Got lots done today

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Nov 01, 2009

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Friday, September 18, 2009

We woke up early this morning and got on the first open-top hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. Brandon and | decided that we would do one full loop before choosing what to do and we got to see some great sights in the city as we made up our minds. Fisrt stop for us was Dublin Castle. We got into the grounds, looked around, tooke a few pictures and decided that we would probably see enough old furniturein France that this place might not be worth the admission price or our time - we had a lot of other things to do and see today. Straight back onto the next bus - next stop:The Guinness Storehouse. When I first heard that the actual brewery wasn't open to the public, I thought that this was going to be a place where tourists went to buy t-shirts and pint glasses . I was wrong - this starts off and an interprative tour explaining the process of making the beer. The further along (or up) you go you get a lesson in the company's 250 year history and at the end of it you find yourself at one of the highest viewpoints in all of Dublin with a pint of the freshest Guinness in the world. Looking out over the grounds of the brewery, which takes up acres and acres of space, you understand why the place isn't open to the public - it's massive. Like something straight out of Willy Wonka only instead of chocolate, it's beer and there don't seem to be any oompa loompas around. So that was Guinness checked off the list. Next stop - Kilmainham Gaol (jail). We once again prepared ourselves for another history lesson. Our guide was very informative, explaining the gaols role as a transportation centre for prisoners bound for Australia, as a place of refuge for the starving men, women, and children who during the potato famine would commit petty crimes to find themselves locked up but at least getting a consistant food source, and in what seems to be the gaols most historical role - the detainment and execution of most of the men involved in the 1916 Easter uprising. The place is amazing - from the extremely old primitive cells to the more recent two storey victorian wing. Apparently U2 has held a concert here but its hard to believe everything in Irishman tells you. Either way, definately needs to be seen to be appreciated. Next stop was the national museum. Tons of artifacts and we ony had about 45 minutes left to look around before they closed.  The museum is in an old army barracks and is full of interesting stuff. Our last stop was supposed to be the Body Works exhibit but apparently it had moved on somewhere else and some interactive CSI thing had replaced it.. we were a little dissapointed. Back to the hostel for dinner - we cooked for ourselved because, as I have stated before, this place is expensive. After dinner it was off to Temple Bar for some pints and some traditional Iriish music. Didn't really find much of the latter, just a bunch of tourists singing along to Cranberries and Pogues covers. Hopefully we find some authentic music soon.
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