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    Glorious Ireland

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    The Dublin Dichotomy


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     mapqueen told me, 'The walking tour of the city was definitely the most memorable. I loved all the stories our young guide told us, and I just loved the different styles of architecture as well!'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    In March of 2010, I spent one week in Dublin at a conference. I was inside almost the entire time, but I did get to spend one day touring the city. Because I'm a non-profit worker with limited means, there wasn't much I could do, so I opted to follow a free walking tour.

    The thing I noticed about this beautiful city is that it has such a dichotomy between old and new...traditional and modern...bland and colorful. Victorian and medieval architecture are adjacent to post-modern, almost bohemian style of buildings. Pubs are littered among churches and cathedrals. A region deeply and proudly rooted in its own history is populated by a generation itching to make its own unique place in society. As a geographer, the city was more than intriguing, and I'd love to visit there again and take in more of its culture.

    (In the pictures above, you'll notice the bright colors of some of these old attempt to modernize such a historic city...other pictures include Christ Church Cathedral, Trinity College, and views of the River Liffey)
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