Wandering around Dublin or "I would have walked on even if I had stubs for feet!"
Dublin Travel Blog› entry 10 of 11 › view all entries
August 9th, 2006 – by: lulusartshack
After Mary and KRis were awake, and we had our breakfast of scones and tea, the first stop for the morning was the Old Jameson Distillery. Maybe it's because we had more rest, or maybe it's because the Guinness Storehouse is over-hyped, but we had fun at the Jameson Distillery, complete with animatronic cats and whiskey sampling. We *volunteered* Mary at the end of the tour, and we all got to taste the different whiskeys from Scotland and the US. We all got whiskey for our dads in the gift shop (popular gift for dads it seems.
After the Old Jameson Distillery, we headed down to the GPO to buy stamps, send off postcards and check out what the center of the 1916 Easter Rising was all about. We stopped at Eason's bookstore to pick up some Irish lit and history books and Brit magazines.
To counter drinking before noon, we headed to St. Patrick's Cathedral next. Can't remember anything specific about it, but I remember it was my favorite of the trip. I lit a candle for my mom, and bought her a St. Patrick rosary and a prayer card (my family is old school Catholic, even though I geuss St. Patrick's isn't technically a Catholic church...).
After St. Patrick's, we headed to Dublin Castle, our last and least castle-like of the trip. I's more a fancy political building.
Our last "planned" stop for the day was the Book of Kells at Trinity College. I was going to skip out on it, but I'm glad I didn't.
After Trinity College, Kris headed back for some rest, but Mary and me wandered on. My feet felt like they were going to fall off, but no way was I sitting on my butt my last day in Dublin! We wandered around Trinity college for a bit, checking out a few music shops, stocking up on some Irish music (trad and otherwise...) We then headed to Northside and wandered around the business district on O'Connell Street. We ended the day with some tasty hot chocolate and hanging out in front of the GPO.
I know Dublin's not perfect, with people panhandling, drug deals, graffitti, guys having DT's in the open and people walking by like it's nothing... It's gray and rainy, it's got a dark, gritty side, like any city. Sometimes I feel like I'm the one who notices those kinds of things on trips, but maybe that's because I'm an eternal optimist and it doesn't fase me... But Dublin is definitely one of my favorite cities. Our last night out was wonderfully bittersweet. We had so much fun, meeting people, listening to music, drinking "Toucan Brew" and chatting the night away.
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