Wandering around Dublin or "I would have walked on even if I had stubs for feet!"

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Northside church
Our last day in Dublin, I got up earlier than Kris and Mary, and wandered around the Northside and the fruit and vegetable market, before buying goods for breakfast and lunch. It was nice getting away and having some time alone.

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.
Chimney viewing tower at Old Jameson Distillery
.. "thanks for raising me, you need the drink!").

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.
Lady Justice at Dublin Castle
There were some cool sand sculptures being built in the courtyard, and there was an interesting photo display of Beirut from the Irish-Lebanese Society. It showed Beirut, war-torn, 20 years ago and before the whole Hezbollah incident. While I'm not a drop Irish, my grandfather left Beirut as a child, so it tugged at the heart-strings. An interesting feature of the castle was Lady Justice above the courtyard, with no blinfold, her back to the people, and scales that used to tip when it rained (they had to drill holes at the bottom of the scales to let the rain drain). Some would say, art imitates life.

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.
Trinity College
I've always been a fan of celtic knotwork, and I used a lot of it in my former life as a painter (but I'm a nurse now, so all that's left of that life is a couple of sketch books and a knotwork source book...). The "informative" part of the display was pretty boring, but the illuminated books were amazing. I could have stood there looking at them for hours.

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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Northside church
Northside church
Chimney viewing tower at Old James…
Chimney viewing tower at Old Jame…
Lady Justice at Dublin Castle
Lady Justice at Dublin Castle
Trinity College
Trinity College
Near fruit and vegetable market
Near fruit and vegetable market
Jameson Whiskey Distillery
Jameson Whiskey Distillery
whiskey stills at the Jameson Dist…
whiskey stills at the Jameson Dis…
Jameson Barrels
Jameson Barrels
St. Patricks Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Inside St. Patricks Cathedral
Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral
Inside St. Patricks Cathedral
Inside St. Patrick's Cathedral
St. Christopher monument at St. Pa…
St. Christopher monument at St. P…
St. Patricks Cathedral
St. Patrick's Cathedral
Sand sculpting in the Dublin Castl…
Sand sculpting in the Dublin Cast…
Former Duhb Linn or black pool, …
Former Duhb Linn or "black pool,"…
Me, in the bling hallway at Dubl…
Me, in the "bling hallway" at Dub…
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
Dublin Castle
The Uncovered at the Porterhouse i…
The Uncovered at the Porterhouse …
Dublin castle
Dublin castle
Trinity College
Trinity College
Trinity College
Trinity College
Molly Malone or the tart with the…
Molly Malone or "the tart with th…
Temple bar
Temple bar
Temple Bar
Temple Bar
The Liffey in the afternoon
The Liffey in the afternoon
OConnell Street in the background
O'Connell Street in the background
O Connell Street from in front of…
O' Connell Street from in front o…
the Liffey at dusk
the Liffey at dusk
The Brazen Head
The Brazen Head
and thats before we started drink…
and that's before we started drin…
The Temple Bar
The Temple Bar
At the Quay Bar
At the Quay Bar
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