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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

So we’re back on the road again all but briefly for a little visit to Ireland. A county I (Caroline) is very familiar with having spent many of my childhood summer holidays visiting my Grandmother and Uncles. However, I have never been to Dublin so it was a good a reason as any for myself and Martin to have a little jolly on our way to visit family. Our plan is to spend 3 days here and then head to the west coast and Ennis where my family are based.
Well so far soooo good. Dublin seems fairly compact so there is lots of walking but not too far between places we want to see. We had a walk about yesterday afternoon after we dumped our bags at the hostel. We are in the centre of places which is really good. We walked past Christ Church Cathedral and happened upon a film set.....nosey me wanted to know what they were filming and it happened to be the BBC production of The Tudors! The actors were having a break outside so I took a photo of them. I will have to watch it now to see who they were??? We found a nice friendly pub yesterday evening and had a few...like you do! And then wobbled back to our hostel.
Today we visited Trinity College. It happens to be Freshers Week so the place is really busy with new students enrolling in all sorts of clubs. The college is made up of several huge buildings of which tourists are free to roam the extensive grounds. For 9Euros each you can take a walk in the massive library which houses among its millions of books, The Book of Kells. We certainly learnt stuff I didn't know before anyway!!
Then we took a stroll to the Guinness Brewery. That was really good. Your self guided walking tour slowly takes you up this 7 storey building right to the top learning about the process and brewing of the famous ‘black stuff’ on the way. Then at the very top is The Gravity Bar with its 360 degree views of Dublin. It was Brilliant. We even got to meet the great great great great great grandson of Mr Arthur Guinness himself. He would not normally be there socialising with us peasants but its Guinness brewery’s 250th birthday tomorrow so they were getting ready for the big party etc that is happening tomorrow and film crews outside and all. I even got his signature but only because they were asking if anyone was having a birthday today. Well this lady sitting next to us was from California (I had got chatting to her a couple of minutes earlier) She told me it was her 50th tomorrow so I shout out 'its this ladies birthday tomorrow' So then all the people in the bar all sing happy birthday to her (all my fault, but she loved it!!) and then over comes the Guinness heir and 4th Earl of Iveagh. I know him as Rory well, that’s what it said on his name badge anyway! He presented Dana (birthday queen) with his book he had written about the whole Guinness Empire and carries on chatting to us!! By this time I had had a pint or two of Guinness and no lunch yet so my laugh did get a bit loud....but hey! It was funny. And my new mate Rory was laughing too!
We've ended up having lunch quite late in a lovely little café called the Queen of Tarts. The display cabinet (see photo) was beautiful and the food was even better. We could be returning for lunch tomorrow…..

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