Sunday, December 11, 2011

Howth, Ireland

One of the days in Dublin, while Dale was busy with his conference, I decided to hop the DART and head up to the small coastal town of Howth
I'm still infatuated with trains and subways and such. I guess growing up without them, I'm now overcompensating. So, I was halfway just excited to take a ride on the train and check out the view through the window. The other half of me was excited to take a stroll through small town Ireland. 
Howth is a beautiful little town North of Dublin and right on the coast. It's a fishing village and there are a ton of restaurants which I am sure serve amazing fish meals. I, unfortunately, did not think about that before hand and went in the morning at which point I was not feeling like fish. I'm kicking myself for that mistake. Maybe someday I'll return to try them out!
I had heard the seals hang out here. Maybe I was off season or something but I only saw one seal feasting in the harbor who would poke his head out now and again. I still had a lot of fun sitting for a good while and watching him (or her).
Then I took a nice stroll through the harbor taking in all of the views. I loved the lighthouse and the Island in the distance. And I couldn't believe how murky the water was.
In Howth there are several trailheads to hike/walk several kilometers and up. I had planned on this as my activity for the day. But, of course, as I was about to embark on the trail it got really windy and rainy. Not wanting to spend my day in the elements, I finished walking the harbor before heading back to town on the DART. 
So, now I have to return for the hike AND the fish. At least I got some quality time by the ocean and some beautiful views too.
I definitely recommend this day trip from Dublin, it's only 20 minutes away on the DART. Well worth the piece of mind you will gain in this beautiful little town!
Love Always,


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