Singapore - London - Dublin

Trip Start Aug 16, 2008
Trip End Aug 23, 2008

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Flag of Ireland  , County Dublin,
Saturday, August 16, 2008

It was a 13 hrs long flight, starting 9am from Singapore to transit in London Heathrow Airport. Feeling restless, I took out my Casio Exlim to capture some ariel shots while plane was descending to Heathrow, the lense JAM!! Just my (bad) luck! It was another 1.5 hrs in a budget airline (BMI) to reach Dublin airport at 7pm local time. Had a long wait at the baggage belt till 8pm. To my astonishment, my luggage did not get transfered from Heathrow! The unfriendly BMI customer service only offered an overnight pack (toilettries and a XL white T shirt) and would transfer my luggage to my hotel room noon next day, earliest. At Castleknock, we ordered a simple salad and rested. Vivien graciously offered her clothings of that night.

Daybreak early at 4.30am in Dublin. Rain greeted us on Sunday morning, had breakfast and ventured to city center for a bus tour. We reached O'Connell St. at 9am, bought a Dublin hop on hop off bus tour ticket at 15.50Euros, which provides a quick taste of street life and a lot of the architecture. Around noon time, we joined Viking & Medieval Pat Liddy's Walking Tours of Dublin. This evocative walk brought us by City Hall before entering the courtyards and gardens of the historic Dublin Castle. Passing a medieval city wall we arrived to the west-end of Temple Bar to explore hidden streets and passageways where we discovered interesting period buildings and the more modern city rubbing shoulders with the ruins of the medieval towers, walls and gates and the mementoes of vast archaeological discoveries.

Interesting facts and info of Dublin City Tour:
Prominent Monuments
Dublin's most prominent monument, Nelson's Pillar, which stood near the General Post Office (GPO) in the centre of O'Connell Street, was blown up by the IRA in 1966, as their way of commemorating the Easter Rising. The IRA only demolished the top of the pillar, what remained was known as the stump, until its removal.

Daniel O'Connell - O'Connell St.

Molly Malone, a fictitious fishmonger featured in Dublin's anthem, who is shown, with ample cleavage, wheeling a cart. The statue was erected to celebrate Dublin's millennium in 1988 (although Dublin was more than 1,000 years old at the time, see History of Dublin), and is generally known in Dublin as the Tart with the Cart, the Dolly with the Trolley, the Trollop with the Scollops, or the Dish with the Fish. Click here for more info.

O'Connell Bridge, Dublin

O'Donovan Rossa Bridge, Dublin

Ha'penny Bridge, Dublin

The Guinness brewery visitor center: Whether or not you like the beer, this is a national monument in most people's mind. Guinness is also known as Black Beer in Ireland.

Trinity College hosts the Book of Kells, a copy of the Bible ornate with amazing original Celtic designs.


The Old Jameson Distillery is much more low key than Guinness; but also another popular attraction.

Unique amphibious tour

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