The Royal Canal runs from Dublin to Longford. Although it is no longer used as a means of water transport, it has amazing views and is surrounded by interesting sites. On a warm Sunday afternoon, a friend and I took a walk along the Canal, curious about how far we could go and where we would end up.
It was a peaceful stroll through the city (along the canal), where I realised that there was so much of Dublin I was yet to discover. I have lived in this city for over four years, and I am behind in terms of visiting local sites.
It's funny how you can sometimes consider an elaborate trip abroad before deciding to go a couple miles beyond your front door to discover everything your local town or city has to offer. There are obvious places that people like to visit, then there are the hidden gems; home to wonders that are yet to be revealed.
There are beautiful lodgings, pubs and restaurants along the canal. Such as the Bernard Shaw and the Eatyard Motel. These places added a pop of colour to a slightly overcast day.
By the end of the walk (3hrs and several miles later), I was energised and ready to start my search for the next excursion. I was also ready to share my story because, the summer is long and many people are returning home after spending weeks abroad.
Going on spur of the moment outings can be a thrilling pivot from the repetitive activities we have in our daily lives. It can also be a different method of relaxing and connecting with others. I thoroughly believe that the summer is the best time to discover or rediscover the place you live. It's inexpensive and you might just find your new favourite spot.
As for me, this summer will be focused on having exciting but relaxed adventures, and it was all started by a simple walk down the canal.