36 HOURS IN DUBLIN

Mom and I arrived in Dublin on a late ferry from Wales.  The first thing you notice when you arrive in Ireland is how open and friendly the people are.  You may not understand everything they say, but it sure is fun trying.

With just a day-and-a-half in Dublin, we set out to conquer the sights (after a good Irish breakfast), beginning our circuit at Trinity College, a must-do in the city.  We first took a tour of the campus with Niall, a very cute and congenial recent graduate and then popped in for a look at the storied Book of Kells, a beautifully illustrated Latin manuscript containing the 4 gospels of the new testament created by monks in the 8th century.

Trinity College Tower

Trinity College Tower

Illustration from Book of Kells

Illustration from Book of Kells

From there we walked through the Long Room, an amazing wood paneled, Harry Potter-looking library lined with amazing books and busts of some very smart, famous men, including Socrates, Plato and Shakespeare.

Long Room at Trinity College

Long Room at Trinity College

Staircase in the Long Room

Staircase in the Long Room

Busts of smart men

Busts of smart men

After that, we jumped on the Hop On/Off Bus for a tour of the city with a stop at Christchurch Cathedral where we got stuck due to a torrential downpour.  This was no Irish drizzle, but serious heavens-opening-tropical-style rain, which as it turned out, caused flooding and closure of a hospital and a major department store in the city.  Crazy!

Windows at Christchurch Cathedral

Windows at Christchurch Cathedral

In a break in the storm we managed to make a run for it to our Hop On bus, for a bit more sightseeing through steamy windows and then a very cool stop: The Guinness Storehouse museum.  Don’t like Guinness?  That’s okay, it’s still a good way to spend a couple of hours, with 5 floors of interactive displays on the history of the company, focused on how it’s been produced, distributed and marketed since its founding in 1759.  The museum is housed within the huge Guinness complex in an old brick building that was once used as a storage house (hence the name), and has been updated to keep many of the original details whilst adding a modern elevator in the center that climbs up to each of the floors inside a giant Guinness glass-shaped structure.

Tank door at Guinness Storehouse

Tank door at Guinness Storehouse

An old Guinness ad

An old Guinness ad

At the end of the museum visit, everyone is invited to the top floor for a 360º view of Dublin and complimentary perfectly poured pint of Guinness.

Look closely & you'll see clovers in the foam

Look closely & you’ll see clovers in the foam

Having a cold one at the top of Guinness Store House

Having a cold one at the top of Guinness Store House

We ended the day with a fabulous dinner at a place with a funny name:  The Pig’s Ear, one of the restaurants that’s helping Dublin establish a serious food scene.

Entrance to The Pig's Ear

Entrance to The Pig’s Ear

The next morning, we decided to have a leisurely day…walking around St. Stephen’s Green, having lunch in the city and then a traditional Irish cream tea (including scones with clotted cream – yum!) at the Westbury before we took a taxi to our rental car to begin a 5-day driving tour around the country.

Entrance to St. Stephen's Green

Entrance to St. Stephen’s Green

Map of St. Stephen's Green

Map of St. Stephen’s Green

Swans with an attitude at St. Stephen's Green

Swans with an attitude at St. Stephen’s Green

Mom enjoying afternoon tea at The Westbury

Mom enjoying afternoon tea at The Westbury

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3 Responses to 36 HOURS IN DUBLIN

  1. John Heffner says:

    What about busts of smart WOMEN?..oops…that didn’t sound right!

  2. Jane says:

    Loved Dublin and getting soaked to the skin in those crazy rain storms made it even more fun!! xo M

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