Black gold

Trip Start Apr 16, 2012
Trip End Aug 14, 2012

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Monday, August 6, 2012

We packed up the car once more and headed out onto the road. The drive into Dublin went very smooth as the highways are fantastic in Ireland. Once in Dublin we returned the car back and checked into our hotel. Adam was about to catch a flight to England so we all went to the Guinness Factory to check it out. The factory is right in the heart of Dublin and you can’t really miss it as its around 8 stories high and has an incredible bar on the top floor as you walk up to the factory.

As we approached the factory it gave of the distinctive brewery type smell that filled the air all around. It was absolutely packed inside and we were quite cheeky and got in at student prices. The tour itself was really cool, a self guided at your own pace style tour filled with lots of video interactive type displays and half way through a little tasting of the black gold and then once you make your way up to the top you get a full Pint of the good stuff. The bartender poured mine with a shamrock and told me it was the best poured pint of Guinness in the world, and I think she was right! It actually tasted delicious, and as the three of us clinked our glasses it was a nice way to end a 4 month adventure that Adam had had with us. As we finished the massive pint of oil we looked out at the beautiful sunny Dublin before us and soaked in the panoramic views. It wasn’t long before we had finished the contents and gave Adam and big hug goodbye.

We then headed back down and I made Holly check out all the little exhibits we had missed on the other levels and then finally after much walking we headed home back to the hotel. We picked up Giv and headed out to the ‘oldest pub’ in Dublin, actually called the Auldest, but I don’t think anyone actually knows which one is the oldest per say. Anywhos, the service was horrid, but I had the most incredible Guinness and beef pie in a massive Yorkshire Pudding. It was definitely a struggle to finish, but it was worth the fight!! I polished it off with my second pint of Guinness ever and we watched a bit of the Olympics before heading home. The night was still young so we watched a movie then went to sleep.

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