Leaving Galway, heading back to Dublin
Trip Start Oct 14, 2009
14Trip End Oct 26, 2009
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On our drive back to Dublin, we saw a beautiful rainbow. After many unsuccessful attempts to photograph it while driving, we finally got a couple of decent photos of it. We arrived in Dublin in the evening and drove around looking for a place to stay
After getting settled at the hotel, we walked across the river to a pub. This pub was mentioned in my travel book as a favorite of locals and as supposedly pouring the best pint of Guinness. However, Ilya and the bartender himself thought otherwise about the pint! We had quite a bit of good conversation with the bartender, who had spent a couple of weeks touring California about 15 years ago. He had a pretty thick accent, so sometimes Ilya just played along and I "translated" later! The Irish bartender said he had never tried a Guinness (he was probably in his 50s). When Ilya asked why, he responded, "I don't like the look of it"--word-for-word the same reason for never trying Guinness given to us by the retired Irishman we met on the train to Sallins on our first day in Ireland!!!
After leaving the pub, we walked ack across the river and up O'Connell Street, a very busy main street in Dublin. We then wandered away from O'Connell Street and came across an old Catholic church that was recently renovated and turned into a pub, restaurant, and nightclub (it's called The Church)
Leaving The Church, we walked across the river again and went to the lively Temple Bar area. We went into the famous Temple Bar pub to take a few pictures--it was packed! We then had a late dinner at a Boxty restaurant in Temple Bar that offered 2-for-1 meals that time of night. The boxties were good; it's an Irish dish with a pancake wrapped around your choice of filling.
Afterdinner, we made a quick stop at an internet café to confirm travel arrangements to Paris. We then walked back to the hotel for a good night's sleep.