We had a pretty easy flight from
LHR to DUB, and after a day of work, it was time to go off
into the city for dinner. Dad had the opportunity to
walk around during the day while I worked, so he was already
familiar with the lay of the land. We headed down to Temple
We had dinner in one of the many pubs in the area, in this
case, The Auld Dubliner. Food was good, so was the
The locals came up with the James
Joyce Pub Award
, given to those most "authentic".
A view of the river Liffey
which runs through the city.
was offered at the hotel, and was pretty
filling, and came with black
There was limited time for me to see the sights, but I did get
to walk through the city for a bit, being careful to miss
being hit by the tram
Just watch the lights!
Went over to Trinity
Where in their library
is the Book
, one of Ireland's national treasures. An
illuminated manuscript that was created around AD800, it's a
must-see on the Dublin tour. Don't miss the upper floor
of the library
, which is beautiful, and which has what may be the
in Ireland, which is featured
on their arms and currency.
From there it was a short walk to Dublin
, the oldest parts of which date back to around
is quite lovely. It was used in the recent
television program The Tudors
From there we took a taxi over to the Jeanie Johnston
replica of the kind of ship which would have sailed during the
time when many Irish were coming to America, and which shows
what the conditions were like. Since the space isn't
packed as full, so that visitors can walk comfortably, what
you see is probably quite a bit better than the actual
conditions. Worth the visit.
From there we headed west, to get lunch. We spotted
several of these trucks along the way. We can only dream
how nice it would be to drive one home.
Lunch was broccoli soup and another local beverage.
After 3 days, the sun finally came out just long enough for
Dad to use his sunglasses. Just
We asked the locals whether the Guinness
were more worthwhile, and all said that while they were both
very good, they thought the Old
tour was more unique. They
don't make the whisky here anymore, and the facility is
assembled to give the impression of what it was like, but
there are some actual artifacts from their history.
At the end you get to choose something to taste.
That's the end of our Dublin tour, as we were off in the
morning for our flight to LHR then our connection to
JFK. Here's the waiting area at in the new terminal at
Dublin Airport. I wasn't confident a less than 2 hour
connection was going to work at LHR, since we had to get our
luggage, new boarding passes and go back through
security. We ended up with about 20 minutes to
spare. It all worked out fine.
We had a great trip. Hope to get back there soon! And
get to the Guinness factory.