the best of 2012, part II: Dublin
“The journey not the arrival matters.”
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars,” wrote Oscar Wilde in his play Lady Windermere’s Fan
. Dramatic—yes—but a sentiment that pervades the salt of the earth attitude of Dubliners as well as Ireland’s perseverance as a whole. This once considered black sheep of the United Kingdom is a remarkable place to explore. Dublin’s array of pubs, cultural attractions and colorful characters welcomed me with open arms and revealed a compact cosmopolitan playground in which everybody seemed to be frolicking. In spite of a struggling economy, Dublin is pulling itself up by its bootstraps and putting on a damn good hooley show.
Stay: The Fitzwilliam Hotel
Modern design and impeccable customer service contribute to the Fitzwilliam’s 5-star ranking. Ask for a room facing St. Stephen’s Green for a charming city view, or settle into a courtyard room for a more secluded respite.
This historic townhouse has been converted into a multi-level contemporary dining space and features a seasonal menu that highlights locally sourced meat, fish and poultry.
Day Trip: Howth
Hop on the rail and within 20 minutes you’ll be strolling through this charming coastal town.