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"Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter. Lullabies, dreams and love ever after.
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes... That's the Irish for you!" I think it's fair to say that Dublin is rather cool. You wake up on linen sheets in a newly refurbished and elegant room in the beautiful Brownes boutique hotel off St Stephen's Green. You reach over and order your continental breakfast and strong Irish coffee. Lunch has been reserved at 2 Michelin-starred restaurant Patrick Guilbaud at 21 Upper Merrion Street, tel 353 016764192. You're looking forward to this acclaimed eatery, also situated in a Georgian townhouse, and somehow you've decided on the lobster ravioli or perhaps the finely-tuned tasting menu.
So, some shopping beforehand? You head for Grafton Street and drop into the Brown Thomas department store, also known as the Harvey Nichols of Dublin. You may be tempted down a side street to check out a traditional Irish pub, but later, perhaps. Time permitting, you check out the quirky boutiques on Temple Bar and then to lunch, only just resisting a cocktail in one of the trendy bars in the area. Lunch is spectacular: you do choose the lobster ravioli and then you share the roast challans of duck followed by the assiette gourmande au chocolat; but note: this restaurant is closed from 25th December until the 6th January 2006. So, if the timing isn't right, you have two others to choose from on St. Stephen's Green. La Mere Zou has live jazz on a Saturday, while the acclaimed Thornton's Restaurant, boasts two Michelin stars.
Afternoon: perhaps a necessary siesta back at Brownes and then late tea in U2's trendy tearooms inside the Clarence Hotel. Some more excursions and then a long and expertly drawn bath, with rose petals if desired, and, depending on your digestive capabilities, a superb dinner in the Hotel's exclusive and much talked about Brownes' Restaurant. Alternatively, nip out to Les Freres Jacques for half a dozen local oysters, on 74 Dame Street opposite Dublin Castle and behind the Olympia Theatre. There is plenty of choice and other suggestions are listed below to help you create your perfect Dublin day.
However, if you are avec enfants, then Dublin is also remarkable and here's why: The 7UP Christmas on Ice was voted the "Best Christmas Experience in Dublin". There is a massive 1300 square metres of real ice creating one of Europe's largest outdoor ice rinks. The children will find it exhilarating and the kinds-only rink features its own a very Santa. You'll also find The Magical Lambert Christmas Puppet Show here. Tel 0818 717200 for more details.
Another Santa (yes he gets about!) is found at the top of the 170ft Smithfield Chimney where there are Christmas Tale events including the Enchanted Village, the Festival of Light, the Parade of Light and Christmas Carols on Sunday. Moreover, you should also visit malahidecastle.com for details of Dublin's top visitor attractions.
The Irish really don't believe in ending Christmas on the 25th of December. Being a predominantly Christian nation, church services play an important role here and the Christmas "spirit" continues all the way through to the 6th of January, where it culminates in the Feast of Epiphany.
The Hotel is Brownes, a Georgian Gem, situated in the heart of Dublin's most desirable district on St. Stephen's Green. It has undergone some major refurbishment recently and is celebrating its newly appointed rooms in grand Irish style. Rooms start from an amazing €90 per person per night and children are welcome. It is a true boutique experience with country charm and perfectly situated in the heart of this festive capital.
Other Restaurants and Bars
Chapter One 18-19 Parnell Square tel 873 2266 this is in the vaulted basement of the inspiring Dublin Writer's Museum.
Ba Mizu is a hip bar in the Powerscourt Town House Shopping Centre. This is great on a crisp Christmassy afternoon. For the traditional Irish pubs, you can be sure to find many classic ones off Grafton Street and Dame Street is bustling with great bars.
There are also some fantastic gigs on over the festive period including: Blondie at the Olympia Theatre on the 19th and 20th of December,tel 353 1 679 3323, Foo Fighters, Oasis, James Blunt and many more are performing in Dublin during December and early January, 2006.
Two useful tips to ingratiate yourself with the locals;
Don't ever refuse a drink when offered, unless for health reasons.
Avoid discussing religion or politics, or whether man did land on the moon.
Cheers, or as they say in Dublin, "top of the mornin'".