Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Aaaah Dublin Ireland. Finally. Our B&B is halfway between the airport and the city centre. Pleasantly located close to everything but far enough away from the chaos that is dublin.
We went into town to orient ourselves and check it out. We explored o'connell street (the modern main drag) and of course headed to temple bar. Temple bar is a famous area of town that once saw artists flourish and culture glow but now is inundated with pubs focused on sucking as much money out of tourists as possible (that didn't stop is from hanging out there for four hours. We stopped into "gogarty's pub". It intrigued is as it has live traditional music from 2:30pm to 2:30am each day. We had to have that pint of Guinness in Ireland. It did taste a little smoother than at home. Being in dublin helps with the flavour we think. We ended up chatting with two very nice Scottish guys for several hours (see picture).  We then wanted to search out some grub but didn't feel like temple bar prices (example fish and chips... About $23 Canadian) so we left the major tourist area and paid about $10 Canadian less.
We started the next day with breakfast and I (Kevin) tried both black pudding and white pudding (I know black pudding has blood in it but I still don't know what white pudding is... After eating it I don't think I want to). Both were very good though.
After consuming the fuel for the day we headed back into town and explored trinity college (circa 1592) where, beside the gorgeous campus,  the highlight was watching a guy jaywalking get absolutely smoked by a moped (they both walked away so it was ok).
We ate lunch at a recommended Italian market shop where we consumed (and thoroughly enjoyed) as many vegetables as possible as we are confident they will be hard to come by out of the city.
We then toured the medieval area with its serious Viking history (the Vikings actually named dublin which means "black pool") on our way to the Guinness brewery. 
Marketing at its finest. It basically is 7 floors of how incredible they are at selling their product. Megan left the tour craving a Guinness and she isn't even a big fan. I on the other hand was as excited as when I got my banana seat bike with the red seat that sparkled in grade four.
After soaking it all up we had our complimentary pints in the 'gravity bar' at the top of the complex with its amazing views of dublin.
After the Guinness experience we headed back to temple bar for some sustenance of corned beef and cabbage and beef and Guinness casserole of course. A fabulous place!
Off to Kilkenny!
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