We took a trip to Ireland to celebrate our wedding anniversary, coming from England we are all too aware of 'austerity', pay freezes and general price increases - but nothing prepared us for Dublin prices.
Drinks averaged £5 irrespective of where we went - with two of the highest coming in at over £20 for 2x G&T's and a pint of Guiness!
Dog fouling seems to be an issue (I know all cities suffer from this - but it seemed particularly bad there).
A lot of begging (from all nationalities) at all times of the day and night.
Speaking of night - it's night time when Dublin comes in to its own,vibrant bars, street musicians, a wide variety of restaurants and all open until the early hours.
We were out until 01.00 one night (morning!), and the pubs and restaurants were in full flow - I was surprised at the fact that its not 'peak' holiday season and yet the pubs and clubs were packed to breaking point - people of all ages, spending a great deal of money and this was happening every night of the week.
England should follow Ireland's lead on fuel - Diesel is cheaper than petrol in order to support businesses (Taxis, haulage, farming etc), why not adopt the same in England?
Friendly people, a lot of History & culture, 24hr city - but all at a price that's disproportionate to other European cities with similar offerings.