Dark Ales, Banshee Wails and Red headed males
Trip Start Jul 02, 2010
17Trip End Aug 02, 2010
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Harrington Hall Dublin
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Then they upgrade you to Business Class and you realise it is.
The flight wasn't half as exciting as the morning, but at least we got a seat on board
To give you a picture of Dublin, try and imagine a cross between Christchurch and Copenhagen, with seagulls flying overhead, and the world's fastest walking people. Whilst trying to wrangle the winding streets of the city, our first sight wasn't leprechauns or Guinness Pubs. No, it was a scrag fight happening on a street corner between two long haired Irish lasses. Welcome to Ireland!
After checking in, we went for a wander for lunch. I've eaten in Irish pubs in Darwin, Queenstown, Banff and Sydney, this was the first time I've eaten in one in well, Ireland. The weather here is weird! We've had the sun and rain, cold and heat all in one afternoon. We walked through Grafton Street (shopping mall street), Trinity College and St. Stephen's Green which is near our hotel.
We went out again to an Irish pub in the Temple Bar area for dinner (an area definitely worth seeing) and decided to go partying with the locals
The next day we rang home to see Tiger was okay (he is) before more sightseeing. We headed to St. Patrick's cathedral and then the Guinness Storehouse. I never did find out if the ingredients were a 50% ratio of bog water and chocolate syrup (as stated on The Simpsons). You don't need a bus tour here - Dublin is very walkable. Unfortunately Ted has been battling a cold so he headed back early. I then saw City Hall, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral and the Houses of Parliament before heading back.
Before dinner, we went back to St. Stephen's Green nearby – we love it there. Just like Dublin’s answer to Central or Centennial Park, it’s an awesome retreat from the city. It seems like every restaurant in Temple Bar has an early bird special, where you can have a 3 course meal for about 15 euro. My feet have been in agony since the all day walks we’ve done in Paris and Dublin, so we settled into a nearby pub to watch an evening of live folk music. Unfortunately the local culture couldn’t compete, as most of the crowd’s preference was to watch the Netherlands annihilate Uruguay in the World Cup.
We weren’t undeterred by last night’s lack of pub excitement so we again went to check out the local scene. As tempting as watching an Irish drag queen performing in a front of a room of 20 year olds was, we moved onto another venue. We settled on local karaoke at the Front Lounge, with a crowd I wasn’t old enough to be a dad to. We met two local Irish blokes, who we went with to a local dance party called Glitz – all this on a Tuesday night? Don’t Dubliners ever go to bed?
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