One of the biggest walled parks in Europe is situated in one of the smallest capitals – Dublin! And is called Phoenix Park. People always talk about deer that they saw there, but I have never before reached the point when walking where these lovely animals would not hide from the curious Dubliners. This time I decided to go further – by taking a Dublin bike. If you live in Dublin you can get a yearly subscription, if you are visiting – a 3 day pass. Half an hour is free, and for extra 2 hours they charge € 1.50. This is what I went for and cycled all the way up, and beside the house of the American Ambassador turned left to the Papal Cross, a huge white construction erected in the 70ties when the Pope visited Dublin and over 1 million Irish came to see him here.
Just beside the cross, which is located on the hill with the views over the park (like in this picture), there are a few areas with plenty of trees. This is apparently where deer live. The day I went to the park was a very busy day, packed with local marathon participants and their fans. Hard luck – no deer wanted to come out. But a nice picnic on the Papal Cross replaced this little disappointment. Phoenix park is not only good for cycling, walking or deer watching. It is also home for Dublin Zoo where you could make new exotic friends!