St. Patrick & Arthur Guinness
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August 10th, 2008 – by: Jeroenadmiraal
In the morning we strolled around in a neighborhood that has a lot of old and monumental sights. There you can find the remains of Dublin Castle. It was a sunday so the castle was closed. But it is the most interesting from the outside anyway. A few streets ahead stands Dublin's most famous cathedral: the cathedral of St. Patrick. St. Patrick is the holy man of Ireland. He basically converted the island and the Irish are very protective of him. Hence St. Patrick's Day.
The cathedral is the largest of Ireland and inside lies the tomb of the famous writer Jonathan Swift. You can buy a copy of his Gulliver's Travels in the giftshop if you like.
One thing that is not to be missed is off course the Guinness Storehouse! Guinness is Ireland's national pride and I assume their biggest export product. The storehouse is a used-to-be factory, transformed into a beer museum. Step by step you are taken past the whole fermenting process and big barrels are on your way to show you the amount of beer that is produced. Scenes from Guinness' glorious past sweep by, all the way to the proudly smiling Arthur Guinness.
The merchandise floor is a great part of the Storehouse. I saw the original Guinness harp and lots and lots of funny posters. The most fun part is off course the free pint of Guinness you receive at the end in the Gravity Bar. From here you can enjoy a 360 degrees view over Dublin while having your Guinness.
In the evening we ended the day with some locally brewed O'Hara ale in a viking-like beergarden. We met some crazy Australians there, I tell you. Including two girls both named Bec. It was a great day!
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