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Some pictures and info about my city, Dublin.

(The River Liffey in the city centre)
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First, geography - Dublin is situated in the finest bay west of Naples, and nicely divided into north and south by the River Liffey. Historically, this divide has had a socio-economic element, with the southside being the larger, more prosperous area, the northside more rugged and working-class. Today this still rings true, although increasingly, a west-east divide is seeming more relevant.

(The Grand Canal on the southside)
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Enclosing the city centre and inner city on each side are a couple of canals, on the northside the Royal Canal, on the southside the Grand Canal. Slightly beyond these again lie two smaller rivers, the Tolka on the northside and the Dodder on the southside. Up until the middle of the last century, most of Dublin was well contained within these two, while since then, the suburbs have sprawled way beyond into formerly rural areas to form the greater Dublin area, with a population of around 1.5 million (i.e. about a third of the Republic of Ireland's population).

(The Royal Canal on the northside. To the right you can see an example of a typical Dublin inner city social housing block.)
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The city centre, or 'downtown' area, is quite small and lies between the Grand Canal to just north of O'Connell St on the northside. As well as containing the main shopping streets (O'Connell St and pedestrianized Grafton St on the southside), it also contains the tourist quarter of Temple Bar, a Disneyland for drinking places recently (and deservedly) voted among the world’s 10 most disappointing tourist destinations (see here). At the very centre lies the famous university, Trinity College, with as fine a campus as you'll see anywhere.

(Classic Georgian architecture on Leeson St in the city centre)
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(Typical terraced housing in the inner city)
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The area to the south of Temple Bar and slightly west of Grafton St is my favorite part of the city, with the best bars, cafes and street life. The northside, as stated already, is more rugged, rundown, but with what some may appreciate more authenticity.

(The famous Guinness brewery, one of Dublin's prime tourist attractions)
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Mostly, central Dublin is defined by its fine Georgian architecture, built at a time when the city was the second largest in the British Empire, and numerous parks and green squares - Dublin is reckoned to have more green space per square mile than any other European capital, including the largest urban park in Europe, the Phoenix Park.

(Heuston train station, with a local tram in front. The tram service, known as the LUAS, operates two lines. There is also a light rail system known as the DART which runs up and down the coast. However, most public transport in Dublin is by the double-decker city buses you can see in the background there).
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The inner city mirrors the classic western urban experience - a mix of long-established working-class natives and associated social/public housing, newer immigrants (especially from Eastern Europe and West Africa), and the young professional crowd in the brand-new apartment complexes, although gentrification has yet to impact on many areas.

(Phoenix Park)
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Beyond the canals, the low-rise suburbs sprawl for miles on each side. Irish people have an instinctive dislike of living in apartments, and even in the worst of the public housing estates, families will have a front and back garden to enjoy.

(Yes we have migrants from the subcontinent, particularly Pakistan. Really good quality Indian restaurants, however, are few and far between, although the situation is improving all the time)
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Anyway, hopefully this gives a small idea of what Dublin is like, although it's almost never as sunny as it appears in these pictures. When the weather is bad, which is quite a lot, Dubliners tend to retire to the pubs, of which there are many, many great places. I may be biased, but I reckon Dublin has the best selection of bars of any world city. When the weather is good, as it has been the last week, we try to make the most of it. A common sight is a group of locals strolling around town in shorts and t-shirts alongside Spanish and Italian tourists still wrapped up in scarves and North Face jackets!

(An example of a public housing project on the outskirts of the city, the Ballymun towers, only built in the 1960's, have now mostly been torn down).
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Now, let's see where you guys live!

(Edit): Dublin has had many great songs written about it - here's a famous one lamenting the modernization of the city:



Also, here's some pictures taken from above the city recently - The Air Corps took these photographs of Dublin by air and they’re stunning
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Now I live in delhi but I have lived in chennai before. But before that I have lived in the fabled town of Jhumri Telaiya. Refer to my signature
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Lovely post SMT - enjoyed this virtual tour of Dublin. Great thread idea too. I will probably come around to writing about Jaipur at some point of time (I might need some more photos of the old city, I just end up there for shopping rather than taking photos). Well, I haven't met a person online or offline who doesn't have an opinion of it already - including people who haven't been there I did post several photos on this thread introducing Jaipur on Diwali night.
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Yeah unfortunately I've no pics of some of the main landmarks in the centre, I'll try get some tomorrow.
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Hanging out in Brooklyn. Anyone know what DUMBO stands for??

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Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass?
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Winner winner chicken dinner!

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Looks like SMT is drowning in parenthood and drudges of doctoral work.asn't had time between changing nappies and every changing bibliography
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Perhaps, perhaps!

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