Day 6: Dublin

Trip Start Apr 30, 2006
Trip End May 07, 2006

Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Friday, May 5, 2006

Our day began with a tour of Dublin with a local guide who took us by bus around the city and showed us many of the principal sights of interest.

Our tour went through the Georgian Town Houses, Fitzwilliam Square, Marian Square, the Oscar Wylde statue, the National Gallery, Leinster House, the Natural History Museum, the President's Office, the Lord Mayor's House, Trinity College, Grafton Street, the Molly Malone statue, Temple Bar, the Central Bank of Ireland, Dublin Castle, Christ Church Cathedral, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the Wellington monument, the Dublin Zoo, Parnell Square, the Garden of Rememberance, the Gate Theatre, O'Connell Street, the Spire, the General Post Office, the Daniel O'Connell statue, the Ha' Penny Bridge, and Nasseau Street.

I always enjoy my time in Dublin. For a big city its actually very compact and most things a tourist would want to see or do is pretty centrally located and easy to get to.

After the city tour concluded we went on a tour of the Jameson Distellery on the north side of the city. The tour is conducted by one of the workers who explains the history of the company and how the whiskey is made. The best part of the tour is the taste testing at the end. Everyone gets a drink of their choice made with Jameson or a soda if you're not a drinker. The most entertaining part is when they take the volunteers who go through a taste testing process and have to drink quite a few different shots to see which whiskey they prefer. There is also a gift shop and a lovely old pub at the Distellery.

Once the Jameson tour was finished we were taken to Trinity College to view the Book of Kells. It really was amazing to see.....the book is positively ancient and yet the craftmanship is amazing. The artwork on the pages is so ornate and beautiful. You can not take pictures of the Book of Kells which is somewhat disappointing but its well worth a visit.

After our tours were finished our afternoon was at leisure in the city. We decided to walk around on Grafton street and check out the shops. There are tons of upscale stores there as well as the typical souvenir shops. We saw several bands performing out on the street as well as actors. We did a bit of walking and found the Molly Malone statue which we got my dad to pose with.

After awhile we headed back to the hotel to shower and change. We decided to go to the Brazen Head for dinner and a few pints. The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Dublin and prob. the country as well. Its very popular and gets very crowded. We went early and even had trouble getting a seat.

There was a band playing traditional Irish music and a nice mix of locals and tourists. Two young guys from Dublin were caryying on and dancing and generally entertaining everyone. We met some people from Scotland in there as well. It was a nice night.
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