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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Ireland 2011 - 3rd Day in Dublin - Guiness Storehouse

This morning started out with a bit of rain but it freshened up things and made the Birdies very happy!!

I decided today that I would take a cab/taxi to my tour pick up spot but because I wasnt to sure where that was. The city streets are very strange here and the signage for the streets, are some what none existent. So if you dont know where you are going, you can get rather lost rather fast. But I think I have gotten some of it figured out :) The cab/taxi ride was rather interesting as well, driver was awesome very talkitive and explained alot and some of it I even understood. He explained that to get anywhere you basically good in a big circle and that you cant really get out of the circle until you get to where you are going, its a left circle and you can't seem to right turn out of it. LoL Well, I think that was basically what he was saying.

Part of the Tour took place at the Guiness Storehouse: http://www.guinness-storehouse.com/en/Index.aspx

Its a great museum located inside the old part of the Guiness factory. Also known as the St. Jame's Gate Brewery. St. James is the name of the church that is located at the front of the brewery, which I think still has some sort of significates?? LoL

"Since 1759, Guiness has been produced here at the St. James Gate Brewery. The brewery occupies 60 acres of land in Dublin's South Side. Each day 3 million pints of the black stuff are produced here for the Irish, UK, European and US markets.

A Guiness Fermentation Plant from 1904 to 1988 is now the 7 storey visitor experience dedicated to the history and making of this world famous beer."

About halfway through the brewery tour, you were able to have a sample of the Guiness. I walked through this section with full intentions of not tasting and then I thought to myself that if I have come this far I should at least taste, right. And well .... ??? :)

It was quite a good experience and learned at more about beer than I knew before. The architecture of the brewery as well as the surrounding buildings were awesome. Arthur Guiness and his son, had georgian style homes built for the men and their families, who worked for the brewery.

After the tour, I went to the National Museum of Ireland and wandered through it. I found the exhibition on Kingship and Sacrifice very interesting. I didn't take any photos of this exhibit out of respect.

"The exhibition also highlights a theory based on the observation that the bog bodies were placed on significant bounderies linking them with sovereignty and kingship rituals during the Iron Age." http://www.museum.ie/en/exhibition/kingship-and-sacrifice.aspx

On the back from the Museum, I found a little convenience shop that sold Timmies coffee ... Would You Believe!!! It wasnt the greats but it smelled like Timmies and sort of tasted like Timmies ... but it still doesn't go great with steamed milk hahah

And Last supper was "Fresh Cod & Chips" which as wonderful!!!

And thats it in a nutshell :)

Ireland 2011 - St. Patrick's Cathedral

Just a quick post of the Inside of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

There will be more once I have time to edit them.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Ireland 2011 - 2nd Day - Dublin Bus Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

I spent the day checking out the sites from the top of a Double Decker Bus ... and just so you know it is winding and rather chilly first thing in the morning!!  I was lucky, one of 23 bus stops for this tour is located just around the corner from the hotel!! 

Dublin Bus Tour Hop-On Hop-Off

Abbey Street Corner: This is mainly a shopping area. 
Trinity College: founded in 1592
National Gallery
St. Stephen's Green
Temple Bar:  This is another big district of shopping, eating and drinking.
Dublin Castle: this was neat to wander around in. 
Kilmainham Gaol
Phoenix Park:  Looks to be a beautiful place ... lots and lots of greenery and flowers
Wellington Monument: located in Phoenix Park

There were other spots along the way but these are some of the highlights of the tour.  Some of this tour was a blur, it went by so fast but I did go again on parts of the tour to visit a couple of the spots that grabbed my attention.  The Normans built a church in stone on this site in 1191.  It was rebuilt in the early thirteen century and is this building that is there today. One of the main spots that I stayed the longest at was St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Other sport that I am hoping to explore a little more is the Temple Bar ... no it is not a "bar" it is a district of shops, eateries and pubs.  Temple Bar has preserved its medieval street pattern, with many narrow cobbled streets.  I found a Sandwich/Soup & Cake shop, where I had a "Turkey & Coleslaw" Sandwich ... and Yes, it was Good!!!

I wander a little and got a tiny bit lost and missed out on my boat ride on the River Liffey which sucked because I was looking forward to it.  I still not exactly where I ended up but made it back to the bus stop that I needed to be at.  But did see some great old buildings along the way :)

Looking forward to tomorrows adventures.
Good Night All
The official residence of the President is Áras an Uachtaráin, located in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The ninety-two room building formerly served as the 'out-of-season' residence of the Irish Lord Lieutenant and the residence of two of the three Irish Governors-General: Tim Healy and James McNeill.

Top of the Double Decker Tour Bus.  I was wishing for some gloves and a warmer coat about this time.

And of course the Guiness Storehouse, which I will be visiting tomorrow and taking more photos of.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Ireland 2011 - First Day in Dublin

Well, the first day in Dublin was really good.  I arrived about 130pm at my hotel and got settled in.  Flights and connections were all good and had no trouble finding my way to the bus or to the hotel as I was quite happy about that.
I did go out and do a little shooting but about a block away from my hotel, the batteries in my camera died!!!  So I didnt get as many photos as I was hoping for!!  LoL :) 
Across the way, is a church and it is beautiful and old!!  The Christchurch Cathedral was established in 1030, I dont know if the building is that old but I will see what I can find out tomorrow.

The traffic here is bizzare to say the lest .... I gotta remember to look Right not Left!!!  And there are cars coming from every direction. 

Here are some images that I took today will add as I got along.  Just a few images because of lack of brains and forgot to charge the batteries, LoL  Hey I remember all the other stuff :)

Well, it is bedtime here!!
Good Night All