Trip Start Jan 27, 2009
20Trip End May 15, 2009
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We'd decided not to set an alarm, and get up whenever we were ready to explore Dublin. I was up a little early, but let Fiona keep snoozing as she is still not healthy! Of course, this meant that we missed the free breakfast downstairs, but it's not a big deal.
We walked through the back streets to the Suffolk St info centre where we picked up our Dublin cards which I had previously ordered online. The woman was nice, and asked if we were sisters! Hahaha...
Anyway, we stopped for breakfast in a really busy little cafe where we enjoyed a "full Irish breakfast" and some coffees, before deciding on a visit to Dublin zoo. We walked across the Liffey and up to the tram stop, paid some exorbitant fee for tickets, and then had to walk for 20 minutes through City Park to get to the zoo from the tram stop anyway. It was a beautiful walk, and though the weather looked like it was going to turn rotten it only got a little dreary!
Our passes got us into the zoo, and then we had a good time wandering around. It's really large, so we spent about 4 hours wandering around and still didn't see everything! I'd like to have gone back through to find the Red pandas and Australian exhibit, but we wanted to get to the Guinness Storehouse before they shut so I simply made some purchases at the souvenir shop and we walked back through the parks and back across the river. I was really damned tired and the walk was slightly uphill, so getting to the Guinness Storehouse took longer than it should have. I think I really frustrated the hell out of Fiona by walking so slowly, she was worried we wouldn't get there before we shut whereas I was worried my legs would give out :P
In any case we did make it in time, and again our passes let us in. Before even entering the exhibits proper, we spent large quantities of cash in the retail shop! It's all good quality and I got some nice presents so I'm happy. I didn't learn anything new about beer brewing, but I sure did enjoy the sights and smells of the exhibits. If we'd arrived earlier, it might have been nice to spend more time exploring the past advertising exhibits and the 'choice' section (promoting responsible drinking, in Ireland, hahahaha) but we had to rush to make it to the Gravity Bar for our free pint. Out of interest, I asked how many millilitres were in it but none of the bar staff knew! Does anyone know??
The view from here was great, so I took my time finishing the beer and watching Dublin. As we hadn't had lunch, I was a little affected from the beer which is a good thing because it made me feel a little less tired somehow!
After being kicked out for closing, we made our way back down to street level and walked to the tram stop. We took the tram back to Jervois and walked into Temple Bar for dinner. Of course it's pure tourism and high prices here, but we still went and paid heaps for some 'Beef & Guinness Stew", and I also enjoyed some potato & leek soup, it was too filling (I didn't finish my dinner!) but incredibly delicious. That night we sat back in the hotel watching some TV and reading, and generally just chilling out. On that note, it's a really nice place - Eliza Lodge - and I really liked it, my only complaint is that the street noise ignores the window and comes straight into the room. Luckily I actually sleep better with some background noise, so in the end I slept very soundly! :)
Until next time, Adeus!