Dublin, a brief visit

Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, August 27, 2002

Our friend Andrew had been living In Dublin for over a year and being slack, we had not been to see him, so we booked a Ryanair flight so we could hit the nights of Dublin. Andrew met us, then went to work, so we were left to out own devices. Dublin, realistically, is not all that big, so first stop was the Guinness factory. Very overpriced for a self-walking tour, which you get one free beer for. You can actually walk in for free, do the same walking tour, then go to the bar below the top floor, buy a pint, go to the top of the viewing tower and do as all the other tourists do. We moved onto the Jameson's factory. Neither of us like whiskey, but we did the tour and they give you a couple of free shots at the end. Lucy didn't like hers so, I closed my eyes and threw it down. The evening came, and we met Andrew for beers in the Temple Bar area. Next day came, and we took a walk to Kilmainham Jail. The British built this to house the Political prisoners of Ireland. It was great to do a tour and see the cells where famous Irishmen had been held, but for me, the highlight here was the fact that it had been used in my favourite movie, The Italian Job. All the jail scenes were filmed here. We went back into the city, had a walk around ST Stephens Green and then moved onto Trinity University. What a place this was. We found the student bar, which was also a cricket pavilion, and there was also a game taking place. Here was the cheapest pint of Guinness I could find in Dublin, so we sat back, put quite a few down, enjoyed the cricket, Andrew came, and we got blind. The last day, we caught a Dart out to the countryside and we climbed a hill where there was a memorial for famine victims. There was great views of the seaside. On the way down, we came across a huge set of doors which had loads of stuff written about Bono on them. We spoke to a few local people and they said that Bono lived there and so did numerous other famous Irish people. We didn't get to have tea and cakes with him, so we left feeling a little disappointed. Dublin was fun, a little expensive, but we needed to see more of Ireland in the future
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