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Ireland! part 7

September 22, 2009

(are you getting sick of these yet?)

Day 10

Rick Steves advised to head to Dublin towards the end of the trip when you are rested up and ready to tackle the city.  In some ways, though, our last 3 days in Dublin were the most relaxing of the trip.  Perhaps because we were staying in the same spot, or maybe it was the ability to walk everywhere (no rental car needed) or the complete lack of an agenda.  It might have even been the 3 days of solid sunshine.  In any case, we had a great time in Dublin.

Our first day in Dublin, we took a hop on/hop off sightseeing bus tour.

We stopped at Kilmainhem Gaol for a tour.  It was really interesting, as our tour guide not only showed us around the gaol, but gave us a history of the people who would have stayed there.

Our second stop of the day was the Guinness Brewery.  We’ve taken a million brewery tours (that’s what happens when your husband’s hobby is homebrewing!), so we opted to skip the Guinness tour since we’d heard that you don’t actually get to see the working brewery.  Also?  I was beginning to get a bit hangry (hungry + angry = hangry… anyone else get insanely cranky if not fed at regular intervals?).  We headed up to the brewery cafe for lunch and were rewarded with a great view of the city.

After Guinness, we made the obligatory Jameson’s stop, but didn’t take the tour there, either.  We’re not big whisky drinkers.

And, finally, we headed over to Trinity College to check out the Book of Kells.  It’s such an amazing piece of art, and the display describing the historical context, artwork, and production of the book is really well put together.

For dinner, we headed to Temple Bar, and then did a bit of bar-hopping after dinner.  We eventually settled in at a small, relatively quiet bar for a few drinks and ended up meeting 2 Dubliners.  We had a lovely conversation with them, as they told us more about Dublin’s history and about an upcoming EU vote that may be important for Ireland’s future (we asked about it because there were “Vote YES!” and “Vote NO!” signs plastered all over the city).

Day 11

We spent the day just walking around the city and shopping.  It was *excellent* and made us both miss our life in the city.  I loved being able to just walk or take the bus to shopping, restaurants, etc.

We stopped in St. Stephen’s Green to sit down and enjoy the weather, and a random woman started talking to us and showing us a sweater that she bought.  She was nice enough (and very chatty), but we weren’t sure if she was just overly friendly or totally crazy.  In these situations, Jason likes to sit and say nothing, and I end up having to be polite and respond.  Jason claims that I attract these things like flies to honey, and neither one of us is really sure why.

Again, we hit up Temple Bar area for dinner and drinks!

Day 12

We spent the morning walking around the city again.  After lunch, we headed to the airport for our flight home.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2009 11:23 am

    Great end to your trip – and no, not bored with them at all!

    Glad you got to relax and see some sun, the weather definitely improved throughout Ireland for those last few days.

    Fond memories here of St Stephens Green, and love the atmosphere of the Dublin streets.

    Did you see the “floozie in the jacuzzi” and the “tart with the cart”?

    • September 22, 2009 12:38 pm

      We saw the tart with the cart… but not sure about the floozie in the jacuzzi – where is that!?!

      • September 22, 2009 4:32 pm

        It is another statue of a woman – in a fountain – Anna Livia – she was in O’Connell Street but was moved to make room for the spire, and has yet to be relocated.

        There are quite a few more – including the statue of 2 women with shopping bags – “the hags with the bags”.

        Typical Dublin humour 🙂

  2. All things nice.. permalink
    September 22, 2009 11:34 am

    Just came across your blog, your photographs are beautiful, I hope you really enjoyed your time in Ireland. slán leat!

    All things nice….

  3. September 22, 2009 3:27 pm

    Hi, i stopped by for the first time, from JanMary’s place. Oh, I love your pics! It looks like you had a fab time! someday, I’ll make the trek to the Green Isle, but in the mean time I shall enjoy the pics. Thanks!

  4. September 22, 2009 10:46 pm

    I loved the tour of the jail – It was interesting seeing the places they shot the movie – w/ Daniel Day Lewis – I remember it being so chilly in there during the tour though.
    Thanks for blogging about your trip –
    Your pictures are great!

  5. September 23, 2009 10:49 am

    Looks like a blast! I’ve always wanted to tour an old jail like that

  6. November 19, 2009 9:22 am

    So of course after your comments on my blog I just had to check out yours! I typed in Ireland in your little search bar and to my delight not one, not two, but seven posts (guess its my lucky day)! And being that we are leaving tomorrow for Ireland I had to read all of them… ha ha! Thanks for all the great tips! We are planning the first 3 days in Dublin, then headed to Galway… then???? Not sure we arrive on Saturday and leave the following Saturday so…. there are 4 night unplanned (on purpose)… Thanks again for the comments, love the blog!


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