing the train bookings for us told us some weeks before our trip that it was not possible to get tickets for the exact trains that we had requested. Fortunatelly, we had booked our accommodation with free cancellation in Booking.com, as we always do. This made us change our plans as per the nights that we would spend in Xi’an and Pingyao.
It was not in our plans to spend a night in Uis. Therefore I didn’t look to the satellite images from that part in the border of Damaraland. Uis was in the road map that we had, but let’s say it is not easy to find the roads when there are no signs. We left the town thinking that we were going towards Twelfontein but after driving for more than 100 kilometres we realized we were going in the wrong direction!