Tucked away and all for play.
St. Stephen's Green in the center of Dublin is like a shield for the weary traveler. Steps away from busy Grafton Street, the Green makes its mark with a simple pond, a few floating friends and worn benches that dot meander-able walkways.
My favorite was to visit in the early morning. The Green is large enough to feel hidden from the hustle, but small enough so that you can still hear the buses and taxicabs whirl to life just beyond the fence. What once was a marshy graze in the 17th century has since been used for wealthy promenading grounds in the 18th and as a center of insurgent command in the early 20th.
As cultures evolve, nature does too ... in her own way of steadiness.