A visit to Dublin

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Where I stayed
River Valley Holiday Park Redcross Village
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did

Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Saturday, August 11, 2012

Yesterday we caught the train to Dublin, we had to drive to  Greystone and were told to catch a train called the Dart from Greystone to the city. Like a couple of ignorants we thought that the train was going to be a fast and sleek train, well the name does suggest this. However it turned out to be a little old and slow but it got us there. Arrived at the station 50 minutes later( all together it took 90 minutes from the campsite to the city ( 54km only in distance ) The train takes you through some very nice scenery, steep cliffs full of bird life and beautiful coast lines. It turned out to be a warm day 26 degrees and lots of people took the day off to enjoy the sunshine so plenty of them on the beaches. The are grey here, pebbles and rocks.
In Dublin everything seems to be directed from the Trinity College site, and what a huge building it is. Lovely gardens and squares, still used as a university and exhibition grounds.We had to walk through the college grounds to get to the street front where we needed to go. First stop ,as per usual, the tourist office, where they informed us that a big cruise ship was in port . Great this happened to us in Gibraltar when Graham and Carol were with us, and we knew what this was going to mean. Bought a hop on , hop off bus ticket and settled ourselves on the red bus at the very first stop. The bus was pretty empty at this stage and we thought we were in luck. Travelled to the 2nd stop and there they all were, waiting at number 2 bus stop. Not a problem we said, once all the seats have been filled the bus will just have to move on. Oh how naive we were, they just kept piling the people in and lots of people had to stand in the isles. Did not affect us you might say, we were sitting down after all but, it reduces your visibility to just about 50% and you get pushed about a bit as well. The funniest bit was, the commentary was out of sync and everyone looked confused. Rick and I hopped off at the Guinness Brewery Storehouse, about 1/3 through the tour and lined up for our tickets to visit the brewery. Lonely Planet's comments were that it is over priced and over rated but you get a pint of guinness after you finished your tour. They are right, it is all very well laid out but very little visual and mostly reading. We did not wait for the free pint. Once outside we decided not to hop back on the bus again, everyone that passed us was as full as the one we were on before. Instead we walked back to the centre of the city and saw so much more and a lot more comfortable as well. There are some very nice parts in Dublin but we felt it lacked something. No buzz and as Rick described" there are no surprises around any corners"   Looks like London will remain number 1 city in our eyes, but then again it will be very hard to beat it.
Today we are staying home and not doing very much at all. Probably go for a walk later on but nothing too serious. So far it is not as warm as yesterday but to quote my favourite sister-in-law, the sun will burn it off shortly and it will be sunny.
Tomorrow we will be on our way to Belfast and catch the ferry back to Scotland on the 14th. More adventures coming up.
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